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Context Conversations

Travel the World from the Comfort of your Home

 

Learning shouldn't stop at home

Context Travel was founded in Rome in 2003 on the premise that travel is the ultimate form of education. Our mission was to invite guests off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture of the world's greatest cities. Our network of scholars and specialists span nearly every cultural capital around the world, and have expertise in thousands of focus areas.

In these unprecedented times, we are heartbroken to not only pause our travel operations, but to watch our experts experiencing lockdowns in their own countries, unable to connect with travelers. We started Context Conversations as a way to continue the dialogue from home. Our Conversations are available both in group seminar format, as well as in one-on-one private form. We have also developed educational content specifically for families and schools to support home-based learning and ongoing adult education. We can't wait to host you.

 
Upcoming Live Seminars
Imperial Vienna & the Role of Music with Gilles Gubelmann 06.05
Fri, Jun 05
Live Zoom event
Jun 05, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a musician and teacher as we explore music in the Golden Age of Baroque Vienna.
Churchill and the War Rooms with Don Brown 06.05
Fri, Jun 05
Live Zoom event
Jun 05, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Discover Churchill’s secret WWII bunker in the heart of London as we take you inside the Churchill War Rooms with a historian.
Bernini vs Borromini: a Baroque Rivalry with Hilary Bockham 06.05
Fri, Jun 05
Live Zoom event
Jun 05, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Two of the greatest architects in western history transformed 1600s Rome and gave us the city we still adore. One became the darling of Europe, the other died by his own sword. Why?
The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755: The Wrath of God? with Ian Sumpter 06.05
Fri, Jun 05
Live Zoom event
Jun 05, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
One morning in 1755 Lisbon was hit by the biggest earthquake in European History. It brought an end to the golden age of Portugal, the fall of the holy inquisition, and the rise of a new city made with cutting edge ideas on how the modern city should be built.
Volume 1: Royal Gardens of Paris with Marie Dessaillen 06.05
Fri, Jun 05
Live Zoom event
Jun 05, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian to explore the evolution of gardens in Paris from the medieval orchard to the symbolic Italian gardens of the Renaissance before they transform into the strict and grandiose French gardens of the 17th century and the picturesque English gardens.
The Real Housewives of the Vesuvian Coast with Danielle Oteri 06.05
Fri, Jun 05
Live Zoom event
Jun 05, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Go inside the Villa Oplontis, an opulent villa that was in renovation when an eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried it in 79 AD along with the city of Pompeii.
Beijing through the Ages: A History of the Capital with Jeremiah Jenne 06.05
Fri, Jun 05
Live Zoom event
Jun 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Take a lively look at the history of China's capital city, from the Imperial Era to modern-day megalopolis, with local writer and historian Jeremiah.
Prado Museum: Velázquez & Las Meninas with Marta Lopez Beriso 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian for an in-depth reading of the Prado Museum’s most famous painting by Diego Velázquez.
Medici Villas: Florence and Fortune with Alessandra Becucci 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore some of the splendid residences of the Medici family outside Florence and learn how these leisure mansions became symbols of the family prestige, with an art historian.
D-Day History: Nazi Germany with John Owen 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a historian as we discuss D-Day from the perspective of Nazi Germany.
Ancient Greece in the British Museum with Helena Meskanen 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Take a tour of the most fascinating ancient Greek objects in the British Museum and learn about Greek society and myths on this interactive webinar.
D-Day History: Bletchley Park & Cracking the Code with Don Brown 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Learn with a historian about the importance of the Bletchley Park story in WW2 and how it cracked the code saving millions of lives.
The Rijksmuseum and the Golden Age with Sabry Amroussi 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore Dutch art and the Golden Age through the work of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other wonderful artworks at the Rijksmuseum with Sabry Amroussi.
Vol 2: Nazi Paris, Life, Love and Death in an Occupied Capital with Nigel Perrin 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Delve into what life was like for Parisians living through Nazi occupation in a conversation with a historian and published author.
Prohibition & the Perfect Manhattan: NYC Cocktail History with Diana Pittet 06.06
Sat, Jun 06
Live Zoom event
Jun 06, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a food historian and cocktail expert Diana Pittet to learn about the role of bars, alcohol and prohibition in New York City.
Alternative Athens: Street Art with Nadia Pavlikaki 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore the vibrant and colorful world of Athens through its adorned walls and street art with an art historian.
Venice: Mosaics of St Mark’s Basilica with Erika Cornali 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art expert to learn about the history and stories behind the golden mosaic tiles of Venice’s most famous church, the St Mark's Basilica.
Harry Potter and the Magic of Historic Edinburgh with Jenny Lister 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town to uncover the inspiration for the world’s most famous wizard.
Renaissance Vatican: St. Peter’s Basilica with Francesca Barberini 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian as we learn about one of the biggest and most spectacular churches in the world : Saint Peter’s Basilica.
D-Day History: Commandos and Rangers with Alex Wilson 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Take a closer look at D-Day by exploring the role of Special Forces and homing in on two extraordinary stories: 47 Royal Marine Commando taking Port-en-Bessin, and the 2nd Rangers storming the Pointe du Hoc.
Volume 1: Vermeer’s Masterpieces with Alette Fleischer 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian to learn more about this enigmatic painter and discover some of his highlight pieces and why he painted them.
Volume 2: Portugal’s Sintra with Pascal Ansell 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Sintra celebrates many threads of Europe’s intellectual history. Join artist Pascal Ansell in a discussion of dreams and fears put into stone, to discover the convergence of nature and human ingenuity.
The Aesthetics of Tokyo: City Design and Culture with Rafael Balboa 06.07
Sun, Jun 07
Live Zoom event
Jun 07, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore Tokyo's architecture and culture through the lens of Japanese aesthetics—particularly the ideas of emptiness and asymmetry with local architect Rafael Balboa.
Archaeology & Ostia Antica with Livia Galante 06.08
Mon, Jun 08
Live Zoom event
Jun 08, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join archaeologist Livia Galante, who has worked on the Ostia Antica site as she discusses the history and development of this fascinating ancient harbor of Rome.
Berlin: an Introduction with John Owen 06.08
Mon, Jun 08
Live Zoom event
Jun 08, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a historian as we discuss the historical evolution of Berlin from a market town to a modern capital.
Jewish Oxford with Victoria Bentata 06.08
Mon, Jun 08
Live Zoom event
Jun 08, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an expert to trace the Jewish history of Oxford from Medieval Jewry to Einstein and the Refugee Scholars.
Portuguese Tiles & Cobblestones: a History, with Pascal Ansell 06.08
Mon, Jun 08
Live Zoom event
Jun 08, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore the streets of Portugal and its colonies to learn more about its varied history through its permanent street art.
Japanese Religion: Kyoto Shrines & Temples with Marcin Tatarczuk 06.08
Mon, Jun 08
Live Zoom event
Jun 08, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
The Japanese say you are born into Shinto, marry as a Christian, and die a Buddhist. What is the story behind this unique Far East blend of religions and ideas? Join a local scholar to understand more and journey to Kyoto’s temples.
Venice's Jewish Ghetto: A History with Matteo Gabbrielli 06.09
Tue, Jun 09
Live Zoom event
Jun 09, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join one of our Venice experts to understand the historic causes that led to the creation of the first Ghetto in the world and discover the cultural richness provided by the complexity of its multicultural society.
Revolutionary Russia and the Last Tsar with Vadim Malinovsky 06.09
Tue, Jun 09
Live Zoom event
Jun 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore in detail the history of three Russian revolutions and what caused the collapse of the Russian Empire. We will learn about famous characters such as Lenin, Nicholas II and Rasputin but also about main political movements and threats to the government.
Vol 2: Three Stately British Homes with Vivienne Haxby 06.09
Tue, Jun 09
Live Zoom event
Jun 09, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join Viv for an in-depth virtual tour of Blenheim Palace, Althorp, and Chatsworth. We will hear about the Houses themselves, the Art Collections they hold, and the families who built them.
William Hogarth and Georgian London with Hattie Bennett 06.09
Tue, Jun 09
Live Zoom event
Jun 09, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
William Hogarth’s portrayal of Georgian London through his paintings and prints are packed full of incidents with memorable characters caught by Hogarth’s knowing and satirical eye. Discover more about his meanings with an art historian.
Unraveling “The Unicorn Tapestries” with Danielle Oteri 06.09
Tue, Jun 09
Live Zoom event
Jun 09, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an expert to learn about the seven tapestries, or “The Unicorn Tapestries” that survived from the Middle Ages and are housed in the Met’s New York Cloisters.
Vol 1: WW2 Berlin, War & Memory with John Owen 06.10
Wed, Jun 10
Live Zoom event
Jun 10, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a historian to discuss how the former Nazi capital memorializes the past through a larger historical narrative of WWII.
Vol 3: Caravaggio’s Darker Years with Sara Magister 06.10
Wed, Jun 10
Live Zoom event
Jun 10, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a Caravaggio author and art historian for an in-depth examination of the latter works of Caravaggio and his ultimate decline and downfall.
The Camino de Santiago: Europe’s Great Pilgrimage Route with David Hosking 06.10
Wed, Jun 10
Live Zoom event
Jun 10, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Stroll along the Camino trail in Santiago, Spain as we learn about the history and importance of this medieval Pilgrim route.
D-Day History: Commandos and Rangers with Alex Wilson 06.10
Wed, Jun 10
Live Zoom event
Jun 10, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Take a closer look at D-Day by exploring the role of Special Forces and homing in on two extraordinary stories: 47 Royal Marine Commando taking Port-en-Bessin, and the 2nd Rangers storming the Pointe du Hoc.
From Voltaire to Rousseau: an Intellectual History of Paris’ Latin Quarter with Samuél Lopez-Barrante 06.10
Wed, Jun 10
Live Zoom event
Jun 10, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Paris’ Latin Quarter is best summed up by Voltaire’s Enlightenment phrase, “a chaos of clear ideas.” From the Enlightenment to Modernism to Existentialism and the Absurd, no neighborhood in the Western World is more important to the history of modern thought.
Rituals and the Renaissance in Italy with Allison Levy 06.10
Wed, Jun 10
Live Zoom event
Jun 10, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian on a visual journey through social rituals experienced in everyday Renaissance Italy.
Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum with Eve Kalyva 06.11
Thu, Jun 11
Live Zoom event
Jun 11, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian for an introduction to the artistic genius, Vincent van Gogh through highlights at one of Amsterdam’s finest museums.
Edinburgh: a Historic Scottish Capital with Irene Mariani 06.11
Thu, Jun 11
Live Zoom event
Jun 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Discover Edinburgh’s rich history, architecture and narrative (including some ghost stories) with a local art historian.
WW2 Milan: "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" with Laura Benitti 06.11
Thu, Jun 11
Live Zoom event
Jun 11, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore stories of resistance and escape during WW2 Milan up until its Liberation in April 1945.
Doctors, Diseases and Deities: Medicine in Ancient Rome with Sarah Yeomans 06.11
Thu, Jun 11
Live Zoom event
Jun 11, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
While our modern culture is very different from that of ancient Rome, certain human realities remain consistent across time. The challenges of illness and injury were as prevalent in the Roman Empire as they are in today.

What Our Clients are Saying

I just finished my session with Luca Zagia on Venice. It was FANTASTIC! He is an awesome guide and the talk was super interesting. Even though I have been to Venice and taken a number of different walks with Context tour guides in the city I think I learned more about the historical context of the city in the last two hours than I did when I was physically in Venice. That really surprised me.

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Programming for Kids and Families

From mummies at the British Museum of London to the birthplace of Harry Potter in Edinburgh, our family-friendly experts can bring learning to life. Designed for children ages 5 and up. Programming for teens and multigenerational families also available. Enquire using the form above.

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Group Learning Experiences

Connect virtually with friends and family near and far as our experts guide you through an interactive topic of your choosing. Learning to pair champagne with food with a Parisian sommelier? Experiencing the Vatican over Easter with a Roman art historian? Work with us to create a private experience for holidays, special occasions, or just for fun.  Enquire using the form above.

Live Curricula for Schools

Work with us to develop custom multi-session curricula for middle and upper schools and colleges. Our hand-selected experts will provide in-depth learning aided by visual presentations and/or virtual tours of the world’s most iconic museums and monuments tailored to your curriculum - anything from classics, to art, to specific periods in history. In our conversational, interactive approach, your students will be able to ask our experts questions as they go. Curricula also available for parents looking for home-school content.  Enquire using the form above.

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