This was a wonderful, well-planned part of a larger course. Bolton-Porciatti is very well-informed, and presents views both of a Tuscan insider and of a scholar. The Siena material was particularly helpful to us, since our visit to Siena under the burning summer sun wasn't a successful one. Highly recommended.
The images of the cities were absolutely beautiful and the historical information was very interesting. I would love to go see these places and I hope I am able to do so in the not too distant future.
As always, this was wonderful.
Kate's presentation was clear, well organised, entertaining. A fine mix of history and travelogue! She clearly knows these lovely places very well indeed. I particularly liked her mix of styles - short lecture, then video. It worlked very well. Now I want to go and visit these places....
Ms.Bolton-Porciatti makes Italian history come alive. With a clever usage of videos combined with lecture, you are put right there in the scene as she describes history, art and architecture. A gem of an experience.