Rome: 11-15 May 2020

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.