This is the National Gallery's tour to Rome and leads on from the extraordinary 2017 exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano.
Expert Gayna Pelham will lead the tour to reveal the best of Michelangelo and Sebastiano's works on view in Rome. From frescoes to sculpture, paintings to architecture, the full scope of their genius will be visited.
Not only will the tour explore their artistic relationship and look at the significance of renaissance ideas on their work, it will also examine the impact of patronage from the Church and the influence of the classical world. Highlights will include the Villa Farnesina, a private view of the Sistine Chapel and the Farnese Palace (now the French Embassy and visit subject to confirmation).
This tour complements the National Gallery exhibition, Michelangelo & Sebastiano (15 March - 25 June 2017).
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Rome with British Airways. Transfer to the Hotel Victoria for a 4-night stay. In the afternoon, visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo to see Sebastiano's Birth of the Virgin. Enjoy an introductory lecture by Gayna Pelham in the evening, followed by a welcome dinner. (D)
This morning visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built inside the frigidarium of the Baths of Diocletian and adapted by Michelangelo. See the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, where Michelangelo's Moses is the centrepiece of the tomb of Pope Julius II. Then visit Capitoline Hill, where the monumental civic piazza and palaces were also designed by Michelangelo. Continue to Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, which holds a renowned art collection, including Sebastiano's Portrait of Andrea Doria. Finally, visit Santa Maria sopra Minerva, known for its colourful interior and frescoes. See Michelangelo's Cristo della Minerva, the statue of Christ carrying the cross. (B, L)
Transfer to Villa Farnesina, built for Agostino Chigi, a Sienese banker and the richest man in renaissance Rome. The villa's interior features several important works, including Sebastiano's frescoes of Polyphemus and scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Continue to the church of San Pietro in Montorio, home to Bramante's Tempietto (little tomb). This circular sanctuary is perfectly proportioned and its Tuscan columns and doric entablature highlight the reported spot of St.Peter's martyrdom. See Sebastiano's Transfiguration and Flagellation. Finally, visit the Farnese Palace for a special guided tour (subject to confirmation). Michelangelo was responsible for the central balcony, cornice and second and third levels of the internal courtyard. (B)
The morning will be spent visiting Santa Maria della Pace, with architecture influenced by Michelangelo and Raphael sibyl paintings inside. There will be some time to explore the city before an afternoon transfer to the Vatican. Visit St.Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's design included the largest brick dome ever constructed and it remains the tallest building in Rome to this day. His first major work, the Pieta can also be seen. After a short break for a talk by Gayna Pelham over an aperitivo, there will be an early evening exclusive after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums. This will include the Upper Galleries, Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and Museo Pio Clementino. See the Belvedere Torso, the Laocoon statue and Sleeping Ariadne. (B,D)
This morning is at leisure or an optional visit to the Borghese Gallery. Afternoon transfer to the airport for a return flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local guide where necessary.
This tour is based in 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Gayna Pelham is an artist and lecturer based in London. After studying Fine Art and History of Art, she became a lecturer at the National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and Courtauld Institute. She has an established art practice and exhibits in solo and group shows. Gayna also specialises in teaching adults to draw and works for a variety of private and corporate groups.
Business Class from £795
Please speak to your tour consultant for details.
The Hotel Victoria Roma is situated in the city centre, 1 km from the famous Spanish Steps. The property was originally built as private residence in 1899 and was later converted into a hotel. It has kept its original character with high ceilings and large windows. From the terrace, guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the Aurelian Walls and the famous pine trees of Villa Borghese Gardens. The hotel's restaurant focuses on regional specialities and the bar Victoria has a 1950s decor and serves classic...
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If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Extend your stay at the Hotel Victoria (or similar) for further sightseeing. Includes airport transfer.
This extension starts on day 5 of the tour.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
NGR2017: 4 Nights
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