Day Three: Renaissance, Baroque and Modern Rome. No line at the Vatican Museums!
This day cannot start anywhere else then the Vatican Museum: the 14 century sees the beginning of the real power of the Popes that, little by little, became sort of Kings. Here, in the Vatican Palaces, they collected most of the master-pieces of art that were discovered in Rome and which they used to adorn their private apartments. Starting from the 17 c. some of these apartments were open to the public and became a museum, finally opened with entrance fee etc. in the 19th c. as a way to commemorate the signature of the Latheran Treaty between the Vatican and Mussolini. Later we’ll enjoy a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and talk about the expansion of christianity.
Walking or by public buses we are going to see most of the Palaces, Churches, Squares and Monumental Fountains built by the different Popes and Cardinals to show the other leaders of Rome and of the rest of the world the power achieved by the Papacy and by some of the roman families:Palazzo della Cancelleria, Palazzo Farnese, Piazza Navona.
Chiesa del Gesù, Piazza SS. Apostoli, via del Corso, Trevi Fountain, Spanis Square and the Piazza del popolo.
Upon request I can make the Vatican Museum reservations at no extra charge for my guests. Cost charged by the Vatican for ticket plus reservation (2013) is 20,00 euro per person, guide as well.
Cost of this Tour: flat rate of 150,00 euro for maximum 4 guests. No entrance fees, no meals, no transportation included.
The tour will start at the Vatican Museum and end at the Piazza del popolo. The tour will last approximately 3 to 4 hours.