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Tarot Art and History Tour
September 23rd - October 6th 2012
14 Day Tour of Northern Italy
While still basking in the warm glow of a blissful trip to Italy with our merry band of Tarot
travelers, we are hard at work planning the next tour. Please join us on an enchanting two week
sojourn, while we explore the beauty and mystery of this incredible country
that gave birth to the Tarot during the Renaissance era. Enjoy tantalizing delicacies of local
cuisines while we travel the Italian countryside together in our chartered tour bus.
Presenting your hosts Arnell Ando, with Michael McAteer, and most
prestigiously, the director of
Museo dei Tarocchi,
Morena Poltronieri; along with Tarot luminaries and
surprise guests who will share this wonderful journey. Michael and Arnell have gone on both
memorable Tarot art history tours with
in 1999 and 2000 and dedicate this tour to Brian's memory and legacy. Having visited Italy frequently
we have become more deeply enamored with this wonderful
place with each passing year.
Highlights of the Tour:
Here is a little
musical video of our 2011 tour.
Dax Carlisle of Blog Talk Radio interviewed Mary K. Greer and me about the 2011 Tarot art & history
Italy Tour. You can
This trip has been extended an extra two days to give us more time in favorite places!
We begin in cosmopolitan
where we will visit the awe inspiring Renaissance fortress of the
(Visconti Castle), where the ancient Tarocchi
cards were found in an abandoned well. We’ll bask in the beauty of
frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci and art by Bonifacio Bembo; the creator of the earliest known Tarot deck.
We will visit with Italian artists, publishers and scholars who are among the most prolific in the
We'll enjoy inspirational art depicting how the richness of this culture fostered the Tarot.
Spending time with internationally renowned Tarot artist
one can not help but become mesmerized by his shop
And later we will dine with Osvaldo and family at one of Milan’s finer eateries. We will revel in the beauty
of Milan itself, with its incredible
and the famous plaza, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, (the world’s oldest Mall).
Gorgeous handcrafted & rare Tarot collectables created & published by
Osvaldo Menegazzi of il Meneghello
In the Renaissance village of
we'll spend 3 days in order to explore this charming town full of character
and intrigue. Highlights include Palazzo Schifanoia; a 14th century Palace, boasting frescos by
early Renaissance painter Francesco del Cossa, that depict astrological paintings having a correlation to Tarot
symbology. And Massari Palace as well as a lovely Romanesque Cathedral with Baroque style interiors. A leisurely walk around a
cobblestoned Jewish village is bound to inspire with its delicate beauty and unique architecture.
We will visit historically rich and vibrant
and take day tours with Morena Poltronieri. She will reveal early symbology inherent in Tarot
found in the magnificent Saint Petroni Cathedral, and we will
discover an ancient Temple of Isis with ties to Jerusalem found within the church of Saint Stefano. We will have time to visit
wonderful museums, an elaborate open air bazaar and to sample the local cuisine on our own as well.
Then we will take a lovely bus ride up the mountain to
where we will spend a day at the amazing
nestled in a small hilltop village, surrounded by majestic forests. An impressive array of original 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 beautifully 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 will throw a special
for us with their artist friends.
(Pictured right: Ernesto Fazioli & Morena Poltronieri; co-founders of Museo dei Tarocchi)
Next we will travel to the enchanting
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.
stay in a fabulous ancient castle
for a week in charming suites while we travel the Tuscany countryside! The castle's personal chef Alexander will grill a special
BBQ for us and treat us to yummy buffet style breakfast each morning.
We will visit
with time to explore its great and gentle beauty and wonder at its incredible Cathedral.
You will be free to take in the Galleria del Accademia (home of Michelangelo's David), the Uffizi Gallery or other
equally intriguing landmarks.
We'll also spend an afternoon in the quaint, tiny Renaissance town of
with street signs like titles of Tarot Trumps and an unusual church boasting an underground labyrinth, as well as enticing shops with
flavorful cheeses, sausages, candles, soaps, pottery and other handcrafted sundries.
We will spend time in
a beautiful Etruscan-Roman-Medieval city, from whose heights we can gaze down upon Lake Trasimeno. The town offers the
Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, a beautiful historic Duomo and the Museo Diocesano amongst other things...
We will explore the marvelous Medieval city of
which offers much to tantalize the palette and inspire the artist within; with
its stunning B&W marbled
Duomo di Siena, designed to fill the visitor with overwhelming awe. And see mosaics and frescoes with
pre-Christian, Pagan imagery and symbology also found in ancient Tarot decks. 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
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 are not allowed to touch or even take photos, the Tarot garden invites us to
interact with her compelling art.
The tour will end where it began, in
where we will savor a
while dining with dear Osvaldo Menegazzi and friends. And having come full circle, we can bask in the
collective experience of a lifetime!
Our Italian artist friends await to make this tour very special
and memorable. Space is limited and it's priced as low as possible so more folks can join this incredible adventure. For more info
contact: Arnell Ando
tour explained in a nutshell
in this cool Blog spot by Kat Conte
is the director of
Museo dei Tarocchi,
an internationally renown Tarot Museum, and the Hermatena publishing house, which she co-created with her partner Ernesto Fazoli.
She is a scholar and writer of Tarot, astrology and ancient symbolism, history and lore. Visit the elaborate Tarot Museum site
Or for a quick overview visit this
which includes many deck reviews.
is a certified tour manager and a Jungian-based, Expressive Arts Therapist and has been passionately studying the Tarot since 1984.
She has contributed to countless collaborative Tarot projects and has created
5 decks so far including,
published by U.S. Games, and
, which she
has been handcrafting since 1994. Her latest offering is the
Lucky Pack Tarot.
Arnell has combined her studies in the spiritual and psychological realms to create her unique
interpretation of the Tarot. She lives in San Diego with her husband & best friend
(who is the tour logistics manager & border collie). You can view Arnell’s art, decks, and a line of
custom made miniature occult shops, or read her various articles on
Here is a
by our dear friend, Tero Hynynen who accompanied us on the last tour.
Tarot Art & History 14 Day Tour or Italy ~ September 23rd - October 6th 2012
(Hotel Check out: October 7th)
The 2012 Tour Conditions Agreement
For more information
contact: Arnell Ando
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