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Michelangelo_1475-1564_Sacred_Family_the_Doni_Tondo_grande (1)Join Road Scholar and Mark Gordon Smith, Instructor in Italian Renaissance Art History, Conversational Italian and Travels Across Italy, in a five day program entitled, “The Beautiful and the Powerful of the Italian Renaissance“.

The program begins on 22 April 2018 and concludes on 27 April 2018.

The program is based on the beautiful campus of Montreat College, about fifteen minutes east of Asheville, NC.

Participants will learn many background stories of the Italian Renaissance’s most powerful families, the iconic as well as less known works of art they commissioned, and the effect that their patronage of the arts had on western civilization. From Florence to Venice, Rome to Naples, the trace of Italian Renaissance art is a fascinating and remarkable one.

The pace is easy, informal and comfortable.

Please visit the Road Scholar web site for further details and information. Join us for what will be an enjoyable and fascinating exploration of Italy’s incredible Renaissance art and political history.

The Beautiful and the Powerful of the Italian Renaissance

22 – 27 April 2018

Montreat College Campus (on the outskirts of Black Mountain, NC)

Telephone Inquiries: 800-454-5768

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Montreat College View – Western North Carolina

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Today we reached a milestone.

100,000 visitors to our blog.

Please accept my profound appreciation for your loyalty and interest in our articles!

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I will continue to do all I can to ensure that you receive the best updates regarding the finest cultural experiences in bella Italia.

Grazie!

Mark Gordon Smith

Private Italy Tours LTD

Author, Tuscan Echoes A Season in Italy

and Tuscan Light, Memories of Italy

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Imagine your own Italian villa with garden

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A villa pool and view

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Your breakfast table in Italy

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Midnight in Umbria’s city of Norcia.

Huge construction lights illuminate the facade of the Basilica of St. Benedict. Behind the facade, ruin.  The loss of this religious and artistic treasure will take decades to restore-if it can ever be restored.

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October 30, 2016 – the aftermath

The basilica was constructed over the site where,  in 480 AD, the founder of the Benedictine order and Sister St. Scolastica were born.

Benedict’s legacy has been plagued with difficulties. The Monastery of Monte Cassino, located close to Rome, was destroyed during the final years of WWII. Though it was rebuilt, the crosses that mark the cost of allied victory dot the cemeteries at the abbey.

Now, the loss of the home church.

PLEASE keep the people of central Italy in your thoughts, meditations and prayers.

In June of 2015, the monks released a CD of their chants, recorded within the nave of the Basilica. As you hear the bells, calling the monks to service, and you hear the echo of their voices as they reflect off of 13th century wall, please remember that the walls exist no more. Now, the ghostly rise of their voices seek the stars . . .

Please click on the album cover below to watch the beautiful and moving video to mark the launch of their album.(Note that if you purchase the CD from their site, a portion of the proceeds go to help those in need.)

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