May 02, 2020 — May 10, 2020

The Venetian Lagoon & the Pearls of the Po Aboard La Venezia

About the Trip

Experience la bella vita on a rare river voyage from Venice to Italy’s less-explored “breadbasket.” In Venice, enjoy an exclusive after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. Then, embark on a delightful seven-night voyage, the first of its kind in over a decade, aboard the newly renovated La Venezia. Discover artistically rich towns that are underexplored by international visitors, and marvel at exquisite art and architecture. Take behind-the-scenes tours of some of Italy’s most beautiful opera houses, and visit the castles and palaces of great Renaissance families. Asolo/Palladian Villas Pre-Cruise Option.

From $6,999 per person - Select cabins available with NO single supplement!

About the on board lecturers

Keith Christiansen, Expert on Italian painting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Keith Christiansen still thinks of himself as a Californian, having attended high school and college there (UC Santa Cruz and UCLA) before completing his PhD at Harvard University. He arrived at The Met in 1977 with a specialization in Italian Renaissance painting, but since then has organized exhibitions and written about artists as diverse as Simone Martini, El Greco, Nicolas Poussin, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. His real love is working to expand the collection through acquisitions and gifts—such as Lorenzo Lotto's Venus and Cupid, Guido Cagnacci's The Death of Cleopatra, and Franz von Stuck's Inferno—which have the potential to give visitors a richer, more varied presentation of the past that challenges expectations.

Joyce E. Chaplin, History Professor, Harvard University

Joyce E. Chaplin (PhD and MA Johns Hopkins, BA Northwestern) is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History. A former Fulbright Scholar, she has taught at five different universities on two continents and an island, and in a maritime studies program on the Atlantic Ocean. She is most interested in topics where humans and nature meet, including subjects in early American history, intellectual history, the history of science, and environmental history. An award-winning author, her major works include An Anxious Pursuit:  Agricultural Innovation and Modernity in the Lower South, 1730-1815 (1993), Subject Matter:  Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676 (2001), and The First Scientific American:  Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius (2006). She is also the editor of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography:  A Norton Critical Edition (2012). Her reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, and the Wall Street Journal

Craig Wright, Italian Opera Expert and Music Professor, Yale University

Studied piano and music history at the Eastman School of Music (1962-1966) and went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard (1966-1972). Wright moved to Yale, serving as chair of the Department of Music from 1986-1992 and becoming the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music in 2006. At the undergraduate level he teaches a basic music appreciation course (one of Yale’s largest) and the music history course required of majors in Medieval and Renaissance music. His music appreciation course, “Listening to Music” is currently the fourth most popular online course in China.  At Yale, Wright has also developed an interdisciplinary course, “Exploring the Nature of Genius,” which has attracted a strong following in Yale’s Humanities program.  Recently, he has turned his professional research away from early music to Mozart and the concept of genius.

He is one of the few individuals to be awarded the Dent medal (RMA), the Einstein prize (AMS), and the Kinkeldey award (AMS). He also has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEH Fellowship. In 2004 Wright was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Chicago, and in 2010 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.