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Art History Tour

Following the trail of Piero della Francesca


You are invited to take part in a week’s historic tour on location in and around the lovely hill town of Cortona in Tuscany. The tour will include visits to important cultural towns such as Siena, Arezzo and Orvieto, where you will see some of the most significant works by artists of the Early Renaissance era.

The itinerary has been carefully designed to allow study and discussion (supported by slides) of the political, social and religious climate that influenced many of the works. There will also be lots of time for sight-seeing and leisure activities.




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The Anfiteatro Flavio
Construction of the Colosseum was started under the emperor Vespavian and was completed by his son Titus in 80 A.D. Originally named the amphitheatre of Flavio, it became known as the colosseum because of an enormous bronze statue of Nero which in the second century A.D. was placed near by the monument. The building was used for gladiator fights, hunting simulations involving ferocious and exotic animals and similar entertainments. The building was constructed with blocks of stone and brickwork. The outside is composed of four levels , the first three of which are made up of 80 arches while the fourth is divided into sections interspersed with windows. On this level were placed both stone and wooden supports which held an enormous canopy which served as a roof to protect the spectators from the elements. The brickwork on the inner building was finished with a marble veneer. The arena itself was a huge wooden floor covered with sand while the subterranean passages consisted of a series of tunnels where the wild beasts and various equipment used during spectacles were held. Holding up to 73.000 spectators, entrance to the Colosseum was regulated through a ticket system, with each ticket indicating where the holder should go through the internal passages and corridors to find his or her seat.


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