This page describes
Tarot Art & History Tour of Italy,
Honoring the legacy of Tarot artist and scholar Brian Williams, who first enchanted us with Italy's
deep connection to Tarot, Arnell Ando, (of Transformational Tarot) and Michael McAteer and most
prestigiously, our fabulous friends of
Museo dei Tarocchi
will lead a merry band of travelers in autumn of 2011 to the
magical birthplace of Tarot in northern Italy. A few Tarot luminaries attending, are
Mary K. Greer,
among others, as well as many cherished Tarot friends in the Tarot community.
September 26th – October 7th 2011
Honoring the legacy of Tarot artist and scholar Brian Williams, who first enchanted us with Italy's deep connection to Tarot, Arnell Ando, (of Transformational Tarot) and Michael McAteer and most prestigiously, our fabulous friends of Museo dei Tarocchi will lead a merry band of travelers in autumn of 2011 to the magical birthplace of Tarot in northern Italy. A few Tarot luminaries attending, are Mary K. Greer, Ellen Lorenzi-Prince , Michele Jackson, Shelley Carter, Teresa Michelsen, Fern Mercer and Lyn Olds among others, as well as many cherished Tarot friends in the Tarot community.
Milan, we'll visit the awe inspiring Renaissance fortress of the
where the ancient
cards were found in an abandoned well. We’ll bask in the beauty of
frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci and by Bonifacio Bembo, the creator of the earliest known Tarot deck.
We'll visit living Italian artists, publishers and scholars who are among the most prolific in the
field. We'll enjoy inspirational art showing how the richness of this culture fostered the Tarot.
We’ll spend time with internationally renowned Tarot artist
and be mesmerized in his shop
And later dine with Osvaldo at
il Rifugio del Ghiottone
, one of Milan’s finer eateries. And we’ll revel in the beauty
of Milan itself, with its incredible
the famous piazza, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, (world’s oldest
Mall) and a metaphysical shop sure to delight with hard to find Tarot. We will visit the incredible
so moving and unforgettable…entering through a massive
Neo-Medieval style building of marble and stone. This gigantic cemetery has rows
upon rows of breathtaking sculptures from classical to contemporary, Greek
temples, and other elaborate monuments dedicated to the long departed and
In idyllic Fererra we'll soak in the warm ambiance of a Renaissance village. Highlights to include a 14th century Palace, boasting frescos by early Renaissance painter Cossa, which depict astrological paintings which have correlation to Tarot symbology, a majestic castle - art museum, and a Romanesque Cathedral with Baroque style interiors.
We will stay in historically rich Bologna and get a private tour with the director of Museo dei Tarocchi, Morena Poltronieri. She will reveal early symbology inherent in Tarot found in the magnificent Cathedral, St. Petroni , and St. James church and wonderful museums waiting to be explored. Onward to Riola, where we will spend a day at the incredible Tarot Museum nestled in a small hilltop village, surrounded by majestic forests and mountains. An impressive array of original Tarot artworks from around the world, as well as a remarkable collection of decks from the rare to the unusual and most popular awaits us. The 400 year old building of the Tarot museum so lovingly restored, has many hidden treasures including tree trunks that open to reveal shelves of prized Tarocchi and tiny doors with lit windows hidden in stone walls that open to show off precious miniature artworks. The Museo folks plan to throw a special garden party for us with their artist friends!
Next we will travel to the enchanting Tuscany region, with its tidy lines of cypress trees, endless olive groves, and lazy sunflowers…like gazing into an immense painting. Medieval castles and villages dot the landscape adding to this picturesque scene. We will stay in a fabulous ancient castle of our own for days while we travel the Tuscany countryside!
We will visit Florence with time to explore its great and gentle beauty. And the charming Renaissance town of Pienza with street signs like titles of Tarot Trumps and enticing shops and beautiful Cathedral. We will stay for a spell in the marvelous medieval city of Siena which offers much to tantalize the palette and inspire the artist within; with stunning B&W marbled Duomo di Siena, designed to fill the visitor with overwhelming awe. Mosaics and frescoes with pre-Christian, Pagan imagery and symbology also found in ancient Tarot decks. And fabulous museums await with some of the greatest masterpieces of all time. Cobblestone paths spiral out from the Campo de Piazza offering wonderful eateries and unusual shops.
At the heart of our tour we will make a spiritual pilgrimage to the Tarot Garden of Niki De Saint Phalle. A breathtaking view of colorful sculptures loom large on the horizon as we draw near… Niki created this amazing magical place where all twenty two trumps welcome us to explore and play in sight of the Mediterranean sea, surrounded by a rocky landscape graced with olive and oak trees. Unlike most museums where you’re not allowed to touch or even take photos, the Tarot garden invites us to interact with the art.
The tour ends where it began in Milan and having come full circle, we can bask in the collective experience of a lifetime!
This trip coincides with the Association for Tarot Studies (ATS ) Symposium set for September 23rd – 25th in Saint Suzanne, France. ATS site has details of their Tarot Symposium.
Arnell and Michael have gone on both memorable Tarot art history tours with Brian Williams in 1999 and 2000 and have since returned frequently to become more deeply enamored with this magical place and visit dear Tarot friends who offer to make this tour a very special one indeed.
Tarot Art & History Tour ~ September 26th – October 7th 2011
Contact: Arnell Ando
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