Archive for Betsy Byers


Our time in Italy is coming to an end. The images above are taken from the interior of the baptistery in Florence, a surprise hail storm by the Arno River, views from Orsanmichele and our beautiful day in Pisa. This weekend was gorgeous weather. Matt and I had all of the students to our apartment […]

Please enjoy images from our weekend in Venice. The allure of Venice exists largely due to its context as a port city. In its architecture, streets and its paintings cultures mingle to create an identity that is unique to the Venetian lagoon. The juxtaposition to Florence’s culture is stunning (Florence being inland and looking largely […]

Some images from Florence and Siena

Please enjoy looking at a few images from the past three days. We have explored Siena,  toured the Renaissance palaces of Florence and the Uffizi. Tomorrow, we travel to Venice!

  Florence and Arezzo   We arrived in Florence on Friday.  Recognizing the importance of religion and politics during the Renaissance, we began our stay in Florence with visits to the geographic centers of both in the city:  first to the Palazzo Vecchio and second to Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo).   We concluded Saturday […]

Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in two days!

We have been busy the past two days in Rome. Yesterday, we studied ancient Rome by visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitoline Museums. Today, we focused on the historical impact of classical Rome on Renaissance artists beginning with the Proto-Renaissance “Stefaneschi Triptych” by Giotto and ending in the Sistine Chapel with works by  a […]

La Dolce Vita

We have safely landed in Roma and we are currently settling into our rooms for a good night sleep after a busy day. Today we toured the city via bus, walked to the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Piazza Navona (to see Bernini’s Four River Fountain) and ate at a quaint restaurant off a side street near […]