Medici Villas: Florence and Fortune with Alessandra Becucci - Context Travel

Medici Villas: Florence and Fortune with Alessandra Becucci


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In this conversation, we will focus on the lives and histories of the Medici family through their grandeur homes and villas. Over a period of about three centuries, while settling their fortunes in Florence, the Medici continued maintaining strong connections north of Florence, where they originated from, and built out and restructured rural residences and villas all over Tuscany.

Set in the magnificent Tuscan countryside, the Medici Villas and Garden are expressions of their mastery of the territory and fine examples of how they shaped architecturally their rise to power. Together, we'll discuss these villas which were recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites in 2013. We'll learn about how the villas testify to the family's political and economic ambitions, represented in the new aesthetic relation with the landscape as in the innovative decorative solutions, carried out by illustrious Renaissance artists and engineers.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this interactive seminar will explore a collection of Medici villas. Led by art historian and native Florentine, Alessandra Becucci.

Born and raised in Florence, Alessandra has a degree in art history from the University of Florence with a specialization in seventeenth-century painting. She obtained an MRes from the European University Institute in Florence, where she defended her Ph.D. in history, focusing on the patronage of the Tuscan nobility in Europe during the seventeenth century. She has been teaching art history and Italian for several years in various schools and institutions in Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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K.F.D.
Charming and Informative Lecture

Fascinating story about Some of Major properties of the Medici. Alessandra Becucci is very knowledgeable and does a wonderful job of filtering information to make it manageable for a 90 minute talk. Fabulous visuals and good maps.

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Very disappointing. Dull presentation. Poor use of slides. Left after 10 minutes.

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M.
Great lecture

Wonderful overview of several Medici villas.

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Content in Context Conversations, with one exception, has been absolutely great. Presentations have been well organized and presented. Experts have been knowledgeable and passionate. But ...

Sound quality has, in too many Conversations that I have done, been mediocre or worse. My wife and I have participated in three Conversations led by Alessandra Becucci. In one, sound quality was great. In second, it was awful. We did not understand half what she said. This last one was somewhere in between.

If sound problems happen again, I will expect Context to refund my fee. It is frustrating not to be able to get everything that is being said, and that has happened too frequently.

You need to pre-test all technical details. My observation is that microphone attached to headphones and wrapping around presenter's cheek works. Microphone attached to earbuds and dangling near presenter's neck does not work consistently, and sound quality fades in and out. This was microphone type used by Alessandra in this presentation. Correspondingly, sound went in and out, depending on how she was moving and, also, how forceful her voice was. Computer microphone does not work at all.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
71%
(5)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
K
K.F.D.
Charming and Informative Lecture

Fascinating story about Some of Major properties of the Medici. Alessandra Becucci is very knowledgeable and does a wonderful job of filtering information to make it manageable for a 90 minute talk. Fabulous visuals and good maps.

X
X.
X

Very disappointing. Dull presentation. Poor use of slides. Left after 10 minutes.

M
M.
Great lecture

Wonderful overview of several Medici villas.

A
A.

Guest did not leave comment

J
J.

Content in Context Conversations, with one exception, has been absolutely great. Presentations have been well organized and presented. Experts have been knowledgeable and passionate. But ...

Sound quality has, in too many Conversations that I have done, been mediocre or worse. My wife and I have participated in three Conversations led by Alessandra Becucci. In one, sound quality was great. In second, it was awful. We did not understand half what she said. This last one was somewhere in between.

If sound problems happen again, I will expect Context to refund my fee. It is frustrating not to be able to get everything that is being said, and that has happened too frequently.

You need to pre-test all technical details. My observation is that microphone attached to headphones and wrapping around presenter's cheek works. Microphone attached to earbuds and dangling near presenter's neck does not work consistently, and sound quality fades in and out. This was microphone type used by Alessandra in this presentation. Correspondingly, sound went in and out, depending on how she was moving and, also, how forceful her voice was. Computer microphone does not work at all.