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EXPERTISE
Destinations & Ports
History - Art & Culture
History - Classical
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BIOGRAPHY
Dr Armida Bordi, a former professor of literature and the history of civilisations, lives in Genoa (Italy). After gaining two degrees from Genoa University she was the recipient of several British Council grants to British universities and a three time Fulbright scholar to the US . Armida was also a consultant and Italy’s representative to the Council of Europe in Scotland, Ireland, France and Austria where she trained both teachers and teacher-trainers. She also organised and coordinated cultural exchange programmes between Italy, the UK, the US and Spain.

She is now teaching lifelong learning programs offering adult learners courses combining history and art with foreign languages. She has also created discovery tours to help children, teenagers and adults find out about the rich cultural heritage of the city they live in.

As a long-time lecturer Armida has travelled extensively in different continents including Antarctica. She has been a guest speaker among others on Princess, Saga, Voyages of Discovery, Oceania, Regents Seven Seas, Silversea, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.

A lover of travel and of different cultures, Armida likes exploring new places and she can communicate in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Greek and Portuguese.
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The Mediterranean

Rome. A city of many souls
Florence and Tuscany
Buried alive. Pompeii and Herculaneum
Sicily. Crossroads of history
Venice. The queen of the seas
Dreamlands. Genoa and the Riviera
Mamma mia! (About Italy and Italians...)

The fabulous Cote d’Azur

Barcelona. Past and present
Andalusia
Lisbon. Echoes of the empire

Athens. The cradle of western civilization
The islands of myth. Corfu, Santorini and Delos
Rhodes. Gods, knights, Turks and tourists
For a branch of olive. The Olympic Games in ancient Greece
Atlantis. The mystery

Ephesus . That intriguing past
Istanbul. Past glory, future challenge

Dubrovnik and Split. The pearls of the Adriatic

Israel. Places and events

The crusades. In God’s name?

The cross and the sword. History of the Knights of Malta

Pilgrims across Europe

Northern Europe

Baltic capitals
The Vikings, lords of the seas (parts 1 and 2)
Greenland and Iceland. A stormy past
St Petersburg. Lights and shadows
Catherine the Great

The Atlantic & the Americas

Explorers across the Atlantic
Cod. The fish that fed the world
Who discovered America?
Cristopher Columbus’ brave new world
…and then the “Conquistadores” arrived
Pirates, privateers and buccaneers
Shipwrecks and buried treasures
History and mystery in the Caribbeans

Lost in the jungle: pre-Columbian cities
The Inca: the sons of the sun
Chocolate, the food of the gods
The quest for Eldorado
Slaves!
In Magellan’s footsteps

Focus on Argentina
Evita: the myth lives on
“El tango” a dance with a soul
Patagonia. Kings, saints and sinners
On Darwin’s and Chatwin’s footsteps

Antarctica
Exploring Antarctica: the heroic age
Exploring Antarctica: the modern age
That icy embrace: Scott and Amundsen
Amundsen and the poles: dream or obsession?
Shackleton’s “Endurance” expedition
Of whales and whalers
The race for the poles

The Pacific
Tusitala. R.L.Stevenson in Samoa
Far from the madding crowd. Paul Gauguin in the Marquesas
Sailing with captain Cook
Robinson and Selkirk. Fiction vs reality
Thor Heyerdahl’s quest. The Kon - Tiki expedition

Art history
Art styles in Greece and Rome
Romanesque, Gothic or Renaissance?
Michelangelo
Van Gogh
Antoni Gaudi’

History and Biographies
- Alexander the Great
- Julius Caesar
- Marco Polo
- Christopher Columbus
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Napoleon
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
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As a long-time lecturer Armida has travelled extensively in different continents including Antarctica. She has been a guest speaker among others on Princess, Saga, Voyages of Discovery, Oceania, Regents Seven Seas, Silversea, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.