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Venice, Italy: Past and Present

Colgate University is offering a special trip to Venice accompanied by Batza Professor of Art and Art History Emerita Mary Ann Calo.
Brynne Becker, English and History, Venice Off Campus study trip

October 27 - November 4, 2017

Highlights include:

  • Guests will stay at Hotel Splendid, a delightful 4-star hotel situated half-way between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto bridge. Despite its central location, the hotel is quiet, with rooms overlooking side canals or a central courtyard.
  • Private visit to the Basilica of San Marco
  • Private visit and dinner at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum
  • Permission to visit the State Archives of Venice
  • Day in the Venetian Lagoon
  • Special visit to the restoration project with Save Venice
  • Special tour of the Venice Biennale
  • Farewell dinner at a private Venetian Palace on the Grand Canal
Price: $4,325 not including airfare


Join Colgate alumni, parents and friends on an exploration of this miracle of a city.  As participants in Venice: Present and Past, even seasoned travelers will discover fascinating detail and hidden depths to its 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. This website provides a summary of the entire week for your convenience and is accompanied by a few items to help you prepare for your trip. Get ready for a week of stimulation and surprises, mystery and revelation! We hope that your fond memories of our time together will remain with you long after you return home. I wish you safe travels to Italy and look forward to meeting you in Venice in October.

Ci vediamo presto,

Elaine Ruffolo
Italian Renaissance Art Historian
Tour sponsor

About 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 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, some of which grew out of research undertaken during her extended stays in Italy. Her edited volume, Critical Issues in American Art, is widely used as a textbook in college courses on American Art.

"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. Despite its reputation of being seemingly frozen in history, untouched by the modern world, no trip to Venice is ever the same. 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. With any luck, some of you will now join this trip and we will have a chance to re-discover Venice together once again!" - Calo