Capitoline Hill and Square
S. Pietro in Vincoli
S. Maria sopra Minerva
Michelangelo arrived in Rome during the summer of 1496 at just 21, but he was a precocious young man on a mission. Within a few years, he’d created his finest work, the stunning and emotional Pietà (Italian for pity), a sculpture of Carrara marble depicting a young Mary holding her crucified son across her lap. “It is certainly a miracle that a formless block of stone could ever have been reduced to a perfection that nature is scarcely able to create in the flesh,” wrote the biographer, Vasari.
Discover for yourself how Michelangelo turned stone to flesh during your luxury Do You Explore sojourn around the Eternal City. You’ll be pampered — no more than six people to an air-conditioned vehicle — as our expert English-speaking guide unveils both the well-known treasures and the hidden gems of the Renaissance’s greatest artist.
We will meet near St. Pietro in Vincoli, also called the Church of St. Peter in Chains, where Michelangelo’s rendering of Moses steals the show. That’s just the appetizer on this sumptuous feast. We will stop by Capitoline Hill, where he designed the stunning square. During our visit to the Pantheon, still awe-inspiring after 2,000 years, we will explore his rivalry with Raphael
for the favor of Pope Julius II. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel for him, while Raphael created his famous frescoes in the Vatican’s papal apartments.
At our next stop, we will fall under the spell of the starry ceiling at Santa Maria sopra Minerva and his sculpture of Christ carrying the cross. Our time with the great artist will conclude with the breathtaking Santa Maria degli Angeli, where he created grand, soaring spaces, and with Palazzo Farnese, another example of his enduring talents as an architect.
Because we know once you’ve seen some of Michelangelo’s work you’ll want to see more, we’re offering a discounted price if you book the Early Vatican Tour featuring Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel with this one.
Walk through the Vatican in the morning and then let us chauffeur you from one art treasure to another in the afternoon. Two chances to explore a genius at one great price. Spaces are limited so reserve now.
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