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Rome, Italy: Past Meets Present

Experience Rome with Mary Ann Calo, Batza Art and Art History Professor Emerita | March 16–23, 2019
Rome, Italy: Past Meets Present (March 16-23, 2019)
Back by popular demand — a trip to Italy, led by Professor Mary Ann Calo, exclusively for the Colgate community. In private guided tours and visits to hidden local gems, you’ll experience the art and culture of Rome, from iconic ancient ruins to Renaissance masterpieces to head-turning modern art. Join us for this seven-day experience of a lifetime.


Highlights include

  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Necropolis in search of St. Peter
  • Raphael’s Villa Madama
  • MAXXI center of contemporary art
  • American Academy of Rome
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What attendees had to say about "Venice: Past and Present" with Mary Ann Calo:

"I, simply, was dazzled by the itinerary as planned and as executed. From beginning to end."

"Our faculty guide, Mary Ann Calo, was excellent, as were the special tour guides that we met at many of our destinations. Some of the private, behind the scenes tours were the most special."

"Worth every penny!"

Meet Your Guides

Professor Mary Ann Calo

Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art And Art History, EmeritaMary Ann Calo, Batza professor, emerita, joined the Colgate University faculty in 1991 as a member of the Department of Art and History.

During her 25 years at Colgate, Prof. Calo taught courses on modern and contemporary art history, the arts and public policy, and American art. She also served as Chair of the Art and Art History Department, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Director of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Calo has spent many years living and working in Italy, initially as a student and then later as a professor. She led Colgate’s Venice Study Group and was a visiting professor of modern art at Syracuse University in Florence.

Calo is the author of three books and numerous articles. Her edited volume, Critical Issues in American Art, is widely used as a textbook in college courses on American Art.

Elaine Ruffolo

Elaine RuffoloElaine Ruffolo has been teaching art history in Florence since 1989. Her special interests include the history of art and patronage Renaissance Florence. Elaine firmly believes that the best way to understand a work of art is by exploring the context in which it was made. What makes art history interesting and relevant today is study of the political situation, economic conditions, patronage, and the artist's personality that is reflected in the work of art.

Elaine currently lectures for Syracuse University and Stanford University in Florence. She is also the Resident Director for the Smithsonian Associate’s Programs in Italy, has developed art history programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Yale Alumni, College of William and Mary and the Patrons of the Vatican Museums. She has been on the advisory board of the Friends of Florence since 2000 and consults for CEO and YPO programs in Europe.