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High Renaissance & Baroque Rome

11 Sep — 16 Sep 2018 | Tour Director: Colin Bailey




• Explore the Renaissance and Baroque art treasures in the city of Rome with art historian Colin Bailey

• Spend a day at St Peter’s and the Vatican, exploring the Pinacoteca, Stanze and Sistine Chapel

• Discover works of art by the Italian Old Masters including Michelangelo and Caravaggio


Raphael and Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini: an Italian quartet inexorably linked

to Rome’s awe-inspiring Renaissance and Baroque legacy, and four gures who burn brightly throughout our investigation of the Eternal City’s unrivalled collection of frescoes, paintings and sculpture.

On our first full day in Rome we will explore the Vatican. Here, we will witness at rst hand the splendour of Raphael’s wonderful series of frescoes in the Stanze – the four official rooms of Pope Julius II decorated by Raphael at the beginning of his brilliant
career in Rome. We will also take in the delights of the Pinacoteca, the Vatican’s picture gallery.

Michelangelo, whose frescoes we will see in the Sistine Chapel, undoubtedly influenced Caravaggio (despite the latter’s protestations that nature was his only teacher). The Baroque painter will feature prominently on our tour: in the Cerasi Chapel of Santa Maria
del Popolo, for instance, we will see the evocative Conversion of Saul and Crucifixion of Saint Peter. There will be an opportunity, too, to see work by Caravaggio’s female disciple, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Bernini was perhaps the greatest sculptor-architect of the 17th century. When his patron Barberini was installed as Pope Urban VIII, Bernini was put in charge of building operations at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. If the façade of Barberini’s palace is one of Bernini’s most famous architectural works, then the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona ranks as one of his most celebrated sculptural groups.

Further splendours await us both in the very heart of ancient Rome – at the Palazzo dei Conservatori, for example, with its collection of Italian Old Masters – and slightly beyond: the Museo Borghese contains Raphael’s Entombment and Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, while the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is a late Baroque treasure chest containing the nest extant art collection in Rome still in private hands.

We will stay at the Exe Hotel della Torre Argentina, a three-star hotel, situated in an elegant building in the very heart of Rome.


11 Sep - 16 Sep 2018
DAYS | 6
COST | £1995


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Cost per-person includes:
based on a twin accommodation to include ights, breakfast, dinners, all visits, admissions, gratuities and the company of Colin Bailey throughout the tour.


Not included:

Travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £355 per person.







Colin Bailey, BA, Phd, FSA, FSAScot, FRSA

Colin, who gained his PhD in art history at Nottingham University, has held a succession of top posts: he was head librarian at the Barber Institute at Birmingham University, keeper of British art at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery and head of Humanities at Edinburgh College of Art.

Full biography and other tours >






Depart Edinburgh 0955 on British Airways via London Heathrow, arriving Rome Fiumicino 1605. Transfer to Exe Hotel della Torre Argentina for five nights.



Morning: retrace pilgrims’ way along Via dei Coronari and across Ponte Sant’Angelo past the Castel Sant’Angelo (exterior only) and on to Vatican Museums: Pinacoteca, Stanze (by Raphael), Sistine Chapel (frescoes by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Michelangelo). Afternoon: St Peter’s (Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini sculptures).



Morning: Villa Farnesina (including Raphael’s Loggia of Cupid and Psyche). Afternoon: Pinacoteca in the Palazzo dei Conservatori (Caravaggio and his followers), Santa Maria del Popolo (Cerasi and Chigi Chapels).



Morning: San Luigi dei Francesi (Caravaggio’s rst important religious works) followed by Sant’Agostino (Caravaggio’s Madonna of Loreto), Piazza Navona (Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi), Santa Maria dell’Anima, Raphael’s tomb in the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (frescoes by Lippi). Afternoon: Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (Rome’s nest private art collection), Sant’Ignazio (ceiling frescoes by Pozzo).



Morning: Santa Maria della Vittoria (including Bernini’s Cornaro Chapel), Santa Susanna. Afternoon: Museo Borghese (Raphael’s Entombment, Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne).



Morning: Palazzo Barberini (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte with works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi). Depart Rome Fiumicino 1725 via London Heathrow, arriving Edinburgh 2130.




To make a reservation please call Gillian Harvey to reserve a place. A booking form should be completed and returned along with a deposit of £450 per person to Gillian Harvey, ACE Cultural Tours, Stapleford Granary, Bury Rd, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.
Telephone: 01223 841055