Adventures in Preservation Announces Day Tour of Venice to Highlight October 2014 Italy Preservation Project

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Adventures in Preservation announces 2014 project in Italy to include day tour of Venice led by Alma Ortolan, art conservation expert involved in restoration of La Fenice.

Adventures in Preservation works with Alma Ortolan on monastery restoration

Alma Ortolan investigates remants of original historic paint scheme

Touring Venice with Alma, hearing the behind-the-scenes story of saving the great opera house, is a remarkable opportunity.

Northern Italy will be the destination for experiential travelers joining Adventures in Preservation (AiP) to combine their travel with hands-on learning. AiP recently announced that a highlight of this project is a day-tour of Venice led by art conservator, Alma Ortolan. Ms. Ortolan will teach and lead preservation work taking place in Vittorio Veneto as well as providing a behind-the-scenes tour of Venice where she was involved with restoration of the Grand Opera House La Fenice.

Travelers with a love of art and history, and a sense of adventure, will meet in Serravalle of Vittorio Veneto to assist with preservation of the Monastery of S. Giovanni Battista. Within the monastery, which dates to 1367, sits the 15th-century cloister that housed the Minor Franciscan Order until 1769. Columns and wall paintings in the courtyard are the focus of the hands-on learning portion of the trip.

The day-tour of Venice led by Alma Ortolan will enhance the art and preservation experience. The tour will feature a visit to La Fenice, which suffered a devastating fire in 1996. Damage was compounded by the lack of historical evidence to document original decoration and painting.

In 2002-03, Ms. Ortolan undertook in-depth investigation and restoration of key portions of the opera house. The original color palette and decorative paint schemes were identified for the entire Royal Box and the Grand Balcony and recreated using traditional painting materials and methods. This experience will be described to project participants.

"Touring Venice with Alma, hearing the behind-the-scenes story of saving the great opera house, is a remarkable opportunity," says Judith Broeker, AiP's Program Director.

Two week-long sessions will be held at the Monastery of S. Giovanni Battista from September 28 – October 4 and October 5-11, 2014. AiP’s project is open to any experiential traveler age 18 and up, regardless of level of experience in historic preservation or art conservation.

Adventures in Preservation (AiP) is a non-profit organization connecting people and preservation through enriching experiential programs that safeguard cultural heritage and foster community sustainability. AiP travelers have the opportunity to travel, experience their destination, and learn hands-on skills from experts while assisting communities in saving their historic resources. Learn more about AiP’s "Heritage travel with purpose" at

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