Galileo Museum Florence Tour
Hitting the Streets
Valerie received her BA with distinction in Art History and Museology at the University of Florence, focusing on the Renaissance art market. Although German, Valerie was born and raised in Rome, making her eager to build bridges across different cultures. She also works for the educational department of the state museums in Florence, where her mission is to communicate art and culture as a means of understanding the visual signs that surround us.
After a well-traveled childhood, Martino completed a Ph.D in philosophy at Cornell University. He then taught philosophy for a few years in the States before returning to Italy. Here, he teaches college courses in ethics, Italian culture, and history at various study-abroad programs. He has lectured at the British Institute in Florence on contemporary moral topics. Teaching rekindled his interest in Dante and "The Divine Comedy," as well as the controversy between Galileo's astronomy and the Church. Martino lives in the countryside with his wife and their too many dogs.
Italian and American, educated in French schools and at the University of Florence, Manoli is passionate about history in general and Florentine history in particular. After several mission appointments with the United Nations, he returned to Europe where, for these past twenty years, he has worked in the artworld, in the commercial side (Christie’s) as well as in publishing of art books and catalogues (Skira Editore, Milan). Today Manoli lives in Florence where he enjoys sharing insights about the city’s fascinating history and heritage. He’s been a member of ICOM since 2004.
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