SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS
A Florentine born and bred, Marcello Bellini graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florence with a degree in international and comparative law. Since the year 1970 he has taught Renaissance culture for several American university programs in Florence, including California State University and Vanderbilt University, and has had a long association with the British Institute, in addition to working as a tour guide. He is considered to be the doyen of tour guides in Florence and now instructs trainee guides. Marcello is currently working on a Renaissance History manual aimed at instructors teaching foreign students.