Elaine Ruffolo has been teaching art history in Florence, Italy since 1990 and is a popular instructor for students and adults alike. Her special interests include the history of patronage and the economy of Italian Renaissance city-states.


Ruffolo firmly supports the idea that the best way to fully understand a work of art is by exploring the context in which it was made. This approach gives the viewer the fullest understanding of the work of art under consideration and at the same time, brings the past to life.

  • B.A. in Art History, University of Wisconsin

  • M.A. in Art History, Syracuse University

  • Certified Guida Turistica della Provincia di Firenze

  • Member of Council of Academic Advisors at Friends of Florence