Lorenza is a native of Venice who received her Master in Art History through Cà Foscari University, Venice. For the past 25 years, she has divided her time between Venice and New York. In New York she teaches various courses on art history at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, where she designed the course Art and Architecture of the Venetian Republic 1100-1800. For FIT she also developed and leads the Short-Term Study Abroad in Venice. She is lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and contributor to the Khan Academy with art history essays. Lorenza has authored and contributed to numerous books and publications on Venice, including "Venezia. La città, l'arte, la storia" (Arsenale 2011), "Arts and Crafts in Venice" (Koneman, Koln, 1999) and "Handbook of Painting Techniques" (NYU in Venice, 1999). In the past she taught history of art and architecture in Venice at the New York University, and in Venice worked for the Venice Bureau for the Protection of Architectural, Historical and Artistic Heritage for 13 years, cataloging, documenting, and researching the collection at the Palazzo Reale. Lorenza is an esteemed scholar with decades of international experience. She will lead you through her city with fun, passion, and knowledge.
Originally from Venetian mainland, Matteo has lived in different countries, which sparked his interest in art history and archaeology. He holds a B.A. in Cultural Heritage Preservation and an M.A. in Archaeology from the University Ca' Foscari, Venezia. He specialized in Islamic Archaeology with a thesis on Medieval Egyptian ceramics, focusing on the sherds found at the Italian & Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archaeology (CIERA) in Cairo. Matteo chose to specialize in Islamic Archaeology, due to his personal passion and curiosity for the Islamic World: this particular interest was developed after several travels and stays in different Middle Eastern countries. He works as a freelance archaeologist following projects in different locations of the Veneto and also teaches history courses in local schools. In addition, he continues a close collaboration with the CIERA where he is involved in leading archaeological excavations.
Monica was born in Venice. She earned her degree in Italian Literature and History from Art at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and she has developed a wide experience in the museums of the city. For many years she worked as a curator and archivist before moving into the field of museum education where she worked mainly with groups of children. She also worked at the Jewish Museum in Venice as a guide. She qualified as a guide for Venice and its province in 2009. Monica is continuing to study Venice and she often gives lectures on history and art for associations and public libraries. She is co-author of a series of guidebook for children and families about the Venetian churches.