Renaissance Dissident
Art History from a Different Perspective

Art History and Cultural Tours

A carved Romanesque capital of a column in the church of San Secondo, in Cortazzone, Piedmont.
The carved Romanesque capital of a column in the church of San Secondo, in Cortazzone, Piedmont. Photo: Paolo Barosso.

I organise private art history and cultural tours for small groups in Piedmont, using the historic town of Fossano, which is perfectly-placed as a base to explore the area from: to the east, the hills of the Langhe are less than 45 minutes away by car, and to the west the historic sites up in the mountain valleys can be reached in less than an hour. Using a private limousine service, I take small groups to remote castles and churches that you would never be able to reach by public transport. I work with specialist local guides, and at the different locations I talk you through the art we see. Along the way, we also enjoy delicious food and fantastic wine! I offer set tours along certain themes, but can also design ‘bespoke’ itineraries for your group. For more information please get in touch via the Contact page.

Here is a selection of the cultural tours I offer in Piedmont. Further tours will be added to this page for the 2024 season.

Art history tour about the courtly art in the castle of La Manta, Piedmont
Article about the Gothic art in the churches and chapels of the province of Cuneo, Piedmont.
A photo of the Sacra di San Michele in Piedmont, the inspiration for the book by Umberto Eco, ‘The Name of the Rose’.
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