Tarot Art & History Tour of Italy:
October 8th ~ October 21st 2017
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& hopefully we'll do the next tour in 2018.
'Tarot Travel Guide of Italy'
is available as a
eBook. Full of fascinating historical details, colorful imagery, maps + live links!
We are excited about this 4th epic adventure with our merry band of Tarot
travelers! Our previous tours were special and this one includes those
highlights plus 5 new amazing places to explore along with visits with
ancient Tarot Frescoes, antique painted cards, the Tarot Museum & Niki de St Phalle's Tarot Garden
plus time spent in
Milan, Bologna, Ferrara, Rimini, Siena, Varase, Clusone & Bergamo...
Explore the fascinating history of Tarot's evolution beginning with its deep
roots in the Italian Renaissance. Experience first hand this symbolic art form's continuing progression, (often
found in the most unlikely places.) Enjoy delectable local cuisines and travel the
beautiful countryside in a comfortable chartered bus. Our sacred world of richly emblematic art & symbolic
dreamscapes awaits in a colorful kaleidoscope of creative perspectives!
Presented by Tarot artist & author
(certified tour organizer), with
(logistics manager) and our fascinating resident scholars,
Morena Poltronieri & Ernesto Fazioli -
creators of the
International Tarot Museum
who help guide this singular sojourn!
Check out various
feedback from previous tours
2015 tour video
gives a nice sense of these enchanting tours...
Itinerary for Autumn 2017 Tarot Art & History Tour Includes:
We'll begin our journey in
birthplace of Tarot.
We’ll visit the magical Tarot emporium,
with the maestro himself,
(known by discerning deck collectors and historians)
while savoring Menegazzi's mesmerizing assortment of handcrafted Tarot sets, artwork,
shadowboxes, and meticulously
produced historical decks.
The awe inspiring Renaissance fortress
(Visconti - Sforza Castle)
will surely impress with its majestic presence. It houses a curious collection
of art & artifacts including a special Tarot fresco which evokes a dark tale.
And be sure to see beautiful works by
Leonardo da Vinci and by Bonifacio Bembo,
(creator of the earliest known Tarot deck, the history of which may have begun
in this very castle.) Incidentally, new to the 2017 tour, we'll check out a
preserved vineyard residence where
dwelled, which was a lavish gift from
Sforza, Duke of Milan
In the tranquil Renaissance town of
we spend a relaxing time exploring this charming place full of character and intrigue
that shares (along with Milan) early connections to Tarot. Highlights include the
unique art museum,
full of symbolic works.
a 14th century summer Palace, sharing frescos, known as the
Hall of Months,
created under the direction of Renaissance painters
Francesco del Cossa and Cosmè Tura
mythological, astrological scenes
with correlations to Tarot.
Gentle Beauty of Ferrara with Early Ties to Tarot
Bask in the Aura of the Authentic...
On the way to a scrumptious supper, we'll take a stroll through an old
cobblestoned Jewish village
with a long, proud history dating back to medieval times, that's bound to inspire with its unique architecture and delicate beauty.
And feel free to explore
moated, medieval castle of Ferrara,
which is a museum with interesting artifacts and historical references relating to the
royal Este family,
who helped popularize & spread the
of early Tarot and astrology.
We travel to
a grand old city with rich layers of history, and a thriving contemporary
We'll visit the awe-inspiring
Basilica di St. Pedronio
which has magnificent art with early ties to Tarot symbolism, (such as XII Hanged Man,
XV Devil and XXI World).
We'll discover an ancient
Temple of Isis
with deep ties to Jerusalem, hidden within an old church (that has its own secrets to
reveal). Not to be missed is a jaunt around the
+ new on this tour, we'll venture to
and discover its impressive grandeur and long legacy of famous esoteric and philosophical scholars.
an elaborate open air bazaar,
mere blocks from our comfy hotel, that is sure to tempt with an assortment of unusual treasures, treats & novelties from exotic places.
New for this tour, we'll spend time in
which is full of
and the captivating
Chapel of Planets
that celebrates Basino da Parma’s brilliance; (creator of astrological symbols) making it an unforgettable experience.
Next we embark on a lovely journey up mountains, past forests, to rejuvenate our spirits in the incredible
which is found nestled in the small hilltop village of
An impressive array of
original Tarot works from around the world, as well as a huge collection of decks from the rare to the unusual and
prized awaits. The 400 year old building, home to
Museo dei Tarocchi,
was lovingly restored by Morena & Ernesto for their grand opening in 2007.
The museum has hidden treasures all over,
including tree trunks that open to reveal shelves of curious Tarocchi and tiny doors with
lit windows in stone walls
showing off precious miniature artworks. They will host a
for us, with
(collectors & scholars may be familiar with their decks).
New on this tour is a visit to nearby
an intriguing art museum with unusual architecture sure to dazzle & inspire.
Next we venture to the beautiful Tuscany region, with tidy lines of cypress trees and olive groves (like gazing into an immense
painting...)Medieval castles and villages dot the landscape adding to this picturesque scene.
We'll stay for a spell in
which tantalizes the palette and inspires the artist within.
Tarot Museum Garden Party: Jessica w/ Surreal Tarot Artist Octavia Monaco
stunning B&W, marbled
is designed to fill the visitor with overwhelming awe. It shares a fascinating history and you'll surely recognize Tarot related iconography and esoteric symbolism
in the breathtaking marble inlays & various artworks. Note mosaics and frescoes with early Pagan imagery also found in ancient Tarot cards. With the rest of the day free to explore,
enjoy fabulous museums with some of the greatest masterpieces of all time.
Cobblestone paths spiral out from
Piazza del Campo
offering delightful eateries and unusual shops to enjoy.
We'll have lunch in a seaside village on our way to Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo;
more affectionately known as the
of mythological creatures, strange
statues and impossible architecture (i.e. a crazy crooked tower). These
sculptures appear to represent stages on an alchemical journey.
At the heart of our tour, we make a spiritual pilgrimage to the
Niki De Saint Phalle.
A breathtaking view of colorful sculptures looms large on the horizon as we draw near… In 1998 Niki created this magical place, where
the 22 Major Arcana welcome us to explore and play in sight of the Mediterranean sea, surrounded by a rocky landscape, graced with olive trees & oak. Unlike most
museums where you are prohibited to touch or take photos, the Tarot garden invites us to interact with her compelling, symbolic sculptures.
We'll enjoy a blissful stay in the lovely hill-top town of
Accademia di Carrara,
home to 26 of the original, meticulously painted
Visconti-Sforza (Pierpont Morgan) Tarot cards
(oldest known Tarocchi deck).
Bergamo is split in two; a lovely, ancient Renaissance town and the trendy, fashionable quarter, and we'll have time to explore both
Incidentally, while in Bergamo researching a previous tour with Morena, we were served refreshing
''cleanse the palate.''
We fell under the spell of this lightly fragrant, citrus liqueur, (like drinking liquid sunshine),
so Arnell experimented and
our homemade Limoncello recipe.
And yes, we return to that wonderful restaurant with delicious Limoncello on
Morena arranged a
private tour of Bergamo's beautiful Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
with local author,
historian Mauro Zanchi
who will reveal areas of the church not seen by visitors. And share richly symbolic, intricate
wooden inlays by Lorenzo Lotto
and other precious works that make this sacred space unique. The lavish decor,
(largely from a Baroque
renovation) makes it a feast for the eyes & spirit.
We venture to the picturesque mountaintop village of
and discover, with the local historian,an amazing
ancient astrological clock tower
that still functions, as well as two of the oldest surviving
with the theme of
Triumph of Death
by Giacomo Borlone de Buschis,(1485).
we'll visit an important Tarot fresco from the Renaissance era
Castle of Masnago.
The ghostly remains of this charming 15th century work depicting
noble ladies playing Tarocchi while drifting in a wee boat,
is quite captivating along with other frescos and symbolic art; both contemporary and from Italy's most influential era. Afterwards we'll enjoy a blissful picnic on castle grounds.
Then make our way back to
for a final surprise (or two) and a farewell dinner with warm good-byes to dear Osvaldo Menegazzi & friends. The tour will end where it began and having come full circle,
we can bask in the collective experience of a lifetime!
*Note* EXTRA SPECIAL TAROT EVENT ON THE HORIZON
There is a unique event planned (not connected to our tour but Tarot themed) the day after our tour ends that you may want to keep in mind. We're not allowed to announce
details before the
organizers (but in case you want to combine your trip & stay a day longer, booking hotel, etc.), stay tuned. We plan to attend: Saturday October 21st.
Tarot Tour Includes:
Hotel accommodations, breakfasts, transportation within Italy (on our chartered tour bus), all scheduled events & tour fees, and all but 4 dinners; along with a
picnic, a garden party + wonderful surprises, special guests and Tarot luminaries.
The 2012 tour
'in a nutshell' in this cool Blog by Kat Tan Conte
with glimpses of places shared...like fragments of a dream.
(Below see a few more tarot tour collages.)
Incredible Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle
Museo dei Tarocchi
is pictured with creative partner
Their international Tarot
Museum houses an impressive Tarot deck & art collection along with a publishing
house and bookshop. They are respected scholars of tarot, astrology, ancient esoteric history,
architecture, symbolism & lore in both Italy and abroad. Check out this
which showcases the Tarot Museum, and offers deck reviews of their various published decks.
is a certified tour manager and this is the 4th tour she has co-organized with husband
She's a Jungian-based,
Expressive Arts Therapist who has passionately studied Tarot since the 1980's. She has contributed to countless collaborative
Tarot projects and created five
decks so far including,
published by U.S. Games,
Lucky Pack Tarot
which she has hand-crafted since 1994.
She also publishes artist's decks such as
Dark Goddess Tarot.
Arnell has combined studies in spiritual and psychological realms to create
her unique interpretation of Tarot. She lives in Chicago with her bestie,
You can view her art, decks, and a line of custom, miniature occult shops, or read her articles
Michael & Arnell went on the two Tarot history tours with
(1999 & 2000) and dedicate these to his brilliant legacy with much love and
Tarot Art & History Tour of Italy - 2 weeks in Autumn:
October 8th ~ October 21st 2017
(Visconti/Sforza Castle) Milan & Tarot Fresco
with Osvaldo Menegazzi, Dr. Dorsini & Friends
Astronomical Clock Tower & Triumph of Death
Duomo di Siena, Piazza del Campo & Museo Civico
International Tarot Museum
St Petronius Basilica, Isis Goddess Temple,
King Neptune & friends
Esoteric Work by Lorenzo Lotto & Accademia Carrara
Tarot & Esoteric Frescos of
Castello di Masnago in Varase
The 2017 Tour Conditions Agreement (Fine Print)
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contact: Arnell Ando
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