The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.
It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.
Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Course Reservation Application Form.
Assoc. Prof. Peter Howard
Director, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies/Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts.
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Faculty of Arts.
Monash University, Clayton Campus.
Bldg 11, Clayton Campus, Monash University VIC 3800
T: 03 9905 9209
E: [email protected]
In addition to courses on Renaissance Florence and Renaissance Europe, Peter Howard teaches across a range of thematic areas related to the religious and social history of early modern Europe in the Department of History at Monash University. His current research interest is the relationship of orality to culture in Renaissance Italy. He has published widely in the area of medieval sermon studies, including Beyond the Written Word: Preaching and Theology in the Florence of Archbishop Antoninus, 1427-1459 (Florence: Olschki, 1995), and (edited with Cynthia Troup) Cultures of Devotion: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Religion (Monash Publications in History, 2000). His most recent book is entitled Creating Magnificence in Renaissance Florence (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012). He has held fellowships at the European University Institute, Florence, and ‘Villa I Tatti’: the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies (2000-2001), where he was also Visiting Professor in 2007. His responsibilities for The Renaissance in Florence involve the course design, staffing and liaison with ASA.
Monash-Warwick Alliance Joint PhD Candidate
School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Faculty of Arts
Monash University, Clayton Campus
Level 6, 20 Chancellors Walk, Monash University VIC 3800
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Matthew Topp is currently undertaking his PhD as a joint candidate with Monash University and the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), supported by the Monash-Warwick Alliance. His doctoral research examines ideas and practices of cultural forgetting in fifteenth-century Florence, encompassing case studies such as the 1478 Pazzi conspiracy and the memory of the exiled patrician Palla Strozzi. During his Bachelor of Arts (Honours), completed at Monash in 2016, his research focused on the function and conceptualisation of memory in the vernacular writings of the fifteenth-century Florentine merchant Giovanni Rucellai. Matthew has previously tutored at Monash in History and Archaeology, including ‘ATS1316 Medieval Europe’ and ‘ATS3346 Imperial Rome’.