“Walking the Walk in Renaissance Italy” – Dr. Eric Haywood

Location: Education Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, D6W
Date: Thursday 23rd March
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In the 1480s the environs of the Amalfi Coast were the scene of a rather unusual “sponsored walk”. Irish pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem stopped off at an inn on the outskirts of Naples in order to indulge in an almighty “wine tasting”, so as to recover from what they had just been witness to in Rome: the wedding of the Pope’s daughter! And this is not fake news!

It is told to us by the then Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Naples, who had himself just returned from Rome. But did it really happen? And why was it of such concern to the Prime Minister (who was also a famous writer) that he should include a reference to it in one of his works?

Dr. Haywood’s engaging talk will reveal all and set you on your way to trek the Amalfi Coast!

Whether or not you have been to the Amalfi coast before, this evening talk about the area promises to be both entertaining and rewarding. Our tour provider (Drew Duggan from Adventure Holidays) will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have about our forthcoming trek; Drew will also provide a short talk to further whet your appetite.

  • Entertaining historical talk
  • Discover more about the location
  • Meet other participants
  • Trek tour guide (Drew Duggan) will provide a short overview of our trek and will also be available to answer questions
  • Find out about things you will see, optional things you will be able to do
  • Italian antipasti will be served
  • Free parking is available within the Hospice grounds


Trek Information Evening Registration

Sign-up form for 27th February Dunne and Crescenzi talk provided by Drew
  • Please indicate the number of places you wish to reserve.

About your speaker

Born and brought up in Switzerland, ERIC HAYWOOD is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, and also studied at the European University Institute in Florence. A former President of the Association of Teachers of Italian, he taught Italian language and literature at UCD for close on 40 years, specializing in the culture of the Renaissance. His research has focused mainly on Renaissance geography and descriptions of Ireland, the culture of Renaissance Naples, and Machiavelli’s comedy Mandragola. Currently he is working on: female humour in Mandragola, Petrarch’s rewriting of the last tale of Boccaccio’s Decameron (Griselda), the birth of the myth of Arcadia, the Irish in Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and dreams of Hellenism in the writings of Antonio De Ferrariis Galateo (died 1517). In 2014 he was knighted (Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia) by the President of Italy.


About our trek

Join us for an unforgettable experience trekking through Italy’s Amalfi Coast – climb Vesuvius and see Pompeii – 14th to 21th October 2017:

Overseas Treks are one of the most exciting and fun ways to get involved in supporting the Hospice. You get to travel to a lovely location, enjoy organised excursions with the support of an expert guide, meet and make new friends, and most important of all – you will help raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services that will ensure we can continue to provide expert care to those who need it most.

Our trek this year is to the beautiful Amalfi Coast in South West Italy. It will take in a web of ancient pathways along stunning shorelines and cliffs; it will lead you through charming coastal towns and through rustic woodlands; you’ll see the most beautiful villages perched up on craggy peaks as you hike along the stunning “Footpath of the Gods”, and you’ll take in the scenery from the seas as you enjoy several boat trips as well.