Discover Caravaggio’s Rome with Andrew Graham Dixon

5 days

From £2,695


Few artists can be counted as influential as Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio after the town in Lombardia where he was raised. Orphaned by the age of 13, Caravaggio was a tortured genius known as much for his destructive and ultimately murderous temper as his art. His skill as a painter though was beyond doubt. He transformed chiaroscuro into dramatic tenebrism, revealing his characters theatrically in rays of light. He was a quick worker who painted directly onto the canvas. What made him revolutionary, though, was his radical naturalism, which saw him paint ordinary looking people in graphic detail, allowing him to offer rare psychological insights. He brought this naturalism even to his sacred subjects; his depiction of Our Lady in the Pilgrim's Madonna caused a sensation because it audaciously depicted her barefooted.

While Caravaggio painted in different cities, including Naples and Valletta, it was in Rome that he made his name. From an inauspicious beginning, selling his art on the street, Caravaggio became the most famous painter in a city which provided him numerous opportunities and commissions. This tour invites you the appreciate some of his most spectacular works in the company of Andrew Graham-Dixon, one of the nation’s foremost art critics and author of Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane.

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the Galleria Borghese with its outstanding collection of Caravaggi
  • Explore some of Caravaggio's most famous paintings with one of the nation's most famous art critics
  • Enjoy an evening lecture given by Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • Spend a day exploring the Vatican and its peerless art collections

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Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £325

Includes flights

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Andrew Graham-Dixon

Celebrity Guest Lecturer

Andrew Graham-Dixon is a leading British art historian and broadcaster.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Celebrity Guest
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local Guide
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • All transport taxes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
13 October 2021 ATRC211013 13 October 2021 (Wednesday) 17 October 2021 (Sunday) Andrew Graham-Dixon £2,695
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