Skip to main content
  Cornell University

Cornell in Rome

College of Architecture, Art and Planning

Northern Italy in Eight Days – Introduction

Six cities. 28 students. Three professors. Eight days. You could say we were a little bit busy…and to say that we all weren’t completely exhausted by the end of the trip would be an understatement. As I mentioned in my wine tasting post, our class traveled to Northern Italy from September 14th until the 21st. But before I tell you about my highlights of the journey, let me explain how a field trip works in the world of archies.

Each day starts early (between 7:30 and 8:30). After a quick breakfast, we all trail out into the city and immediately start exploring palaces, ruins,  gardens, museums, churches, churches, and more churches. At each site, our professors give us background information and introduce ways to think critically about the structures and their various elements. Then we are invited to observe the site on our own – this may last anywhere between 15 minutes and 2 hours. This means tons of photography and analytical sketching (we will be graded on these sketches at the end of the semester).  The class activities last the entire day, usually until 7pm, and then we are free to eat, explore, and relax for the rest of the night.

Here are some photos of archies in their natural habitat…

Vinny at the Ducal Palace in Gubbio
Vinny at the Ducal Palace in Gubbio

America at the Municipal Palace of the Middle Ages in Gubbio
America at the Municipal Palace of the Middle Ages in Gubbio

Group sketching in modern housing development in Venice
Group sketching in a modern housing development in Venice

Sagar at the Villa Barbaro designed by Palladio
Sagar at the Villa Barbaro designed by Palladio

Professor Blanchard and the class in the Ducal Palace of Mantova
Professor Blanchard and the class in the Ducal Palace of Mantova

Cassidy at the University in Urbino
Cassidy at the University in Urbino

Alex in the Ducal Palace of Urbino
Alex in the Ducal Palace of Urbino

Stefan at the Castelvecchio in Venice
Stefan at the Castelvecchio in Verona

Tim at the Casa del Mantegna in Montova
Tim at the Casa del Mantegna in Mantova

Group resting at the Ducal Palace in Mantova
Group resting at the Ducal Palace in Mantova

Andres and Danica at the cemetery designed by Carlo Scarpa near Padova
Andres and Danica at the cemetery designed by Carlo Scarpa near Padova

Natalie and Todd Casa del Mantegna in Montova
Natalie and Todd at the Casa del Mantegna in Mantova

Professor Blanchard, Gayle, and Erin at a church in Venice
Professor Blanchard, Gayle, and Erin at a church in Venice

Arnold at the Carlo Scarpa Museum in Venice
Arnold at the Carlo Scarpa Museum in Venice

Arnold and Sagar at the Ducal Palace in Urbino
Arnold and Sagar at the Ducal Palace in Urbino

Group at the Carlo Scarpa museum in Venice
Group at the Carlo Scarpa museum in Venice

As you can see, there is a lot of ground to cover. So instead of trying to cram all my favorite things into one massive post, I will break the trip into two (small towns and Venice). Hopefully this will make it easier on your eyes and my memory!

p.s. Unfortunately I do not have any images of  the actual sketches…people can be shy about their sketchbooks  (including myself)- but hopefully I’ll gather some in the upcoming months!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to toolbar