Dante Tour Florence
Then and Now
Molly holds an MA in Italian literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her PhD coursework and exams with a specialization in Renaissance and Early Modern periods. She spent a year in Venice as an undergraduate while at the University of California-Santa Cruz and afterwards worked in Siena for two years for the University of California Education Abroad Program. She later went to graduate school and, after finishing her studies in Madison, found herself back in Venice once again for another year, this time conducting archival research for her doctoral dissertation. She has remained in Italy ever since, has taught courses in Renaissance history in Florence, and is a licensed tour guide of Florence and its province.
Sally holds an MA in art history from Syracuse University with a focus on Italian Renaissance art. She originally moved to Florence in 2014 to finish her master's research and continues to live and work there, sharing her passion for her adoptive city’s fascinating history with visitors and lecturing about Italian art and culture for university field studies programs. She is especially interested in Florentine mannerist sculpture and Medici patronage, and has researched the effects of Renaissance literature and philosophy on the visual culture of the period.
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