Exciting Art & History Presentations!


Two series on Italian art are planned for June.

The first is “The Art Capitals of Italy” where our art scholar Rosa Di Grottole will guide us through the art and history of the magnificent cities.  You will walk alongside a long-time resident of these cities, inspecting the outdoor expositions and buildings and peek into the treasures hidden deep within the museum walls.

Join us for this 3-Sunday course with the talented Rosa Di Grottole.  Dig into the Italian Art and learn about the hidden (and not so hidden) treasures of Florence, Rome and Venice.

A great armchair-travel through the classic works and cities. Learn the fascinating history behind incredible works of art. Each day a different city. Experience what it is like to stroll from the city’s central train station and see the evolution of art during the past two millennia.  And it is a perfect way to prepare for your next trip to Italy!

Would you like something even more in depth?  Then attend the presentations “The Medici”, a history of art progressing from the medieval to the explosion of genius during the Renaissance.  During this period on of the world’s wealthiest banking family support the key figures of that period from the painters to the popes.

Rosa, who lived in the Medici city of Firenze for ten years, has sketched out a plan for your stroll through art and time:

June 4th – The Early Medici and their artists: Cosimo il Vecchio e Lorenzo il Magnifico and the beginning of a new era in Florence.  Art in the Duomo, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Chiesa di San Marco, Palazzo Medici in Via Larga. Works by Brunelleschi, Donatello, Fra Angelico,

June 11th – The Medici power: Medici’s Popes, Medici’s Queens, Cosimo I, Francesco I and Ferdinando I, the Renaissance and the Granduchy.  The Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, works by Vasari, Michelangelo, Raffaello

June 18th – The Last Medici: Cosimo II, Ferdinando II, Leopoldo II, Cosimo III, Gian Gastone, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici.  The Cappelle Medicee, Palazzo Pitti, works by Giardini di Boboli, Ville Medicee

The Medici forever changed the art of the western world and the family left their mark on Italian culture that has endured for nearly 600 years.

Join Rosa and other enthusiasts of Italian art, history, and culture.  The Art Capitals presentations are 3:00 to 4:30 and the Medici presentations are 5:00 to 6:30.  Dates are Sundays June 4, 11, and 18 for both series.  The cost for each 3-class series is just $60.  Location is the Italia in Ohio offices, 4663 Executive Drive, Columbus 43220.

Sign-up on-line under the classes tab. For more details e-mail Sergio@ItaliaInOhio.com or phone 614.538.8000

Visit Tuscany with an Art & History Expert

The follow-up to our series on Florence, Rome, and Venice is “A spasso a Toscana”.  Come along with our resident art expert Rosa Di Grottole as she guides us through the art treasures and history of Lucca, Pisa, and Siena.

Presentations are three consecutive Sundays starting tomorrow, 30 April, at 5 PM, in the Italia in Ohio conference room 9.  The series of three 90-minute presentations are $50 payable by cash, check, CC or Paypal.

For a taste of Lucca watch this video: A spasso a Lucca

Reserve your seat now with an e-mail to Sergio@ItaliaInOhio.com



Host an Italian Exchange Student

Interested in hosting an foreign exchange high school student for the 2017-2018 school year?  Here is a perfect opportunity!

Isotta is a 17 year old girl from Italy.

“I’m Isotta, I’m sixteen and I am a student of Scientific Secondary School in Italy. I think it’s a really good opportunity to improve my English, learn new things, new culture and different way of life; I’m sociable so I hope to meet new people and make new friends too.

I love doing sports and in my free time I love so much cooking, painting, drawing, taking photos, listening to the music and staying with friends. I’ve got a little dog and I love dogs and cats so much. GPA: 3.00 Program Length: 10 months, August 2017-June 2018.”


If interested, please contact Pamela, CIEE Local Coordinator – Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), via email and/or phone to obtain additional information about Isotta and CIEE:
E-mail: columbusciee@aol.com
Tel: 614.364.3036