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JEWISH ROME

Half Day Tour in Rome

Your Roman holiday would not be complete without a visit to the Jewish Ghetto with the Jewish Museum and the Synagogue. It is a common misconception that Rome is just the city of Christianity. Jews are the most authentic Roman citizens and in Rome you will see more Jewish sites than you could ever imagine. We will walk through the remaining areas of the former Jewish Ghetto and down the 1st century b.C. lanes heading to the Portico d'Ottavia, ...........

BASILICA OF ST. CLEMENTE

Half Day Tour in Rome

The Basilica of San Clemente is not just another church in Rome, it is unique! Its magnificent frescoes and its 12th century mosaic depicting "The Cross as the Tree of Life" will engage both your mind and heart. Following the steps down to the underground level you can travel back in time and visit a 4th century basilica quite perfectly preserved, and after that, going even deeper to the Roman level, you will discover a former pagan temple dedicated to the Persian god Mithras .......

COLONNA GALLERY

Half Day Tour in Rome

The Galleria Colonna is one of the few surviving private museums that is still administrated by the same noble family.  Walking through its rooms is like going back in time, learning about the glorious past of the Colonna (who owed their  fortunes to the cardinal Ottone, elected pope in 1417 with the name of Martin V) and enjoying their great taste for art as they had put together a sensational collection of paintings and ancient statues. The Gallery stunning fresco decoration .....

BORGHESE GALLERY

Half Day Tour in Rome

The Galleria Borghese is one of the top museums in Rome, and this is a very special tour that will make you experience unique sensations. The Gallery is located in the gorgeous Villa Borghese park, and it displays, among the other art treasures, some masterful marble sculptures by Gianlorenzo Bernini like "Apollo and Daphne" and "Pluto abducting Prosperpine". The history of the museum goes back to the early 17th century, when the art patron Cardinal Scipione Borghese ......

VILLA FARNESINA

Half Day Tour in Rome

Villa Farnesina, in the heart of Trastevere, is the right place if you want to breathe the atmosphere of a real Renaissance residence. His owner, the banker Agostino Chigi (1466-1520), was the wealthiest man of his days, a great patron of arts and a big party lover. His villa was designed according to Vitruvius principles by the fashionable architect and painter  Baldassarre Peruzzi, and the fresco decoration was realized by his good friend ........

BEATO ANGELICO IN CONVENT OF ST.MARCO

Half Day Tour in Florence

Although it may not be as famous as the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia, the Museo Nazionale di San Marco (the San Marco Museum) is certainly one of the top museums in Florence and the only almost entirely dedicated to Fra Angelico, a leading figure in the early Renaissance painting and also a patron for Catholic artists, for he was beatified in 1982 by pope John Paul II. As a Dominican friar, Fra Angelico had an insight knowledge of the religious themes and his paintings were renowned for their profound spirituality ........

SCUOLA GRANDE DI S. ROCCO E BASILICA ...

Half Day Tour in Venice

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is the best preserved of the six Scuole Grandi (Major Guilds), that for many centuries were considered the leading institutions for charity and devotion in Venice. In the seat of the brotherhood (built from 1517 to 1549) Jacopo Tintoretto left the masterpiece of his lifetime: a group of 64 paintings realized in the span of 24 years, also including the amazing Crucifixion (a painting on canvas almost 13 meters long) and his most fascinating and "mysterious" works, St. Mary Magdalen and .......

GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION

Half Day Tour in Venice

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is the most important museum for contemporary art in Italy.  It is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th century palace on the Grand Canal that was once the residence of the wealthy art patron and collector Peggy Guggenheim. The museum's permanent collection contains works by the most famous European and American artists of the first half of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder......