Philanthropic Heritage Travel Experience to support cultural institutions
As we explore our past and enjoy truly privileged access to many of the art jewels of humankind, we want to make a difference and take part in the preservation of many of those treasures.
Ariodante is deeply committed to helping cultural institutions and living artists. We intend to increase the awareness about how fragile our heritage is and how important it is for us to leave future generations with a renewed and enriched heritage.
This is why Ariodante has created some extraordinary travel experiences with the goal of helping some of the cultural institutions we love with valuable funding to benefit generations to come.
With these Heritage Experiences, we will be donating an important share of the value of the experience to the cultural institution we have partnered with in order to support a special project.
So far, we have donated more than one million US dollars to several cultural institutions including many sites of the World Heritage Program we now actively support.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did”
RESTORING PICASSO'S CHAPEL IN VALLAURIS
Guernica might be Picasso’s best-known anti-war work, but it wasn’t his only one. In the French Riviera, there is a town close to Antibes where Picasso created much of his pottery and, above all, a chapel. It was here where Picasso worked on his War and Peace murals in 1951 and 1952. Titled after Leo Tolstoy’s Napoleonic epic, they were his largest political works since the end of the Second World War.
The result is an extraordinary and moving masterpiece where the War side faces Peace and, at its centre, a painting composed of figures from the four World races united in peace. Painted in black, white, yellow and red.
Discover this chapel with a privileged private visit with the curator of the museum and immerse yourself in Picasso’s incredible work. Enjoy a candlelight dining experience while helping fund the restoration of this unique chapel.
THE REVIVAL OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI'S BALLROOM
When we think about Queen Catherine de Medici what comes first to mind is her dark legend and her passion for astrology. But in fact, this legend was mostly fabricated after her death and many falsehoods were spread to discredit one of the greatest Queens of France who was in fact, a patron of the Arts.
With this experience, we will not only discover that "black legend" but most of all, we will uncover who the Queen really was by visiting the places where she lived. The most important of them being the castle of Fontainebleau. For you, we will be opening all the doors of this incredible castle where, for more than 7 centuries, was the home of all the Kings of France.
The highlight of the visit will be the Golden Ballroom. Initiated by King Francis I and completed by his son Henry II for his wife Catherine de Medici. A rare jewel of the French Renaissance which is currently in grave danger. Ariodante has pledged to help to restore it to its former glory.
GIACOMETTI'S INCREDIBLE NOTEBOOKS
Giacometti spent most of his life in Paris and it is in Montparnasse that he created most of his masterpieces.
We will tell you his life story and share with you the intimacy of his incredible notebooks; a treasure for art historians as they hold the key to Giacometti's life, thoughts and inspiration.
We will be visiting several places linked with Giacometti to discover his life and work as well as the Giacometti Institute for a private visit and, best of all, we will meet the experts who will show you some of Giacometti's notebooks never before shown to the public.
An exceptional experience with the unique opportunity to see those extraordinary documents and a chance for you to be part of the restoration of those notebooks allowing generations to come to better understand the work of one of the most important artists of the 20 century
THE MONASTERY OF SAORGE, A GEM OF BAROQUE ART
This incredible Heritage experience will allow you to discover one of the hidden jewels of Baroque art in The French Riviera, the Saorge Monastery. A Franciscan convent founded in 1633 and located along the 'salt road' linking Nice to Turin in the 17th century.
This is a unique opportunity to see some amazing artwork by Calderari de Lugano and be part of the restoration of his painted stucco medallions to unveil the beauty of those forgotten Baroque masterpieces and preserve them for generations to come.
During this one of a kind private visit, you will be able to visit all the closed areas of the monastery and sample the local organic food with a country-style meal in the sumptuous gardens or in the old refectory while meeting with one or more of the notorious artists now living in the monastery.
IN THE INTIMACY OF RUDOLF NUREYEV
A journey to discover one of the greatest dancers ever, Rudolf Nureyev. From his incredible desertion from the Soviet Union during a tour to Paris and London, to his appointment as director of the Paris Opera House Ballet. We will follow in the footsteps of his genius who transformed the Paris Ballet Company into one of the best in the World.
This experience will take us behind the scenes of the Palais Garnier to areas that have never been accessible to the public before and to some of those places Nureyev really loved as well as access to Nureyev's original manuscripts.
And to go way beyond that, we are able to grant you access to a rehearsal of the Paris Opera House Ballet to see the amazing work and talent of one of the best ballet companies in the World
Learn more about our special experiences and tours and how you can really make a difference when travelling with us