Rome - The Great Masters
With some of the most important art collections in Italy housed in Rome, this tour is the perfect showcase to see Rome’s Great Masters. The private viewing of Michaelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ allows you to immerse in the magnificent piece in all its glory.
We explore Rome and discover the Galleria Borghese which displays work of equal calibre, including paintings by Caravaggio and Raphael, as well as Bernini's famous statues. We travel across Rome and move through the eras, as over the River Tiber we find art from early Renaissance to the 18th Century and later to the Basilica di Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome with 13 century mosaics
- Visit the national Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
- Witness paintings by Caravaggio and Raphael at the Galleria Borghese Museum
- Private out of hours visit to the Sistine Chapel
- Private reception at the Pamphilij gallery
- Cultural Excursion
- Special Access
- All Inclusive
Our flight lands in Rome this morning and, after checking in to our centrally-based hotel, we have plenty of time to settle in, relax and explore the Eternal City at our leisure. This evening we head to the dazzling Galleria Doria Pamphilj for a private reception and lecture – a fine introduction to our tour, among one of the world’s most stupendous collections of renowned Italian masterpieces.
Our first full day in Rome begins with a visit to the 17th-century Palazzo Barberini, home of the National Gallery of Ancient Art, with a collection that covers some of the country’s most significant pieces from the 12th to the 18th centuries. Here we view works from many of Italy’s greats, including Titian, Raphael and Canaletto, as well as Filippo Lippi’s famous painting, Madonna and Child.
We continue to explore the artistic heart of Rome together this afternoon, before a very special evening encounter: a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to marvel at Michelangelo’s world-renowned frescos away from the usual hustle and bustle of the crowds.
This morning we make our way to the Galleria Borghese, referred to by many as the “queen of all private art collections.” Established in the early 17th century, this stellar collection is famed for its magnificent Bernini sculptures, as well as works by Caravaggio and Raphael.
We enjoy lunch at the Galleria before dispersing for an afternoon spent however we wish. Connect with La Dolce Vita at the Trevi Fountain, survey the city from the newly-restored Spanish Steps, or wander through the cobbled streets with a creamy gelato in hand.
This evening we reconvene for dinner in the city.
After breakfast we cross the River Tiber to spend our day in the Medieval neighbourhood of Trastevere, once home to a thriving Jewish community, as well as, in the imperial era, such notable figures as Julius Caesar.
This morning we lose ourselves in the Baroque treasure box of Palazzo Corsini, with its extraordinarily ornate interiors, and collections of artwork from the early Renaissance to the late 1700s.
Following lunch we enter the Basilica di Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome, with its glittering 13th-century Cavallini mosaics. Dating back as far as the 3rd century, legend goes that the basilica’s foundations sit atop a spot where oil miraculously gushed from the ground at the moment of Jesus’ birth.
We round off the day with dinner in a rooftop restaurant, enjoying astounding views of the city as we celebrate our final evening of the trip.
There is more free time this morning to spend as we wish – shopping, relaxing or strolling at our own pace. This afternoon we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
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