Rome - Hidden Treasures Private Palaces
March 24 - April 1, 2014
More than any other city in the world, the Eternal City of Rome encapsulates the history of Western architecture. From the genius of ancient builders to the dynamic creations of today’s great architects, Rome boasts a wide-ranging and beautiful architectural patrimony. This custom-designed journey, created exclusively for The National Trust, celebrates Rome’s finest creations, examining both iconic monuments and hidden gems.
Study Leader Information
Study Leader Dr. Cosimo Carboni
March 24 - Depart on independent international flights for Rome’s Fiumicino Airport
March 25 - Transfer independently to the superior 4-star Rose Garden Palace Hotel. Join our expert Roman architectural scholar and historian, Dr. Cosimo Carboni, this afternoon for an exploration of the heart of Rome’s urban origins – the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. This evening, celebrate your arrival at a special welcome dinner featuring delicious Roman cuisine
March 26 - Visits to Villa Farnesina & Palazzo Spada. Lunch today is at a traditional Roman osteria frequented almost only by Romans. Discover Bramante’s hidden cloister and an obscure, but glorious Raphael fresco. Three stunning canvases by Caravaggio and Filippino Lippi’s remarkable frescoes at the Carafa Chapel.
March 27 - View the art collection amassed by Cardinal Borghese at the Villa Borghese. See the world’s finest collection of statues by Bernini, Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, and Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man. Visit Piazza del Popolo, the main historic entrance to Rome and a masterpiece of Baroque urban planning. Our lunch at a nearby local restaurant features regional cuisine at its best. See the dramatic ornamentation of the full Roman Baroque at the Church of the Gesù, the parish church of Bernini. By private invitation, we enter the glittering Baroque Palazzo Colonna for an exclusive visit with one of Rome’s most powerful former ruling families.
March 28 - Visit the Palazzo Barberini. View hundreds of hidden treasures inside, including Pietro da Cortona’s stunning Allegory of Divine Providence. See one of Bernini’s most famous sculptures, The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. Continue to Borromini’s daring San Carlo alle Quarttro Fontane and Bernini’s theatrical Sant’Andra Al Quirinale then to Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Borromini’s magnum opus and continue nearby to Piazza Navona, see Bernini’s splendid Fountain of the Four Rivers and Borromini’s Sant’Agnese. This evening, a young prince of a major Roman noble family invites us into his family’s beautiful, art-filled private home for a special visit and reception.
March 29 - Travel to Tivoli in the Roman countryside to Cardinal Ippolito D’Este’s magnificent Renaissance Villa D’Este. Next, savor a memorable luncheon feast at an intimate gourmet restaurant in the quiet countryside outside of Tivoli.
March 30 - Step into modern Rome, “EUR,” a district of rationalist architecture that remains from Mussolini’s plans for a 1942 World’s Fair. Continue to the the Janiculum Hill where the prestigious American Academy of Rome opens its doors specially for the National Trust with a private tour of the elegant McKim, Mead, and White villa. Join Academy fellows for a delicious luncheon in the villa’s shaded courtyard then a privately-authorized visit of Bramante’s hidden Tempietto, a hallmark of Renaissance architecture.
March 31 - Exploration of “The New Rome” with a visit to Richard Meier’s the Jubilee Church; Drop in for an architectural tour of Rome’s newly opened MAXXI (Museum of 21st-Century Art)Visit the private house of a major contemporary art collector then visit the Ara Pacis by Richard Meier’s a controversial new glass pavilion and the first major new construction in Rome’s historic center since World War II. To celebrate the countless glories of Rome that we have uncovered, an elegant farewell dinner is offered at a great restaurant near our hotel
April 1 - A morning transfer is provided to Rome Fiumicino Airport
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