Florence, Italy: Past as Present

Florence, Italy: Past as Present

October 15-22, 2022

Experience Florence with Mary Ann Calo, Batza Art and Art History Professor Emerita

Join members of the Colgate University community on an exclusive eight-day trip as we explore medieval piazzas, Renaissance masterpieces, and modern art. Travelers will enjoy private guided tours and visits to hidden local gems, while experiencing the art and culture of Florence.

Program Highlights:

  • Private visits to the Uffizi Galleries, Gori Collection, Villa Medici and I Tatti, and the Palazzo Gondi
  • Hands-on experience with Florentine Artisans
  • Excellent instruction by local experts and Mary Ann Calo, Batza Art and Art History Professor Emerita

Click here to see a detailed itinerary.

Registration is $5,669.00 USD per person and includes 7-night accommodations at Hotel Brunelleschi, a four-star hotel in the heart of Florence (based upon double occupancy), group meals (daily breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners, and three receptions), entrance fees to museums and monuments, tips, donations, airport transfers, and group city transportation.  Registration is $6,808.00 for single occupancy in the hotel.

Payment schedule option:
For those interested in a payment schedule, a $1000.00 deposit per person will be collected upon registration through this form, due before February 1, 2022. An Alumni Relations staff member will follow up with you following your registration if you choose this option. The balance of the total tour cost is payable no later than May 1, 2022.

Additional information:

Tour cost does not include:

  • Air Transportation, you are responsible to pay the cost of Air Fare or other travel arrangements, and related taxes, between the United States and Italy. Terms and conditions of the air carried, including cancellation terms, apply.
  • Travel Documents, you are responsible to obtain all passports, TSA forms, visas, customs forms, and other documents permitting entry into Italy and re-entry into the United States of America.
  • Required Health Forms, proof of COVID 19 vaccinations, COVID 19 tests as may be required to enter Italy and/or to re-enter the United States, quarantine arrangements, if required.

It is the sole responsibility of each Participant to have proper travel documents and to be in full compliance with all COVID 19 requirements. COVID 19 testing costs and quarantine requirements, if any, are the sole responsibility of each Participant.

Travel insurance: Colgate highly recommends purchasing travel insurance, which can be purchased at Travelguard or by calling 1-800-826-4919.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Participants have the right to cancel their reservation for the tour at any time prior to departure of the tour, however, if you cancel after February 1, 2022, then you agree that Events in Italy, Inc. will retain the following non-refundable amounts, not as a penalty, but as a reasonable estimate of the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by Events in Italy, Inc. in preparation for the tour.

  • Between February 1 and April 30, 2022, Events in Italy, Inc. will retain the non-refundabledeposit of $1,000.
  • Between May 1 and July 31, 2022, Events in Italy, Inc. will pay a partial refund equal to the total tour cost paid, less an agreed non-refundable amount equal to $2,000.
  • After August 1, 2022, no cancellations will be accepted and no refunds, full or partial, will be paid for any reason.

If the government of Italy and/or of the United States of America declares a state of emergency and prohibits all travel into Italy by citizens of the United States of America before October 15, 2022, then Events will cancel the tour and will refund the entire amount received from participants.

Conduct on tour: All Participants must wear masks on the Tour wherever mandated by local / governmental regulations or supplier protocols. Wearing a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose is required for all participants on tour buses. Participants must follow the instruction of the
events tour guides regarding mask protocols regardless of vaccination status and /or local requirements.

Events reserves the right to terminate the tour of any participant who is abusive of others, or whose behavior disrupts the tour, or who displays symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive on a tour, or whose physical condition otherwise negatively impacts the enjoyment of the tour by other participants. Events will make no refund and will accept no liability for any participant who is asked to leave the tour.

Waiver and Release of Liability:

Upon registering, you will be asked to sign the following waiver and release of liability. Participation on this tour is at your own risk. Events makes no warranties, representations, express or implied, regarding the safety of places on this Tour.

Participant acknowledges that international travel has inherent risks, dangers and hazards and that these risks and dangers may be caused by the negligence of the owners, employees, officers, agents, or third party independent contractors of Events in Italy, Inc., of other participants on the tour, accidents, Acts of God, force majeure conditions, including without limitation extreme weather, labor disturbances, riots or other civil disorders, war, terrorism, quarantine restrictions, government health advisories, epidemics, pandemics, or warnings or alerts of any kind or nature, refusal or cancellation or suspension or delay of any government authority, or damages to any travel supplier or its facilities, or other unforeseen circumstances
or causes whatsoever.

In consideration of the services provided by Events in Italy, Inc. you hereby release, discharge, waive, hold harmless, defend and indemnify Events in Italy, Inc., Colgate University, their agents, directors, officers, employees, and third party independent contractors, from and against any and all claims, actions, costs, expenses or losses of any kind whatsoever, for bodily injury, illness, property damage, wrongful death, loss of services, or otherwise which may arise out of the Tour or any participation therein.

Further information about Events In Italy, Inc. can be found at: elaineruffolo.com

Program Leaders

Modern and Contemporary Art Historian

Mary Ann Calo

Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor, Emerita, joined the Colgate University faculty in 1991 as a member of the Department of Art and History. During her 25 years at Colgate, Professor Calo taught courses on modern and contemporary art history, the arts and public policy, and American art. She also served as Chair of the Art and Art History Department, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Director of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Calo has spent many years living and working in Italy, initially as a student and then later as a professor. She led Colgate’s Venice Study Group and was a visiting professor of modern art at Syracuse University in Florence. Calo is the author of three books and numerous articles. Her edited volume, Critical Issues in American Art, is widely used as a textbook in college courses on American Art.


Renaissance Art Historian

Elaine Ruffolo has been teaching art history in Florence since 1989 and her special interests include the history of art and patronage in Renaissance Florence. Elaine firmly believes that the best way to understand a work of art is by exploring the context in which it was made. What makes art history interesting and relevant today is study of the political situation, economic conditions, patronage, and the artist's personality that is reflected in the work of art. Elaine currently lectures undergraduate and continuing art history programs in Florence. She is also the Resident Director for the Smithsonian Associate’s Programs in Italy, has developed art history programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Yale Alumni, College of William and Mary and the Patrons of the Vatican Museums. She has been on the advisory board of the Friends of Florence since 2000 and consults for CEO and YPO programs in Europe.

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