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Monash Alumni & Friends Prato Tour 2018


6 nights in Tuscany – join us off the beaten tourist track!

Proposed dates

3-9 September 2018


  • Rich itinerary of day trips including Florence and Pienza
  • Exclusive access to museums and private collections
  • Etruscan archaeological sites
  • Concert and aperitivo in the Paul Bangay designed Palazzo Vaj Garden
  • Bespoke tour of the Capezzana winery in the undiscovered Carmignano region
  • Roof-top reception and Filippo Lippi’s Renaissance masterpieces at the Palazzo Pretorio Museum
  • Boutique accommodation


Associate Professor Peter Howard
Director, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash University

Dr Cecilia Hewlett
Director, Monash University Prato Centre

Booking details

Expressions of interest close 2 January 2018. If you are interested in participating in this tour and would like to receive further information, please complete our online form. More detailed tour information will be available in February 2018.

Please note that the tour dates and itinerary are provisional and subject to change.

Past events

Prato Alumni Lavazza Italian Film Festival Event

Lasiati Andare film posterYou are invited to a private screening of Let Yourself Go! - Lasciati Andare at the 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival. This is an exclusive event for Monash Prato alumni.

Come for a pre-film aperitivo to find out what other Prato alumni are doing today and what's new at the Monash Prato Centre.

The film will be screened in Italian with English subtitles.

Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 6-9pm (film starts at 7pm)
Venue: Palace Cinema Como 
The Como Centre, Level 1
Cnr Toorak Rd and Chapel St
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Cost: Free for Monash Prato alumni and staff. You can bring one guest for $20.
RSVP: Due to demand, we've booked a larger cinema! Register online by 12noon Tuesday 19 September.

An email invitation to this event was sent on 5 September to all Monash Prato alumni living in Victoria. To receive invitations to future Monash Prato alumni events, make sure your contact details are up-to-date.

2017 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture

Coping with Plague: Public Health and Epidemics in Renaissance Italy

Lecture delivered by Professor John Henderson

Each age faces the challenge of a new epidemic, whether it is cholera, tuberculosis, AIDS, SARS, Bird Flu or Ebola. Plague, however, has remained a paradigm against which reactions to other epidemics have been judged. Focusing mainly on 17th century Tuscany, John Henderson will argue that it is time to re-assess early modern Italian policies dealing with plague within a wider context of measures adopted by other European cities and states.

Photo of John Henderson


John Henderson is one of the leading social historians of renaissance and early modern Italy. He is Professor of Italian Renaissance History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London; Research Professor at Monash University, Melbourne; and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. John has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, religious and medical history of medieval and renaissance Tuscany. He is at present completing a book on plague in early modern Florence for Yale University Press.

Date: Thursday 5 October 2017
Time: 6.30pm-7.40pm
Venue: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 271 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
RSVP: Register online.


2016 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture and Book Launch

Uses and Abuses of Intelligence from Dante to Machiavelli
Professor Lino Pertile, Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, and former Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent

Edited by Associate Professor Peter Howard and Dr Cecilia Hewlett, and published by Brepols in October 2016.

Hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash Arts.

Read about past events held in Melbourne.

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