Visions of Rome in Art and Nature


Visions of Rome in Art Architecture and History

27 March – 1 April 2017

This six-day Tour to Rome will immerse us into its past Art and Culture, History and Politics of different periods: Ancient, Early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque. It provides an overview of this fascinating and colourful city that has dominated Western Culture for more that 2000 years. In Rome, where we will stay for 5 nights, we will be able to read the mystery and legends on the walls of the Roman Monuments, early Christian Churches and Museums, while we will follow the stories of Sacred and Profane Loves on the Renaissance Villas and Palaces.

In Rome we will stay in the hotel Santa Chiara, an old favourite of ours, and well located in the centre just a few minutes walk to the Pantheon.

I T I N E R A R Y:

Temple of Jupiter

Temple of Jupiter

Monday 27 March
2pm - We begin our special visit to the Eternal City walking to the Capitol, the Religious and Administrative Centre of Early Rome. From its origins in 8C BC, Michelangelo, in the 16C AD rearranged the Piazza which radiates around the Equestrian bronze Statue of Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher Emperor. Now only a copy, the original is in the Capitoline Museum which we will visit. There we will see the statue in its magical setting covered by glass under the Roman sky. Nearby are the remains of the 6C BC Temple of Jupiter.
will then descend to the Trajan Forum and the magnificent Column just by the Forum. 
by invitation

Crucifixion from Santa Maria Antiqua

Crucifixion from Santa Maria Antiqua

Tuesday 28 March
10am - We will visit the Forum and the Palatine Hill, the real centre of Roman life from Caesar until the 4C AD. A novelty will be a visit to the famous Church of Santa Maria Antiqua, recently opened to the public after 15 years of restoration. Placed along the north western slopes of the Palatine Hill, the Church was inserted into an already existing vast building complex from the time of Emperor Domitian (81 – 96 AD). It was Converted into a Church in the 6C and decorated during the next three centuries with extensive wall paintings, a majority of which are still preserved (more than 250 square meters). They are a unique example of early Christian Art.
 - We will go to the Church of S.ti Quattro Coronati, just past the Colosseum. Recent discoveries have exposed a large Palace built above the Church in 1240 by Cardinal Conti. Here an early 13 C fresco cycle, in what is now called the Gothic Room, was discovered and restored recently. In these exciting rooms – now the Convent of the Nuns who look after the Church – the latest discoveries have exposed part of the ancient Palace. It is a great example of early 13 C art in Rome in what were the receiving rooms for the Cardinal’s grand receptions, a masterpiece of medieval gothic art.
5pm - Return to the hotel.
7pm - Talk by Prof. Elena Lattanzi former Superintendent of Reggio Calabria on todays visits.
Dinner - at leisure

Wednesday 29 March
10am - We go to Via Appia Antica and walk the section that is now closed to traffic away from the bustle of Rome, the walk on a spring day is a beautiful promenade between empty Roman villas, burial grounds, early Christian churches and a Roman Aqueducts. We will have lunch at a delightful trattoria close to the tomb of Cecilia Metella. 
Afternoon - free
Dinner - at leisure

Raphael. The Triumph of Galatea 1514 - Villa Farnesina, Rome

Raphael. The Triumph of Galatea 1514 - Villa Farnesina, Rome

Thursday 30 March
10am - Guided visit to Villa Medici, now the French Academy, and the Casino of Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, part of a 16C country retreat. The ceiling of the Casino was painted by Guercino with Aurora (Dawn) on Her Triumphal Chariot, a marvellous 17C. tempera painting, not a frescoe, which opens the ceiling to the whole sky. Guercino was one of the greatest artists of the Italian Baroque.
Free for lunch.
3:30 pm - Visit the Villa Borghese Gallery with its superb Art collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, brother of Pope Paul V, a real Connoisseur. It is famous for its Classical statues, the greatest 15, 16 and 17C. paintings and sculptures in Rome.
8pm - Dinner (by invitation) in the lovely Roman restaurant.

Friday 31 March
10am - Visit to the splendid 15C Villa Farnesina built by Peruzzi by Agostino Chigi, banker to three Renaissance Popes. The Villa was frescoed by artist like Raffael and his school, Sebastiano del Piombo and Sodoma. 
Free for lunch.
5pm - Guided visit to the Vatican Museum and Picture Gallery which contains one of the world’ s best collections of Italian paintings from the 13C to the 18C.  We also visit the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms.
Dinner by invitation

Saturday 1 April
10am - Return towards the airport where we will spend the morning in Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome. In Ostia Antica the ruins are only partly reclaimed and the city was as extensive as Pompei.
Lunch and departure

Cost:     Members £1530     Others £1690     Single supplement £200
Tour as described above including 5 nights B&B, 3 dinners, transport throughout, guiding by expert art historians, all entrance fees.


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