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For a historical tour in and around Venice, it would be hard to top this. Looked forward to it each week. I’d started reading Dr.Madden’s book on the subject before the course was announced, and I recommend it also.
Dr. Madden has studied Venice for many years so his depth of knowledge is evident in every session. He's able to answer in clear fashion all the group's most complicated questions.
This completes my second course with Dr. Madden (first was Istanbul). He is an engaging, informative, well-organized presenter who makes history come alive. Even if you've visited Venice and read about it, I'm sure you'll enjoy his course and learn something new.
My husband and I have traveled to Venice a lot and it is one of our favorite places. Over the years we have picked up a lot of information about Venice but this class really pulled it together and made every layer of Venice’s history come together! Dr Madden is not only a remarkable scholar with access to original medieval source material but he is a gifted presenter of his research and insights. He is both Intelligent and charming. He is the guy you would absolutely love to sit next to at a dinner party!!! He has a lovely dry and self deprecating sense of humor which is perfectly balanced with his encyclopedic understanding of medieval history to make a class that I truly looked forward to each week. And I learned so much! I have already taken one of his courses and am signed up for 2 others.