ZOOM PRESENTATIONS

So much has been written about the year 2020, including myriad of jokes and memes, so I won't even try to add something smart or new.

 

Here we are, well into 2021. For now, this brave new world of online communication has replaced my one-on-one contact with the clients during the guided tours. It has been a bit like learning a completely new skill, worrying about conveying the concept with words only, not being able to look people in the eye and smile, or make a serious face where necessary. I worried about it being only about my voice, people not looking so much into that little square with my face in the top-right corner of their screen, about not being able to judge by people’s facial expressions if they are bored or excited etc. I used to monitor the body language of all the members of the group and adapt the pace and the tone accordingly. I would make a funny remark when necessary to wake the Grandpa up or ask if anyone would like a gelato (difficult to receive a "no" to this) to make the kids happy. What now? What if I needed to cough? Or scratch my nose? Or run to the bathroom (hopefully with my microphone off)?

 

Luckily, everyone is adapting, and we are all learning to make the best of our situations. While I do hope the regular tours and traveling will happen again soon, I also think a part of this novelty is here to stay. My idea is to adapt these presentations to people’s needs and desires, make difficult concepts easy and bring Rome to your living room while we are waiting for things to change. Apart from what you can find online (check below), I would always be happy to prepare a new presentation based on your interests and preferences. I am currently working on Baroque palaces (Borghese, Colonna and Doria Pamphilj), pilgrim routes in Rome and "foodie musts" in the Eternal City.

I am available for private Zoom presentations on any subject that regards Rome and Italy, be it historic, artistic or gastronomic. If interested, please contact me for details.

TWO MICHELANGELOS OF ROME
 

A short but intense journey through the marks two giants of art left in Rome. Michelangelo Buonarotti and Michelangelo Merisi, aka Caravaggio, could not have been more different but it is impossible to immagine the history of art without either of them.

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NEW! A DAY IN ROME

What to do if you only have one day in Rome? Whether it is you first time or a repeated visit, this presentation may provide you with just the right ideas to make your experience meaningful and enjoable.

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CHURCHES OF ROME WITH OLGA

Join me on a whirlwind tour of some of the most beautiful churches of Rome. It was a tough task to chose among 900 historical, artistic and religioius attractions but the embarassment of choice is all Rome is about.

TORLONIA MARBLES UNCOVERED

FOR KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA LIBRARIES

The blockbuster Torlonia Marbles exhibition in Rome came to an abrupt halt shortly after its long-awaited opening in October.

It will hopefully open again at Capitoline Museums soon and in time continue its planned journey from the Louvre and the British Museum to the museums in the US.

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GALLERY BORGHESE TOUR

FOR KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA LIBRARIES

Gallery Borghese is considered by many to be the most beautiful museum in Italy. This guided tour through the history of the collection will take us through the rooms full of paintings, statues and painted ceilings, revealing the backstory of the most famous pieces and the delicious bits of gossip that sometimes helped keep the stories about these remarkable artworks alive for future generations.

PANORAMIC TOUR OF DUBROVNIK FOR KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA LIBRARIES

Join this Panoramic Tour of Dubrovnik and prepare for your next trip to Croatia and this enchanting town dubbed as "The Pearl of the Adriatic" by Lord Byron.

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PANORAMIC TOUR OF ROME

FOR KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA LIBRARIES

Join this Panoramic Tour of Rome and get to grasp the size of the city itself and abundance of most diverse and inspirational sites and monuments. Wander through the medieval alleys, stand in awe in front of the famous Victor Emanuel II monument, admire the view of the Ancient Roman Forum and have a peek into St. Peter’s Basilica. 

SISTINE CHAPEL TOUR

FOR THE CENTER CHARLOTTESVILLE

Learn about the three different periods during which the Sistine Chapel was frescoed, the masters who painted it, and how Michelangelo revolutionized the art of painting the ceilings. Special attention is dedicated to the ancient statues that inspired Michelangelo's signature muscular style during an introductory walk through the Vatican Museums to prepare the visitors for the most famous chapel in the world.

Image by Calvin Craig