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Exploring Rome's two great Michelangelos


Michelangelo Bounarroti and Michelangelo Caravaggio are two of Rome's greatest painters.  Separated by a generation of time. But each having profound influences on their own generations and those to follow. We will spend our days exploring these two important painters.


The first day is your arrival day into Rome.  Drivers can be arranged.  We gather for Italian happy hour and celebrate what is all in store. We will continue our evening with dinner at a local Trattoria and getting acquainted.  

Our first full day we will meet up early to visit the Sistine Chapel. We will have reservations for the first group of the day.  Our tour will take us quickly by the Hall of Maps, so that we will be the first visitors to the greatest fresco cycle in Western Art.  This is truly a bucket list experience. Laying on the ground the experience is hightened by the fact that we will have it to ourselves,  except for the guards who will soon kick us off the floor!  After this we will visit other worthy portions of the Vatican, such as the Pinotecca and the rich Roman sculpture galleries.  After lunch at the Hungry Pig, we will make our way to Il Poggio art supply store.  Dinner will be taken at a Roman trattoria.

On our second day  we will explore the many churches in the Pantheon neighborhood.  These include a trove of churches with Michelangelo Caravaggio's paintings.  The works we will visit are among Caravaggio's most important paintings.  The afternoon will be highlighted with a visit to the Villa Borghese.  This is the finest private collection of art work anywhere.  Even more Caravaggio's make this a fitting end to our stay in Rome.  


Packed and ready we will head to the Umbrian countryside for a visit to Orvieto, with its ornate cathedral.  But the real jewel here is Lucca Signorelli's Last Judgment.  One of the great fresco cycles of the Renaissance.  


After our visit, given we have time, we will stop in the nearby countryside to draw.  Afterward, we will make our way to our country hotel near Pienza.

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