Virtual Guided Tours via Zoom: you can connect in live streaming, interact, and share it with your family. Each Guided Tour is about 60 minutes to an hour of LIVE streaming time, you can ask live questions and make comments!
After registering or purchasing your tour you will receive a voucher with a Zoom link, and a Meeting Id and a Password. You only need to open the link in Google Chrome from your PC or download the free app to watch it from tablet or phone. You may also connect your device to tv to enjoy and share the show with your family.
You only need to buy one ticket per each device connected, not per person, so the whole family can watch from one device!!
Below there is the program of the Open tours, past tours are repeated every few months or you can buy a private session starting at only 10 euros per person HERE
In 1508 Raphael started what was going to be his greatest and longest enterprise: decorating the papal Rooms by creating a painted summary of both Theology and History of the Church. Helped by a team of excellent Artists like Giulio Romano, Francesco Penni, Giovanni da Udine, Perin del Vaga and Many others Raphael used contemporaries like Pope Julius II and Leo X Medici as models for the frescoes, in which he also portraited himself and many other artists. We’ll virtually explore in detail all of the allegories and symbology of the frescoes including some hidden messages and figures, like the daughter of Pope Julius and many other historical and biblical figures.
Rome is uniquely associated with the Baroque Art, from Saint Peters Square to the altar of the Basilica, to the many churches and fountains and other urban baroque elements, there is no corner of Rome untouched by this unique and controversial style. The Beginning of the XVII century saw two young artists contending to become the new star of baroque art and architecture and d much of the roman baroque is in fact a consequence of their cooperation and rivalry: the more classicist and formal Bernini and the more extravagant and inventive Borromini had about 20 years of challenges and achievements to dominate the eternal city as the leading architect.
Florence is known as the crib of renaissance, mostly due to the Patronage of the Medici Family and their wealth so generously invested in art and culture, we will look at the relationship between the artists and the city and the idea of Beauty that especially Botticelli represented in a magnificent way becoming the true icon of Ideal Beauty and Neoplatonism. Power, Money, Philosophy, Religion and Art were uniquely intertwined in Florence XV century to become an epitome of cultural and political development for the centuries to follow.
We will enter the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican using an official 3d photographic model that we will be able to navigate as if we were walking inside in person. We’ll have the Chapel all to ourselves and using a mix of high res pictures and other media we will be able to discover the many secrets kept by the Chapel of the Popes. We will talk about Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Perugino and the other early renaissance Masters who worked in the Chapel before Michelangelo arrival, then we will explore the symbology and the hidden messages int eh frescoes as well as some lesser-known facts and anecdotes! There will be time to interact and to ask questions and then at the end!
Build to rival Versailles the Royal Palace of Caserta is the most beautiful Palace in Europe, originally to rival Versailles, which was its model, it surpassed it in elegance and style. Designed by Luigi Vanvitelli for King Charles the Bourbon of Naples, who later became Carlos III of Spain, leaving his throne to his son Ferdinando, it has over 1200 rooms and had a 2 miles long gardens decorated with fountains adorned by statues inspired by classical mythology.#
For Michelangelo sculpting and painting was not the making of an artwork, but to bring to this world something already existing in the Mind of God. So all his life Michelangelo’s main pursuit was to live up to this call, a mission that he carried out meticulously and fighting against anyone who stood in his way, from the Medici to the Popes. Michelangelo’s life will illuminate lots of its artworks and achievements, especially in the last years when he moved to Rome and also became the architect of the Basilica of Saint Peters.
Leonardo da Vinci is universally recognized as an Absolute Genius, way ahead of his time, and he embodies more than anyone else, the Italian Renaissance: Science, Technology, Study of Nature, Art, Architecture, Engineering, Poetry, Anatomy, Geology, Geography, there is no field of human knowledge that he left unexplored.. Although he always wanted to be acknowledged mostly as a Scientist and an Inventor, in his lifetime he was mainly known and employed as a painter and architect, ad often as a military and infrastructure engineer, in which he excelled. Anyway, he was ambitious, and he sought to publish science and research books all his life, which were never printed in his lifetime nor till much later in the XIX century. This Virtual Experience offers an unusual look at the life story of one of the most gifted men who ever lived, a Great Italian and a truly inspiring figure, often only superficially known, who deserves to be better understood.
Giacomo Casanova: from Venice to Rome
Giacomo Casanova is always associated with the libertine image of the seducer, but he was an extremely cultivated man, a resourceful, experienced traveller, and a great storyteller, skill that he used to get always ahead of his misfortunes. We will follow some key moments of his life, from the humble beginnings to his career as a priest in Rome, which, as you can imagine, didn’t last long and definitely did not end well… because of a girl! He travelled extensively throughout Europe to Paris, London, Germany, Russia, Poland, Spain… collecting hearts and often ending up imprisoned or banished. A great personality with many skills and many facets still to be discovered, like being an excellent writer, he wrote many books including a Sci-Fi novel and many other things that contributed to creating the myth of Casanova
Raphael was the son of the artist Giovanni Santi and was sent to study at the workshop of Pietro Perugino at an early age. Although he died young at the age of 37, he left an amazing number of masterpieces, portraits, large frescoes, and his legacy was inherited by a number of talented artists who had worked with him for a number of years. We will have a closer look at his unique life and artworks, his relationship with women, the popes, and his lesser-known activity as an architect in which he excelled as well.
The Vatican is often synonymous of secrecy, and in fact, there is so much more than meets the eye within its the walls, after a brief overview of the history of the Papal State, and how it came to be the world’s smallest country, we will explore with hires photos and 3d photographic models some of the hidden areas of the Vatican: The Masks Room with the Pope’s secret Chair, The Secret Archive, the Tower of The Winds, the Library, the Niccoline Chapel and other rooms that the common visitor doesn’t even suspect their existence just walking in front of closed doors. Lastly, we will explore the Pauline Chapel, Michelangelo’s unknown masterpiece painted just after the completion of the Sistine Chapel Last Judgement for Pope Paul II Farnese. An incredible opportunity to learn all the behind the scenes of the Vatican City State!
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