This program was well organized, interesting and informative.
This was a delightful hour and a half tour of many beautiful portions of scenery, ancient fortifications, and towns/cities along an old pilgrimage route from Mantua to Lucca, Italy. I had not known of the influential Matilda of Canossa so this session also informed me of her importance to the area and other significant historical facts. The speaker's soothing voice provided guidance along the route and pointed out key sites. Google Earth zoom-ins and road maps assisted in identifying where we were and where we were headed to. Ah, the beautiful photographs...so many to enhance the journey. Ms. Bolton-Porciatti also quoted poets and writers who were associated with the area, adding to the presentation. Her description of the terrain was on target with the photos. A most informative and entertaining session!
This was a very interesting conversation with Kate Bolton-Porciatti. She was a great presenter and very knowledgeable. I was very interested since I had been to the area on previous trips, was aware of the Castile of Canossa but had not been able to visit. This talk gave so much more historical information and context to the whole area of Matilda's lands. I definitely want to visit!
What a pleasure it was to attend this seminar ! Expertly organized with tantalizing video and breathtaking photography! Succinct in that we covered all 300 kms. within the allotted time in a logical and well-planned sequence. Kate is obviously an expert on the subject, detailing each stop with historical, practical and cultural details so the journey is never dry. She also has a soothing and professional delivery that exudes a confidence that encourages one to sign up right away to do the actual tour (with context ?).
So glad I made this the first Contest Travel Conversations seminar I ever attended. The Via Matilda sounds like what the Camino Francés must've been before its popularity exploded. Kate's presentation is scenic and evocative as she weaves stories around what you're seeing—a nice way to get "out" of the house during lockdown, to a place that apparently hasn't yet made it onto major travel-media radars.