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Would you like to keep in touch with fellow Monash Prato alumni and find out what's new at the Monash Prato Centre?

Join us at an event in Melbourne, Australia, or in Prato, Italy.

Monash Alumni & Friends Prato Tour 2018


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


23-29 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
  • Accommodation in the heart of Prato


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

Dr Cecilia Hewlett
Director, Monash University Prato Centre


The indicative cost is:
AUD $2,500-3,000 for the tour only / AUD $3,500-4,000 including tour, accommodation and ground transfers
Please note that airfares are excluded from the above indicative cost.

Booking details

To secure your place on the tour, you will need to pay a $500 non-refundable** deposit via by 15 March 2018. The final itinerary and final cost will be available in March 2018. If you are interested in participating in this tour and would like to receive further information, please complete our online form

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

**The deposit is non-refundable except in the event of insufficient participants.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Event

Next event: Melbourne, Friday 14 September 2018 (date to be confirmed)

Over 80 guests gathered for a private screening of 'Let Yourself Go! - Lasciati Andare' at the 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival on 22 September at Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia. Monash Prato alumni had the opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and to find out what's new at the Monash Prato Centre over a pre-film aperitivo. An email invitation to this event was sent on 5 September to all Monash Prato alumni living in Victoria.

Make sure your contact details are up-to-date to receive invitations to this annual exclusive event.

Bill Kent Memorial Lecture Series

Next event: Melbourne, 2018 (date to be confirmed)

Melbourne, Australia

Coping with Plague: Public Health and Epidemics in Renaissance Italy

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.

Melbourne, Australia

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

This event was hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash Arts, and included the launch of the publication 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.

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