Italy & The Grand Tour

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Italy and the Grand Tour  F2051

Chris Piccici, Instructor

$63 for members | $70 for non-members

Thursdays,  5:30 – 7:00 pm

 Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12

The Grand Tour was a formational journey to major European cities undertaken by young men of means as part of their formal education.  This class will focus on the history of this cultural phenomenon and consider why it became such a popular and important part of European culture.  We will also take an in-depth look at the major Italian cities that were considered da non perdere (not to be missed) as part of the tour.  Students will learn about the culture and monuments of Venice, Rome, Florence and Naples and their importance to the itinerary.  We will also read short first-hand accounts of travelers who chronicled their experiences in diaries and letters.  Finally, we will discuss basic Italian pronunciation and useful everyday phrases.

Chris Picicci is director of Italian at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  He graduated from Gonzaga University in Italian and Spanish and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in Romance Languages and Literatures specializing in Italian and Spanish Renaissance epic.  His current research focuses on the influence of Italian epic poetry on the Spanish epic of the Americas.  Other aspects of his scholarship include the impact of Petrarchan lyric, the distinction between author and narrator, and a broad range of topics on Humanism and epos in Renaissance literature. 

Instructor: 
Price: $70.00
Date :
21 Sep, 2017 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm