Renaissance Art in Emilia-Romagna with Art Historian Rocky Ruggiero

It is said that this area of east‐central Italy will one day be the next Tuscany. Towns here look much the same as they did in the 14th and 15th centuries, minus the crowds that can overwhelm the region of Tuscany to the west. At least for now, travelers to Emilia‐Romagna can intimately and authentically experience the true Italy.

Some of the most important art and architecture of the Renaissance, and certainly the most important outside of Tuscany, will be explored on this tour with Rocky Ruggiero, a fan-favorite study leader. Visit quintessential Renaissance towns filled with outstanding art, fabulous food, and warm people, who will welcome you during special visits into their homes. 

Whether you have been to Italy many times or never before, this trip promises to be a unique and memorable experience.

"In Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, published in 1996, Fred Plotkin flatly declares Emilia-Romagna 'the most outstanding region in Italy' for eating." ~ NY Times  


Accepting Early Interest. Email to express early interest

As an SBMA-customized, SBMA-exclusive special tour, SBMA Members at the $500 level and above and Curatorial Support Group members will get advanced notice and the first opportunity to sign up, followed by the Early Interest List, then full SBMA Membership if it has not already been filled.


Tour Guide

Dr. Rocky Ruggiero, Art and Architectural Historian

Rocky Ruggiero has been a professor of Art and Architectural History since 1999. His online lectures on subjects ranging from Ancient Art and Architecture through the Italian Baroque are extremely popular with an expansive worldwide audience. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University, where he was awarded a prestigious Florence Fellowship in 1996. He furthered his art historical studies at the University of Exeter, UK, where he received a Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture. In addition to lecturing for various American universities in Florence, Italy, including Syracuse, Kent State, Vanderbilt, and Boston College, Rocky has starred in various TV documentaries concerning the Italian Renaissance. He recently appeared as an expert witness for NBC News, as well as in the History Channel’s “Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World” and “Museum Secrets: the Uffizi Gallery”, and the recent NatGeo/NOVA PBS program on Brunelleschi’s dome entitled “Great Cathedral Mystery.” Rocky also shares his knowledge and love of Italian art as an academic advisory board member of the non-profit group Friends of Florence and as a frequent collaborator and lecturer for the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, both of which have provided funds for the restoration of numerous works of art throughout Florence. After living in Florence, Italy for 20 years, Rocky and his family moved to East Greenwich, RI, and he now divides his time between the US and Italy.


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