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ITALY & SLOVENIA: Culture, Cuisine & Curative Treasures with Bonnie & Ken Fitzgerald

Workshop Description

Experience the splendor of Northern Italy and the country of Slovenia with Maverick Mosaics International artist and host Bonnie Fitzgerald as we open doors for you to explore, create and learn. And, with Bonnie’s professional and personal relationships, we will visit private studios and meet internationally acclaimed mosaic artists.

Get ready to enjoy a rich and memorable week of mosaic art history, cultural engagement, terrific food, studio visits and great company.

Ravenna is the birthplace of Byzantine mosaics and we begin our adventure steeped in this rich tradition. Ravenna is also home to some of the world’s most famous contemporary mosaic artists and we will spend time in galleries and studios enjoying the many facets of mosaic history. There will visits to world-renowned glass factories and galleries in Venice and Murano and we’ll see first hand the tradition of formal mosaic education as we visit the world famous Spilimbergo’s school of mosaic. We breathe in the mountain air of Slovenia’s magnificent Lake Bled and experience Europe’s “Green Capital,” Liublijan, Slovenia. This will be an amazing one of a kind adventure.

From our meeting place in Treviso, Italy a private coach will transport you to Ravenna. With its rich history of mosaic production, Ravenna is home of the Basilica of San Vitale, which contains some of the most celebrated mosaics in the West. We will visit the city’s premier museums, take in a historical perspective of Byzantium, and visit galleries and artist studios for a taste of the contemporary mosaic art scene.

Then it’s on to Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Of course we will visit the "must sees", Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and have a private visit to the Orsoni glass factory, where we will witness the furnace artisans at work making smalti (shopping time allotted too!)

Located on the Grand Canal we have arranged for guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, their impressive collection of contemporary art is another jaw dropping experience. Lots of free time has been built into the schedule to explore Venetian galleries, vaporetto out to the island of Murano and dining in quaint neighborhood restaurants.

Northward to Friuli Mosaic School in Spilembergo. This internationally acclaimed institution is the world’s leader in terms of mosaic techniques and materials. The School objective is to unite tradition with innovation. Our time there will allow for gallery viewing and visits to local installations fabricated by students over the years. We also plan to visit the nearby Giovanni Travisanutto factory, where countless mosaic artworks destined for all over the world are created (including the domes a the Bacilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.) An exclusive and private studio/gallery visit to Maestro Giulio Menossi in Udine a celebrated contemporary master of the mosaic medium will be a memory to cherish.

Many of the daily adventures on Maverick trips are UNIQUE, one-of-a-kind opportunities with some components not available to the public. We offer intimate hassle free travel, professional full time escorts and university educated guides, wonderful accommodations, and street-level cultural engagement based in the world of art, architecture, archeology…. and wonderful local cuisine!

This is Maverick Mosaics' sixth international tour, and our proven success is due in large part to the expertise and planning of our travel and logistics partner A La Carte Travel. A La Carte Travel is the nation's leader in exclusively providing educational institutions with affordable access to learning opportunities abroad, and Maverick Mosaics qualifies as an educational institution. Hassle free travel is a paramount feature, ground transportation and transfers are included, no waiting in lines for scheduled tours and we have professional multi lingual escorts and guides traveling with us. A La Carte Travel promotes the values of understanding the world we live in through experiencing and learning about different cultures. With 25+ years of experience organizing tours for educational institutions, A La Carte Travel is the perfect partner with Maverick Mosaics for this unique travel and learning experience.

This is a 12 day trip; we begin our tour on the afternoon of September 1 at our hotel in Treviso, Italy, a short taxi from the Marco Polo Airport near Venice. The trip concludes in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

A hands-on art project is part of the adventure, details to come.


Workshop Details

Price: $4,495 per person, double based on double occupancy. Airfare not included.

Program includes the following: Daily breakfast, 11 nights hotel accommodations, all ground transportation from our meeting place in Treviso through our last day in Slovenia, all admission fees, full-time English speaking escort and guides /docents at many museums and special tours, 2 wine tastings, workshop fee & supplies, closing night dinner, escorts, guide and bus driver tips.

Our trips are LIMITED to 16 participants.

To enroll click here to the A La Carte website, on right “enroll now” and complete traveler information. A deposit of $500 secures your spot. A La Carte invoices the balance in equal monthly payments. Please be sure to read terms & conditions, which outlines cancel policy among other important items.

Single supplement available, add $800.

To see videos of our past trips click Ireland, Italy, Spain and France


Workshop Date/Time:

September 1 - September 12, 2018

Bonnie & Ken Fitzgerald will be departing from Dulles International Airport on August 31, contact us if you wish to be on the same plane. Questions or concerns about insurance, airports or other trip details A La Carte is ready to help: 866-233-8282.

If you are interested in extending your stay to add on more time in Slovenia or in the Northern Italy area drop us a note. There are many options.

The travelers we attract are Smart, Worldly, Witty and Funny, if this sounds like you please consider joining us!