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Art & Design

The Italian capital is truly one of the world's greatest cities, where 2000 years of history are reflected in a treasure trove of monuments and buildings crammed with art and heritage, and where present-day life thrives and buzzes amongst the relics of an ancient civilisation.

Bustling, colourful Rome will offer your Art & Design students a truly unique experience. Though a lifetime would not be long enough to explore Rome, plan your stay carefully and you will be surprised at how much you can see and do.

Our included city travel card enables journeys across the length and breadth of the city and then we recommend you don your walking shoes so you can ‘do in Rome what the Romans do’ – walk!

Inspire your students with visits to world-class galleries and to some of the most impressive architecture in the world reflected in the design of the city’s museums and iconic landmarks. Being able to gaze upon works of art created by famous artists and admiring the unique architecture helps to generate discussion, debate and the opportunity to sketch and improve artistic and drawing skills.

01 Tour Highlights

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.

Capitoline Museums

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.

02 Accommodation

Hotel Mariano
A 3 star traditional hotel, with a good standard of rooms.

Hotel Luciani
This is a very high standard 2 star hotel with modern décor and a high quality of comfort and service.

Hotel Touring
This 2 star accommodation is an ideal choice for groups on a lower budget and offers a very warm welcome to all visitors.

03 Further Information

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around Rome.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

A Study Experiences Tour Manager will meet your group at the airport, transfer with you to your accommodation for check-in and provide a half day's service/guidance. Additional Tour Manager services can be added to your quote depending on your group's requirements.

Group Size

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 30 students. If your group is below 30 we can adjust your quote for you accordingly

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Rome trips are available throughout the year, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays can be prohibitively expensive.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Rome your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Rome ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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