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Venice, Italy: Past and Present

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

Friday, October 27 - Saturday, November 4, 2017

On private guided tours of the city’s most famous sights and visits to hidden local gems, you’ll experience the history, art, and culture of Venice with Professor Calo. It’s the trip of a lifetime, exclusively for Colgate alumni, parents, family, and friends.


Highlights include

  • The Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace
  • The Venice Biennale
  • The Peggy Guggenheim Museum
  • Villa Capra Valmarana
View the detailed itinerary here

Meet Your Guides

Professor Mary Ann Calo

Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art And Art History, EmeritaMary 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 led Colgate’s Venice Study Group and was a visiting professor of modern art at Syracuse University in Florence.

"I fell in love with Venice as a college student studying abroad in Italy. In the many years since I have had the pleasure of revisiting this splendid and fascinating city numerous times. By far my fondest memory of Venice is the time spent with the Colgate study group I led there in 1997. To be in this magical place with a group of Colgate students was one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my teaching career." — Mary Ann Calo

Elaine Ruffolo

Elaine RuffoloElaine Ruffolo, Italian Renaissance art historian, has been teaching art history in Italy since 1989. Her special interests include the history of patronage and the economy of city-states in Renaissance Italy. Ruffolo currently lectures for Syracuse University and Stanford University in Florence and leads programs in Italy for the Smithsonian, Yale Alumni, and Patrons of the Vatican.

“On this trip, even seasoned travelers will discover fascinating detail and hidden depths to Venice’s unique history and vibrant modern life. The outstanding Hotel Splendid will be our base. Transport to museums and monuments and many social events will be by water-taxi, on foot or gondola, adding a delightful extra dimension to your Venice experience. Get ready for a week of stimulation and surprises, mystery and revelation! — Elaine Ruffolo.