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Join the Promotional Free Tour of the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel – Oct 17th at 4:00 PM EST (New York Time – 9:00 PM London Time – 22:00 CET Rome Time) PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ADJUST TIME ACCORDING TO YOUR TIMEZONE
Then Every SUNDAY Thereafter for 4 weeks at the same time (3:00 PM New York Time – 8:00 PM London Time).
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Oct 11th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Oct 13th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Leonardo da Vinci, the Genius
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.
Oct 17th 4 PM EST TIME – 10 PM Rome TIME
The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel
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Oct 18th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Oct 20th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
The Secrets of the Vatican
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!
Oct 25th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Oct 27th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
The Colosseum and the Life of the Gladiators
More than the Roman Forum or the Roman Baths, the Colosseum, and every other Amphitheatre, is now a symbol of the Roman Civilization: and image at the same time of construction and engineering perfection and of brutality and cruelty. This talk will also give us the chance to learn how the Gladiators lived and what was their life like and what was their way of thinking and their social status, besides the ‘legendary’ images created by Hollywood.
Nov 1st 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Nov 3rd 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Caravaggio: The Anabasis of the Soul
Caravaggio, admired and loved by his contemporaries, was almost ignored for centuries to be rediscovered as one of the greatest masters only in the XX century. He had a violent life and was on the run for the last years of his short life, we will follow his travels to show how fast his style and art was changing as he rushed towards the inevitable end of a violent but extremely productive life.
Nov 8th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Nov 10th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Saint Peters Basilica, Emperor Constantine and the Origins of Christianity
Saint Peters Basilica in the Vatican is the world’s largest Church and a stark image of the Catholic Roma Church: Baroque splendour, pompous ceremonies, large crowds. But all these grandeur had humble origins: the Tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle originally believed to be a simple earthly burial, later transformed in a red shrine and eventually buried under the large Basilica build by Emperor Constantine, who sought in the new religion a fresh start for a national belief that could unite once more the Romans under a new faith, at a time when nobody believed and worshipped the old gods anymore.
Nov 15th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
The Secrets of the Pantheon – FREE TOUR
The Pantheon, the Temple dedicated to all the Gods, is one of many buildings that were built under Emperor Augustus to mark the beginning of a new era, and since then it has become a milestone of architecture and political and religious propaganda. It is if fact the Mother of all Domes, and we will explore its rich history, ceremonies, hidden rooms, and parts, including unique images of its inside, and will explore its importance thought the centuries form Brunelleschi to Jefferson, from Alberti to Bernini.
Nov 17th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Nov 22nd 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Pompeii: the buried lives
When the Vesuvius Volcano erupted many citizens of Pompeii tried to escape, but others seek refuge in their building and remained trapped with their belongings for centuries. Today over two-thirds of the city have been excavated and the bodies of those Pompeiians have been found, telling us their story, together with their houses, their temples, their thermal baths and thousand of objects, artifacts, statues, frescoes, mosaics. We will explore Pompeii in a narrative way bring back to life the Pompeiians and their stories up to their tragic end.
Nov 24th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Nov 29nd 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
The Rooms of Raphael in the Vatican
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.
Dec 1st 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Dec 6th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Bernini vs Borromini, the rivalry that shaped Rome
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 became 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.
Dec 8th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Dec 13th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Botticelli and the Origins of the Renaissance in Florence
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.
Dec 20th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
The Royal Palace of Caserta – FREE VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR
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 definitely 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.
Jan 3rd 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Jan 5th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Masterpieces from The Uffizi Gallery
Originally built as the Offices for the City of Florence, the Uffizi Galleries host today the most important collection of Renaissance art in the world. From Piero Della Francesca to Filippo Lippi, from Botticelli to Perugino and Ghirlandaio, from Michelangelo to Titian and Leonardo da Vinci, and many others including Caravaggio, the Uffizi Galleries offers a unique collection of Italian art displayed mostly in a chronological order that makes easy to understand and navigate the various styles of Florentine art thought the centuries and how it became the “School of the World”.
Jan 10th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Jan 12th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Michelangelo or the pursuit of Fame
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.
Jan 17th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel
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Jan 19th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Jan 24th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
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 traveler, 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 traveled 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.
Jan 26th 4:30 PM EST TIME – 10:30 PM Rome TIME
Jan 31th 3 PM EST TIME – 9 PM Rome TIME
Raphael The Master of Sublime Beauty
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’ll 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.