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March 22 to April 1, 2020

With Christy Junkerman, explore Italy’s oft-overlooked court cities—Bologna, Parma, Ferrara, Mantua—whose aristocratic families played vital roles in the birth of the Renaissance, hosting artists, architects and musicians.

Half a millennium after Raphael. Travel to the walled city of Urbino to view a special art exhibition marking 500 years since the death of its famous native son, Renaissance painter Raphael, in 1520. Head for the hills. Discover one of Italy’s most picturesque medieval villages on a walking tour of tiny Brisighella, during which we’ll visit its imposing 13th-century hilltop castle and then lunch at an historic restaurant carved into the hillside. Say formaggio! Get a firsthand look at the ancient process for producing the region’s high-grade Parmiggiano-Reggiano cheese while visiting a generations-old family dairy farm outside Parma.




Christy Junkerman
San Jose State University

Christy Junkerman teaches European art history at San Jose State University. An expert in Italian Renaissance art, she has also developed and teaches a popular series of courses on the art of Renaissance Italy for Stanford's Continuing Studies program.

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