Visions of Rome: A Tour to the Eternal City



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    Classical Art Tour

Visions of Rome: A Tour to the Eternal City

A book I brought with me from Rome when I came to live here, it was called “Roma non Basta una Vita” (For Rome one life is not enough). This Tour demonstrates the truth of such a statement and will point out marvels, secrets and the stories of Rome.

Starting from our first day when we spend some time on Rome’s Capitol from where, under the Equestrian Statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, we look towards the two huge statues of The Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, those Semi-Gods that rode down from the sky to come and help the Romans in the battlefield, or looking on the other side we discover the Roman Forum, its Senate House, Triumphal Arches and the Imperial Palace. Starting from Caligula - as mad as a hatter - who built the triumphal Stairs particularly shallow to be used by his horse “Incitatus” which he made into a Senator; the stories of Rome’s triumphs and defeats will unfold in front of your eyes.

In visiting the Forum itself, an  archaeologist will guide us through and will show us the latest restoration (which lasted 15 years and was only recently opened to the public) of a Christian Church attached to the Imperial Palace, the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua, still rich of its 7th C. frescoes.

Our discoveries will guide us to visit the Golden House of Nero opposite the Colosseum and, a few minutes away, the recently discovered frescoes on the Nunnery by the Church of Santi Quattro Coronati, previously a 12 C. Palace and Justice Hall of the Pope’s Vice Chancellor. A special permission will allow us to visit these Gothic frescoes, passing through the Cloistered Nuns’ Convent.

Continuing and moving to the 15 C. Renaissance we will visit the Farnesina, the suburban villa of Banker Agostino Chigi, built by the great Sienese architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, (where Raphael was kept a few months as a special guest (almost imprisoned by his patron) with his lover the famous Farnesina, to make him finish the frescoes of the most beautiful Veranda in Rome with the stories of the Loves of the Gods.

Eventually the Tour will end with the Roman Baroque works of Bernini and Caravaggio in Villa Borghese where Cardinal Scipione Borghese lived, and which houses his - the most famous art collection of Rome - with paintings by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio; statues from ancient Rome to Bernini and Canova like Paolina Borghese and some of the greatest art treasures of Rome.

The Roman Sunshine and the delicious Restaurants rich with the joy of living of the Roman people will make this tour an unforgettable experience.

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