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A series that draws on the passions, expertise and interests of Academy Travel's academic tour leaders, to bring a wealth of additional knowledge to your travels, one topic at a time. Hosted by Jo Litson, our tour leaders talk on a range of topics and interests related to travel, covering history, culture, archaeology, architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts.

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A series that draws on the passions, expertise and interests of Academy Travel's academic tour leaders, to bring a wealth of additional knowledge to your travels, one topic at a time. Hosted by Jo Litson, our tour leaders talk on a range of topics and interests related to travel, covering history, culture, archaeology, architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts.

    The Norman Kingdom of Sicily – splendour in the sun

    The Norman Kingdom of Sicily – splendour in the sun

    The Norman Conquest of Sicily began in 1061, five years before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Cultural historian Robert Veel traces how the Normans came to rule in Sicily, why they were so important to Sicilian culture, and where to find...

    • 31 min
    Pompeii - uncovering the truth

    Pompeii - uncovering the truth

    Internationally acclaimed archaeologist, Dr Estelle Lazer, takes us to the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy, to uncover what is preserved under the ash. Estelle is now using CT scans and X-rays to investigate the unique plaster casts which encase many of...

    • 20 min
    The life of Caravaggio - as provocative as his paintings?

    The life of Caravaggio - as provocative as his paintings?

    Cultural historian Dr Kathleen Olive takes us into the often volatile life and career of the most famous Italian painter of the Baroque period, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, and explains his role in art history, and how his paintings are viewed today.

    • 25 min
    Siberia & The Russian Far East - the world’s last travel frontier

    Siberia & The Russian Far East - the world’s last travel frontier

    Writer and historian Dr Matthew Dal Santo takes us to Siberia and the Russian Far East, and reveals the cultural and geographical wonders of one of the world’s last travel frontiers - from its awe-inspiring landscapes and unique to wildlife to a...

    • 25 min
    Beethoven – 250 years of Ludwig van Beethoven

    Beethoven – 250 years of Ludwig van Beethoven

    As the world celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020, classical music specialist Dr Tom Ford discusses his life and genius, how he continued to compose despite deafness, and why he is so venerated today. Tom also suggests some of the key places to...

    • 18 min
    American Vogue – history of a fashion bible

    American Vogue – history of a fashion bible

    Historian and educator Dr Anna Lebovic delves into the history of Vogue, examining how it has evolved since its birth as an American weekly newspaper in 1892, and why it has enjoyed such longevity in a world that is rapidly moving away from print.

    • 22 min

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