Delve into Roman History among treasures of it's past in the oldest public museum in the world.
The Capitoline Museums, the oldest public museums in the world, provide a unique opportunity to trace the entire history of Rome through eclectic art collections and artifacts, covering Roman and Italian treasures ranging from antique bronzes and marble busts to Renaissance paintings and frescoes. Explore this fascinating story in the company of an art historian, classicist, or archaeologist on our Capitoline Museums Tour (also known as the Musei Capitolini). The physical structure of the museums are a museum within themselves, most notably, within its setting in the Michelangelo-designed Piazza Campidoglio.
This year, the Capitoline Museums will host an amazing exhibition of marble statuary from the collection of the Torlonia family, entitled "The Torlonia Marbles: Collecting Masterpieces" which comprises 96 busts, reliefs, statues and sarcophagi from the noble family's private collection, never before displayed together. With funding for restoration from Bulgari and an exhibition space designed by David Chipperfield Architects, this is a blockbuster show for archaeology aficionados. The show will explore the art of collecting and how this group of works was assembled over time by the Torlonia descendants.
Capitoline Museums Tour
Tom came to Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1991 after completing his architectural studies at Harvard. Tom was the founder of Scala Reale, an association of scholars leading small-group study walks that was acquired by Context in 2004. Currently Tom is dedicating himself to the fields of cultural and environmental sustainability, architecture and design through his teaching and his design firm TRA_20. He is the author of the book Rome Works: An Architect Explores the World’s Most Resilient City, and the editor of the Still Sustainable City blog sustainablerome.net which was chosen by Guardian Cities as Italy's best city blog.
Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from the 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 Pamphili and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. As a licensed guide for Rome and Florence and with a specialized teaching degree, she has more than 20 years of experience in leading highly-qualified tours.
Sara is an art historian with doctoral degrees in Medieval and Modern Art History and Classical Antiquities. She is the author of a book, published by the Accademia dei Lincei, on the antiquities collection of Pope Julius II and has written various articles in important scholarly journals on the history of Renaissance and Baroque collections. More recently, she had published a book on some of the most famous paintings of Caravaggio in Rome which introduces a new interpretation of the works, based on philological data, and which is changing the way we look at this artist. For many years, she has combined her philological research with her work as a university instructor, museum educator and professional tourist guide.
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