Tour Reviews

2015: Rome, Chianti, Florence and Ravenna with an optional mosaic workshop

Here's what participants are saying:

What an absolutely fabulous time my husband and I, and our friends the Gaglios, had on Julie Richey’s 2015 tour! Jam-packed with sites to see and long meals of the best food and wine, we explored and wined and dined our way through Rome, Chianti, Florence, and Ravenna. Julie’s familiarity with Italy’s treasures and language, along with her contacts cultivated throughout the years, opened up opportunities which we could not have possibly arranged for ourselves. From the visit to Centro Aletti Mosaic Studio and the Vatican Mosaic Studio in Rome, to the lovely lunch and tour of the gorgeous Antinori Winery in Chianti, to the visit at Lastrucci Pieta Dura in Florence, and finally to the Mosaic Capital of the World, Ravenna (with too many other delights to mention), Julie’s efforts and expertise, as well as those of her trusty sidekick Nancie Mills Pipgrass, were evident from beginning to end. 

Post-lunch (three courses with paired wines and vin santo for dessert), the group prepares to descend six stories underground to tour the Cantina Antinori winery.

Post-lunch (three courses with paired wines and vin santo for dessert), the group prepares to descend six stories underground to tour the Cantina Antinori winery.

 

Equally valuable for us was the wonderful group of fellow travelers, from all over the U.S. and one from Canada, with whom we shared the experience. Our exploration of Italy’s culture and history, as well as the numerous mosaic highlights, was punctuated by long lunches and dinners, which offered us time to get to know each other. Most of us were mosaic artists and this provided a common ground from which to start. However, my husband and the Gaglios were merely fans of mosaic art, but they immediately became part of the group! Our mealtimes were full of laughter, stories, and a genuine appreciation and joy to be sharing our time together. Major FUN was had! Great tour!  ~ Jacqueline

Margy, on her second Mosaic Masterpieces Tour, with a piece she made during an exclusive tour workshop at Kokomosaico. She used her own painting for inspiration.

Margy, on her second Mosaic Masterpieces Tour, with a piece she made during an exclusive tour workshop at Kokomosaico. She used her own painting for inspiration.

Your tours really offer not just the opportunity to visit many ancient and modern mosaic related sights, but to visit important studios and schools to meet European mosaic artists and promoters of mosaic art. Gaining insight into different individuals intentions, works and views on mosaic in the world today, for me, is very valuable. These collective voices have fueled my mosaic thought and work with a renewed sense of freedom to use my own mind and creative will. That kind of access and openness is so conducive to creativity and worth every effort to be a part of your tour. 

I applaud your generosity once again for sharing your command of the Italian Language, your professionalism and your inclusive spirit to all who are interested and wanting to take part in this special Italian/Mosaic adventure. I especially appreciated, on the heels of your tour, the invitation to take part in the workshop with Arianna Gallo and Luca Barberini at KOKO Mosaico for three days. What an incredible experience!!  I saw, I learned, I left feeling great and encouraged by these very special artists  who created this Very Important Studio.  Icing on the cake!! ~ Margy, 2013 and 2015 participant

Participants get up close to the work of Father Rupnik at Centro Aletti in Rome.

Participants get up close to the work of Father Rupnik at Centro Aletti in Rome.

Although this was my first international tour, Julie has set the bar very high for any other tour I might take. Everything was so very well organized....hotels, meals, transportation. All visits were very well planned and very inspirational at the same time. Anyone who is passionate about mosaics will be totally inspired after taking this tour!!! ~ Janine

Lynne ascends the sculptural for-ten steel stairway at Antinori. "It was a magical place especially with the foggy drizzle that made me feel like I was in a dream as we looked over the luscious hills of Chianti. The wine pairing lunch was very special and the tour was just right."

Lynne ascends the sculptural for-ten steel stairway at Antinori. "It was a magical place especially with the foggy drizzle that made me feel like I was in a dream as we looked over the luscious hills of Chianti. The wine pairing lunch was very special and the tour was just right."

To have all those wonderful meals, transportation and hotels included in the price was a very good value along with your site selections, expertise, connections and ability to speak the language like the locals! I have so many happy memories of our extravagant lunches and dinners shared with interesting new friends. Our visits to places that were off the beaten path made it one of the best trips I've ever had. ~ Lynne

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