Forget the Colosseum, Context Rome launches a site visit program tailored to Rome lovers… “Watch your head,” Katie’s voice rang out as a small group of travelers and scholars crouched, one by one, and pushed into the entrance of…Read more
Special Events – Context Travel Blog
Looking for the latest news and updates about special events from around the world? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts about art openings, pop ups, and museum events around the world, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for visiting museums, restaurants, and alternative spaces in over 40 cities, put together by local insiders, journalists, and artists, as well as Context staff. From beer gardens to private galas, we provide an intellectually curious take on special events across the globe—or in your home city.
The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.
One of the things we like do each spring in Florence is attend some of the fairs that take place around the Fortezza da Basso, a Medici fortress near the train station. With the Renaissance setting and an array…Read more
From sauces made from fermented fish entrails and quiche-like pastry shells filled with bay leaves and ricotta cheese to peaches with aromatic cumin and honey for dessert, the current exhibition Cibi e Sapori nell’Italia Antica (Food and Taste in Ancient…Read more
Tellers of class and style, nationality and attitude, for Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960) shoes were the link between fashion and culture. After all, if a shoe is fetishistic, what could be sexier than shoes made for legendary stars such as Rita…Read more
The !danzaFirenzedanza! festival kicks off in July for a month of tradition and avant-garden at the Villa Strozzi. Classical ballet was born in Tuscany during the Renaissance when European courts held splendid and lavish pageants called “masques,” and when a…Read more
In the 1880s the composer Richard Wagner took a vacation from his job as court musician to “mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria and headed south to work on an operatic staging of the medieval poem Parsifal. In the poem,…Read more
The French obsession with Italian art began in the late 15th century when Charles VIII invaded the Italian peninsula and brought the burgeoning French monarchy into contact with Florence, the Medici, and the Renaissance. A couple decades later Francis I…Read more
Nestled into a picturesque valley in Umbria near Terni, the little town of Piediluco boasts one of the most interesting summer festivals in the region: a pagan rite celebrating the summer solstice that traces its roots back to ancient traditions….Read more
What do you get when you cross soccer, rugby and Renaissance costumes? Florence’s Calcio Storico, held every year the third week of June! Calcio Storico (Historic Soccer) is Florence’s answer to the more famous Palio horse race of Siena. Both…Read more
The Triduum Schedule at the Vatican The two weeks surrounding Easter are one of the busiest times of the year in Rome. Thousands—tens of thousands—of pilgrims arrive to see the city come alive with what amounts to the most important…Read more
Opening October 24, the Capodimonte Museum will host an exhibition entirely dedicated to Caravaggio and the last four years of his life, entitled Caravaggio: The Last Years. For the first time in Italy, this event will bring together some twenty-five…Read more