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25 February 2014
We’ve asked art historian Susan Steer to share the 5 Venetian painters you should know before your next visit to the lagoon.
14 January 2014
Context docent and sommelier Preston Mohr shares the process and subtleties of Spanish Sherry, one of the most misunderstood wines of the world.
10 October 2013
Our docent Hilary Bockham takes us on an journey through the streets of Rome as the ultimate destination of the 1800s Grand Tour.
1 October 2013
Washington docent Jackie Burns shares the hidden symbols inside the US Capitol building.
23 November 2012
Art Historian and Venice docent Susan Steer shares with us her favorite buildings in the Serenissima
15 November 2012
Architect and docent Liz Brewster tells us about one of the most discussed monuments in Rome, revealing some of its lesser known facts.
24 July 2012
Kevin Childs explores the Shakespeare exhibition at the British Museum
9 June 2012
In a year of literary milestones – the bicentenaries of the births of Charles Dickens and Robert Browning and the…
7 May 2012
Liz Brewster, architect and Rome resident, takes us through the newly opened Tiburtina station in Rome, Italy.
23 April 2012
Food writer Vicky Hayward gives us some insight on the history of Tapas and other Spanish culinary traditions
20 April 2012
All five senses are brought to life on only a few days every year in Catalonia. April 23…
18 April 2012
Join us as we discover Venice’s Rialto Market. Here we’ll find delicious food and lots of traditions!
3 April 2012
Palazzo Strozzi continues its tradition of programming exhibitions that intrigue both visitors and locals alike. Their newest show “Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists,” once again reflects the strong connections between the United States and Italy with a selection of works from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Frederick Childe Hassam, and more.
28 March 2012
Artist and Context docent Anne Patsch helps us find some hidden contemporary art gems in Berlin.
14 March 2012
Very few prospects quicken the blood and excite the eye/mind as does a retrospective of the work of Gerhard Richter, one of the world’s most revered living artists. Just such a prospect awaits visitors to Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie this winter and spring, where some 140 of Richter’s paintings and five of his sculptures have been gathered as part of the phenomenal exhibition Panorama, on view until 13 May.
6 January 2012
How can tourists be more sustainable? Tom Rankin, architect and Context Travel docent, looks at the issues involved with tourism and sustainability and gives us some advice.