The Gardens and Palaces of the Roman Renaissance
This tour is an exploration of how some very hard men sought some rather soft living. When the Popes returned from their exile in Avignon in the fifteenth century their presence unleashed an outpouring of artistic talent, manifested in painting sculpture, architecture –and garden design. The Renaissance was a new civilisation and this tour will explore some of the most significant palaces and gardens –inside and outside Rome-which give an idea of the mentality of the Roman Renaissance and the characters of some of its leading patrons and artists
We will visit the Villa Medici and Villa Farnesina in Rome and at Tivoli the world famous gardens at the Villa d’Este, and the gorge and the springs of the Villa Gregoriana. We will tour the Alban Hills just outside Rome to visit the Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati, the gardens of the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo and Nemi, the ancient abode of the priest king of the goddess Diana.
We will stay in a hotel in the heart of the historic centre, just round the corner from the Pantheon
The cost will include four nights bed and breakfast, coach transport to Tivoli, and the Alban Hills, transport to and from the airport and the services of expert guides at the major sites .
Cost £615 per person for two people sharing a twin bedded room Single person supplement is £200. Projected air fare is £140.Flight from Bristol
If you wish join this tour please complete the booking form. You can view and print a booking form by clicking here.