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ROME Renaissance and early Baroque in the Eternal City

7 November 2021

6 days from £2,890pp

The caput mundi, Rome has been instrumental in shaping European history.  As the heart of an extensive empire, Roman emperors and elites built monuments whose splendour matched Rome's power.
Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raffaello Sanzio were the first true superstars of western art. Notwithstanding their contrasting personalities — the former standing out for the tempestuous 'terribiltà' of his character, the latter being renowned for his Christ-like grace — they acquired quasi saintly status in their own lifetime. Celebrated as the greatest artists ever, they produced masterpieces for popes and princes. Their grand compositions are the epitome of High Renaissance art and have remained artistic benchmarks for centuries.
 
At the beginning of the 17th century architects and artists from all parts of Italy and the rest of Europe were drawn to Rome to study Ancient art and the works of Raphael and Michelangelo. The violent chiaroscuro of Caravaggio and his followers competed with the brilliant classical manner of Annibale Carracci, while the ecstatic drama of Gianlorenzo Bernini’s marble compositions complemented the noble grandeur of contemporary collections of Antique sculpture.
 
We will also be pursuing Renaissance villa culture in and around the city, visiting three outstanding buildings and their gardens: the suburban Villa Farnesina on the banks of the Tiber, the palatial Villa Medici on the Pincian Hill, and the unrivalled Villa D'Este at Tivoli with its spectacular fountains. Special highlight of this Art Pursuits Study Tour is a private evening view of the Vatican Museums, giving exclusive access to Raphael’s exquisitely graceful frescoes in the Stanze of Pope Julius II and of Michelangelo’s sublime creations in the Sistine Chapel.
 

Your Accommodation

Hotel Ponte Sisto, Rome

★★★★
Overview
Hotel Ponte Sisto is a comfortable four-star hotel conveniently located in a largely pedestrianised area in the heart of Rome within walking distance of the relaxed Trastevere district and the colourful Campo dei Fiori – the hotel is modern with well-lit interiors and with a spacious courtyard garden adjacent to the Bar.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar