Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from La Sapienza University of Rome. Although her specialty is painting and decorative arts, she has a broad knowledge of the history of Rome and a personal passion for ancient history, which she shares on many antiquity-themed itineraries. Cecilia has worked actively in the past as a lecturer, teacher, and curator of exhibitions. She had been a staff member of the didactive service of the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Doria Pamphilj and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. In collaboration with the Centro Di Studi Sulla Cultura E L'Immagine Di Roma, Cecilia has contributed to projects focusing on Roman Renaissance palaces, including Palazzo Fani, Palazzo Patrizi and Palazzo Costaguti.
- Spend a day exploring some of the finest but best kept secrets of Roman art and history. Beginning at the Church of San Clemente, we will get a glimpse into the mysterious cult of Mithras in its subterranean temple. Progressing above ground we’ll move through the early Christian era and the development of medieval art with the frescoes and mosaics of the Chapel of St Catherine. Our final stop will be the residence of the richest man of Europe in the 16th century, Agostino Chigi. Tucked away at the glorious Villa Farnesina are frescoes by Raphael and his pupils, offering us the careless and joyful pagan face of the Renaissance.
- The Palazzo Colonna is one of the few Roman mansions still in the hands of its original family. Dating back to the medieval period, the extravagant palace is a living testament of Rome's enduring history. Together with Cecilia, we'll explore the great halls of the palace to learn about masterpieces by Carracci, Veronese, and Brueghel and ascend to the private apartments of Princess Isabelle, a remarkable figure of the 20th century. Normally closed to the public, we will arrange special access for you by private reservation.
- Venture outside of Rome to discover Tuscia. Originally part of the territories under Etruscan influence, we’ll begin our time at the Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo. This 16th-century park was conceived as an allegorical trip through life and offers all kinds of visual surprises such as gigantic stone monsters, mythological creatures, and leaning, fairytale houses. After a satisfying local lunch, our next stop will be the charming medieval village of Caprarola. Here we’ll find the 16th-century residence of the Farnese family entirely swathed in precious Renaissance frescoes and sweeping spiral staircases. This dreamlike palace sits in the middle of the Farnese family’s original feudal property and despite its stunning beauty remains almost unknown.
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