An intense overview of the area spanning from Rome to Orvieto. You will see the Archaeological Center of Rome and the Saint Peter’s Basilica, the fantastic Hilltowns perched on scenographic tufa plateaus, the Cathedral of Orvieto, the Unesco Site of the Tarquinia Etruscan necropolis and the masterpieces of the Renaissance Gardens and Palaces of the Northern Lazio region. A treasure chest of the most extraordinary examples of the environmental, historical and artistic heritage of Italy.
An extraordinary intensive workshop for beginners that, in addition to the theory and practical classes, will include guided field trips in Ostia Antica and Ravenna, the most iconic sites of the Roman and Bizantine mosaic tradition. Mosaic theory and hands-on learning under the guidance of a master teacher from Ravenna, author of mosaic restorations in many of the most important monuments and sites in Italy and abroad. The course is structured in 40-hour instruction. In class the participants will learn the basics of the Roman mosaic techniques. Lodging and full board at our Villa of the Aqueduct or Villa Le Terrae.
This intermediate level workshop is open to alumni that have already attended and completed Le Terrae Mosaic Workshop 1.The course is structured in 40-hour instruction. In class the participants will learn the basics of the Bizantine mosaic techniques. The two guided fieldtrips will be in Rome, to visit the most significant examples of late Roman and Bizantine polychrome mosaic in the Eternal City and in Ravenna, for an insider look at the state of conservation of the Bizantine mosaics. Lodging and full board at our Villa of the Aqueduct or Villa Le Terrae.
THE TRIUMPHANT SEASON OF RENAISSANCE ART: A JOURNEY AMONGST GARDENS, PALACES AND ART CITIES OF CENTRAL ITALY
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A full immersion in the refined culture of the Italian Renaissance, beginning with your stay in our Renaissance Villa of the Aqueduct in Orte. Villa d'Este in Tivoli, with its wonderful gardens and fountains; the art cities of Rome and Florence with visit to the Uffizi Gallery; the ideal Renaissance city of Pienza; Montepulciano, to taste its renown wine; and finally the fantastic period gardens of Northern Lazio. An extraordinary itinerary amongst the greatest expressions of art, architecture and landscape design of the Renaissance.
A fascinating thematic tour that traces back the historic evolution of the art of Italian gardens in a beautiful virtual journey back in time. The Unesco sites of Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli, the Renaissance gardens of Villa Lante in Bagnaia, the Sacred Wood in Bomarzo, the romantic park of Villa Borghese with visit to the renown Galleria Borghese in Rome, concluding with delightful garden of Ninfa. This is an itinerary amongst nature and art, in the magic atmosphere of the most famous gardens to leave a mark on the Italian history and culture.
THE PLEASURES OF THE GOOD ITALIAN CUISINE: A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER THE FOOD AND WINE TRADITIONS OF LAZIO, UMBRIA AND TUSCANY
An entertaining, all-inclusive soujour within the context of the local familial experience, including cooking lessons on hand-made pastas, and favorite traditional dishes prepared under the guidance of likeable local cooks. Each day’s adventure begins with a delightful trip to discovery the most excellent food and wine products of this region at the intersection of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. Didactic wine tastings with professional sommeliers to the best wineries and cellars, visits to olive oil, cheese and cured meat producers, without losing sight of the splendid architectural and artistic scenery that frames our events.
LIFE IN A HILLTOWN: THE UNDISCOVERED, CHARMING SMALL TOWNS BETWEEN LAZIO, UMBRIA AND TUSCANY
This itinerary will take you in the breathtaking landscapes of the hilltowns, built on naturally fortified steep tufa cliffs that in the past helped assure the strategic control of surrounding territory. The territory that we will explore was the theatre of intense volcanic activity; lava flows from the volcanic districts Vicano and Cimino created soft tufa rock formations that, through the erosion of rivers and creeks, gave form to the “Forre”: The spectacular canyons and cliffs with extraordinarily lush vegetation. We will visit small towns virtually untouched by tourism, and amazing sites that are only known by locals. While most of the trip takes you to undiscovered and authentic sites, one day is dedicated to the visit of the well-known iconic hilltowns of Civita di Bagnoregio and the spectacular jewel of Italian hilltowns Orvieto, to complete the overview of this extraordinary part of Italy.
In this fascinating and adventurous tour you will discover the sites and the refined culture of the Etruscan people, the forerunners and masters to the Romans. The itinerary includes visits to the Unesco Sites of the necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, with their wonderful wall paintings that help shed some light on the mysterious and still little known life of the Etruscans; walks into secret lush landscapes frozen in time; visits to undiscovered hilltowns of Etruscan origin and to a few of the powerful twelve Etruscan city-states, such as Orvieto and Vulci, that were the last to fall under the Roman hegemony.
LANDSCAPES OF LAZIO AND UMBRIA: CYCLING, HISTORY & CULTURE
This tour encompasses the beauty of rolling the classic Italian landscape by mornings, and experiencing the best of Italian arts, culture, and lifestyle into the evenings. Spectacular cycling destinations close to home allows spectacular rides in every direction. An intense overview of the area spanning from Rome to Orvieto. A landscapes tour from our home base near the confluence of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany by mornings, and Hilltowns, archaeology and Renaisance masterworks in the afternoons and evenings. You will see the hilltowns on Monte Cimino, Vitorchiano, Civita di Bagnoregio, Bomarzo, Narni, Todi and many more. An afternoon and evening in Rome will combine historic neighborhoods by day, fine dining at twilight, and the great sculptural fountains under the lights.