Fortin & Gonthier Foundations of Wester Civilization: A Trip to Venice
In May, 2010, Assumption students toured the “City of Canals” with their professors as part of the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization program. This blog describes their experiences in Venice during the two-week expedition as they will visit some of Venice’s most storied and culturally-important landmarks and absorb some of the city’s rich culture by attending concerts and theatrical performances. The Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program at Assumption integrates the study of politics, arts, literature, philosophy, theology and history to help students reflect upon the heritage of the Western world and better understand the interconnected nature of the various disciplines.
Use the itinerary below to read about each day, or click here for a the journal ordered chronologically.
Chose one of the days in the list below or click here to read each day chronologically.
- Day 1 Monday May 17, Day 2 Tuesday May 18: Departure from Boston, Arrival in Venice
- Day 3 Wednesday May 19: Torcello and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
- Day 4 Thursday May 20: Around the Piazza di San Marco and Verdi’s La Traviata
- Day 5 Friday May 21: Palladian Churches and Patriarchal Palace
- Day 6 Saturday May 22: Padua
- Day 7 Sunday May 23: Vogalonga and Basilica di San Marco
- Day 8 Monday May 24: Venetian Art in the Accademia and Ca’ Rezzonico
- Day 9 Tuesday May 25: Villa Barbaro, Asolo, and Vicenza
- Day 10 Wednesday May 26: Frari, Scuola di San Rocco, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at La Fenice
- Day 11 Thursday May 27: Glass-blowing in Murano and the Ghetto
- Day 12 Friday May 28: Free Day
- Day 13 Saturday May 29: Venetian Costumes and Wagner
- Day 14 Sunday May 30: Casa Goldoni and Farewell Dinner
- Day 15 Monday May 31: Departure and Return
About the Author
Matthew Brennan is a member of Assumption College’s Class of 2012, where he is pursuing a Major in Politics, an Honors Certificate in Foundations of Western Civilization, and Minors in Philosophy and Theology. He is a graduate of the Tagaste Project and a member of the Office of Campus Ministry, the Knights of Columbus Council, and the Student Government Association. Matthew lives with his family in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
The other students who attended the trip and who all contributed to the Travel Journal were: Margaux Finan, Kevin Forts, Grace Fox, Holly Kalinski, Susan Konola, Sarah Leonido, Sarah LePain, Francesca Rizzo, Rebecca Bernard, and Greg Rowland.