Friday, May 25, 2012

Accommodations in Italy

Please find below the links for the group accommodations in Italy. In Venice we will be staying at the Albergo Marin (and its apartments). Our hotel in Florence is the Hotel Mario's and in Rome we are at the Residence Candia. The links are below:

And Here We Go!!

Well this it it. The day has arrived!! Don't forget your passport and e-ticket (print it out in hard copy and bring with you to the airport). Remember that we are meeting at the Air Transat check-in counter in the departures section of Terminal 3, Toronto International Airport, at 8:00 pm.

Aside from your passports please note that it is advisable to have at least two extra pieces of identification on your person. I suggest carrying a valid driver's license and citizenship card (if you have one). It may be worth bringing your student card. Again, I would recommend that you have a couple of photocopies of your passport info (one to go in your checked luggage) and one on your person.

Good luck with the last minute packing! See you tonight!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24: Some More Info...

During the last class I suggested that those with special dietary needs may wish to consult the Air Transat policy on food and drink during the flight. Here is a link to that information:

Please note that Air Transat will permit you to bring your own food and drink if you have concerns regarding allergic reactions to to the meals provided. 

For those with general concerns about permitted luggage dimensions and weight please consult the Air Transat website at:


Please check the blog tomorrow for further updates!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday May 21st: Proposals (Update)

Hello everyone,

I am going through the proposals. For those who will be presenting in Venice and Padua please know that I will be contacting you later today (by email) with feedback. Those presenting in Florence, Siena and Pisa I will be returning the proposals with comments on Wednesday.

More to follow!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday May 16: Update (e-tickets for flights)

Hello everyone!

I have sent through all of the e-tickets for our flights. By now you should have received your e-ticket. Please check your ticket carefully to ensure that all of the information, including your name (as it appears on your passport) is correct. 

If you have not received your e-ticket by email please contact me immediately.

You should print out a copy of your e-ticket upon receipt and bring it with you to Lester Pearson (Toronto International) Airport on the evening of departure (Friday May 25). You will need to present it at the Air Transat desk when checking in your luggage.

Friday, May 11, 2012

May 11: Readings and Course Updates

Hello everyone! I've had some technical issues with the blog but I'm now able to post again. As noted during our last class I am posting the previously-announced readings here. The readings for the Evelyn Welch text are as follows:

Introduction and Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

If you are using the Fortini Brown and Turner texts (references on the course outline) as alternatives to the Welch text you should read the texts in their entirety.  

As noted in our previous class there is a conflict with respect to the class dates on the course outline. Since Monday May 21 is a holiday we will have no class that evening. The test, which was scheduled for that date has now been changed to Wednesday May 16. Due to the holiday we will now have a final class meeting on Wednesday May 23. Please take special note of these changes (see Lecture Schedule below) and mark your calendars accordingly. 

With respect to the test format please note that I have shortened the length of the test to 30 minutes. The test will consist of two questions related to material discussed in class. You will be given 15 minutes to provide short responses to each question. I will be covering the format in more detail during our next class on Monday May 14.

ALSO... Please note that I will be forwarding your e-tickets (Air Transat flights) over the weekend. You will receive your e-ticket by email before Monday morning. Please retain this e-ticket in your files and print a copy to bring to the airport on the day of departure (Friday May 25). Shoud you have any questions feel free to contact me by email.


Monday April 30: Introduction; Course structure and Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

Wednesday May 2: Key Works & Collections; Venice & Padua

Monday May 7: Key Works & Collections; Venice & Ravenna
Wednesday May 9: Key Works & Collections; Florence & Siena

Monday May 14: Key Works & Collections; Florence, Volterra and Pisa

Wednesday May 16: TEST (in class, 30 minutes) Key works & Collections in Perspective


Wednesday May 23: Final details before departure

FRIDAY MAY 25: Departure date.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday May 7: Info

Hello everyone! We are getting closer and closer to our departure date and excitement is building!! Please note that I have posted some new links here on the 3V03 blog (see list on right). I will add some more before the end of the week. You may find these useful as you gather information about different sites before departure. I would also recommend consulting some of the excellent travel guides that are now available. The Let's Go guides are very helpful as are the Lonely Planet guides. These guides offer excellent information in general and they provide useful travel tips (what to pack, how to deal with laundromats, banking issues, how to stay safe, etc). I will be going over more of these matters in the remaining classes before departure but, in the meantime, you may want o use these resources.

Tonight I will be taking you through Venice, Padua and Ravenna via map. I would like to get you oriented so that you have a general feel for the layout of these cities before we arrive. As we take our virtual tour we'll periodically pause to further consider the the characteristics of  the cities. Be attentive as the upcoming test will require require you to consider some of these points.

In the second half of the class we'll take some time to go over more logistical matters.

See you at 7:00!