Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of visits in Rome, such as:
The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
A huge complex of galleries and museums, probably housing the world’s greatest collection of antiquities, showcasing painting, sculpture, frescoes, tapestries and classical antiquities including Roman, Greek and Egyptian. Combine this with the impressive Sistine chapel and Raphael's Rooms and one visit here is not likely to be enough.
St Peter’s Basilica
Located within the walls of the Vatican, in Saint Peter's square, the interior of this cathedral includes 45 altars and has been decorated by many famous artists. Some of the most important works in the church are the Pietà by Michelangelo, the papal altar and the Throne of St. Peter, both by Bernini. The dome or cupola was designed by Michelangelo when he became chief architect in 1546.
Located on Capitoline Hill, the Capitoline Museums are housed in two palaces. Palazzo Nuovo is the smaller building of the Capitoline Museums and was opened to the public in 1734 by Pope Clement XII. This palace contains many fine selections of Greek and Roman sculptures, while portrait busts of Greek politicians, scientists and poets can be seen in Hall of the Philosophers.
Palazzo dei Conservatori was the seat of the city’s magistrates during the late Middle Ages. Its halls, covered with colourful frescos, are still occasionally used for political meetings and the ground floor is the seat of the municipal registry office. Masterpieces such as a huge sculpture of Constantine, Bernini’s Medusa and fabulous paintings by Veronese, Tintoretto, Caravaggio or Van Dyck can be seen here. Outside the palace, the ‘She Wolf’ with Romulus and Remus can be found.
Borghese Museum and Gallery
Villa Borghese, located in the centre of the city, just north of the Spanish Steps, is the largest public park in Rome. Created by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 1600s, this elegant park has a lake, plus a number of temples, fountains, statues and several museums.
In 1911 the World Exposition was held in the park, and several of the pavilions built at that time still remain, probably the most impressive of these is the British School, built from a design by Edwin Lutyens. The park also contains the Piazza di Siena amphitheatre, an 18th century arch, the arco di Settimio Severo, and a botanical garden.
A remarkable art collection was built up by Scipione Borghese, who by the time of his death in 1633 had accumulated some of the greatest art treasures of all time. The collection suffered when Napoleon’s sister, Pauline, who married Prince Camillo Borghese in 1807, sold off most of the collection. Today many of those works of art from the original collection can be seen in the Louvre in Paris. In 1997, after a major renovation, the Galleria Borghese was reopened displaying such masterpieces as Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael’s Deposition and Caravaggio’s Jerome.
National Gallery of Ancient Art of Barberini Palace
This gallery is situated in Palazzo Barberini. The palace was begun in 1625 by Carlo Maderno with the help of Borromini and completed eight years later by Bernini. The gallery houses works from the 12th to the 17th centuries and is the result of collections belonging to noble families. The central hall has a splendid ceiling painted by Pietro da Cortona with the “Triumph of the Divine Providence”. The collection includes paintings by Caravaggio, Andrea del Sarto, the famous “La Fornarina” by Raphael, a portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein and a Bust of Urban VIII by Bernini.