At Italian Adventures, we offer an extensive range exceptional tour experiences from archaeological tours of italy to Italian art tours. We are pleased to present to you our art history tour of Italy “From Praxiteles to Caravaggio”. Our team has carefully thought up this tour to take you, accompanied by one of our art historians, to the most beautiful places and museums to admire a vast selection of all kinds of art in Rome, Naples, Assisi, Monterchi, Sansepolcro, and in Florence.
During this fabulous art tour of Rome and significant towns and cities, we will take you to and explain Greek and Roman art sculptures mosaics and frescos, Proto-Renaissance art, and various expressions of Renaissance art up to Mannerism and Baroque art. We will bring you not only to see the famous frescoes, paintings and sculptures which have been gathered in famous big museums, but also to locations away from the big cities in central Italy where interesting and famous art can be admired.
There will also be a field day where we will instruct you, aided by a local expert, to make your own small fresco with natural colours as it was done by the Roman anonymous “pictors” or by Giotto, Michelangelo, and other artists. Afterwards, you can take your fresco work with you.
We will also take care of the eno-gastronomic aspect during your stay as we will lunch and dine in carefully selected restaurants and trattorias. Our company has a 10-year of experience as an online dining guide for high-level restaurants in Rome and Italy. Depending on the season we will make sure to let you taste typical Italian or local delicacies throughout this curated art history tour of Italy
Meet your tour guide
Your tour guide : Dr. Flaminia Franco
Flaminia, as a true Roman, embodies the rich history and cultural legacy of her captivating city. Her name, derived from the title of “Flamen,” echoes the role of priests in the ancient Roman religion. Armed with a passion for art history, Flaminia pursued academic excellence, earning a distinguished degree in art history. complemented by a transformative 3-month internship at the esteemed Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Since 2012, Flaminia has blended her profound knowledge and genuine enthusiasm as a licensed tour guide, specializing in the treasures of Rome and the Vatican. Her tours are immersive journeys through time, art, and culture, curated by a guide who wears her Roman heritage with pride.
Embark on an adventure with Flaminia, where her love for art, coupled with a deep connection to her Roman roots, transforms every tour into an unforgettable exploration of culture, heritage, and the timeless allure of the Eternal City.
Start & end Location
Rome International airport Leonardo da Vinci
Upon your arrival in Rome
You will picked up by us at the airport
8 days – 7 nights
Easy, short walks
- 7 Nights of 4-star hotel accommodation
- All dinners and lunches
- An art historian as your tour guide
- All entrance fees
- All transportation during the tour
Upon your arrival at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport or at the Termini train station, our staff will be waiting for you to bring you to the hotel. After checking in, we will welcome you to Rome and explain to you some ins and outs about the hotel, the area of Rome where the hotel is located and some other things regarding logistics and safety in Rome and in Italy. It will also be a moment to meet our guides and the other persons on this tour. Further, we will explain to you how your week with us will evolve. After this short welcome we are off to see byzantine mosaics and have an aperitif in front of the Pantheon. Dinner is planned in a nearby restaurant that has a very interesting wine cellar with ruins that date back to the time of Marcus Agrippa.
After a good rest and a good breakfast, transport will be ready outside the hotel to take us to the old Appian Road where our tour of today starts. Our first stop will be at a small private Roman catacomb with interesting frescos to continue with a visit to the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian where we can admire Roman Pagan art, early Christian art, and surprisingly also baroque art. After these visits we will have lunch on the old Appian Road and sometime to relax. After relaxation, we will move to a place where our Roman Pictor will be ready for you to give hands on lessons in making Roman Frescoes. Each one of you can select a subject to paint from available examples and will be assisted to prepare and finish your personal fresco that you can take with you afterwards. In the late afternoon, we will take you back to the hotel for relaxations. Dinner will be in the vicinity of the Hotel.
After breakfast we will travel by minivan or minibus to Naples. Once we arrive in Naples, we will head for the centre to visit the Capella Sansevero with its amazing sculptures where we can admire il Cristo Velato by Giuseppe Sanmartino and Il Disinganno by Francesco Queirolo and other sculptures. From there we will go to the Galleria Umberto I to have a short walk towards piazza del Plebiscito to arrive at the seaside restaurant where we will have lunch. After lunch we will make an extensive visit to the Archaeological Museum of Naples or as, it was formerly called, the Real Museo Borbonico since it was Carlo VII, the Bourbon King of Naples who in 1748 took an interest in Pompeii and had excavations started which initially produced the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum and many artefacts. At the museum we will see Roman and Greek art and other interesting finds from Pompei and if you wish, you can also visit the secret cabinet (Gabinetto Segreto) which holds the collection of erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum. After the museum we will return to Rome, dinner will be close to our hotel.
In the morning we will visit the Vatican Museum with its amazing omnipresent art on ceilings, walls and displayed masterpieces. We will view the archaeological collection to admire Greek & Roman art and the sections with paintings and frescos from Giotto, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and many others. After the museum we will visit the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters Basilica. After Saint Peters we will leave the Vatican to have lunch near Piazza Navona. After lunch we will visit Villa Borghese to see more art from Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Agnolo Bronzino, Antonio Canova, Caravaggio, Raffaello, Perugino, Lorenzo Lotto, Antonello da Messina, Cranach, Annibale Carracci, Pieter Paul Rubens, Bellini and Tiziano. After a break and an aperitif, we will pay a short visit to the church of San Luigi dei Francesi to admire three masterpieces by Caravaggio; from there it is a very short walk to enter and appreciate the Pantheon with the tomb of Raffaello. Afterwards, our transport will take us to the hotel for some relaxation; dinner at the hotel.
Today we will check out of our hotel and travel north towards Umbria and Tuscany. Our first target is the town of Assisi where around the year 1200 Saint Francis founded his order and where he started the construction of his church, now the Basilica of Saint Francis. In the Basilica we will see works of Proto-Renaissance painters like Cimabue, Giotto and others. After our tour in the Basilica, we will visit the beautiful town of Assisi and have lunch. From Assisi we will travel to a small hamlet in Tuscany to make a meaningful stopover in our trip to Sansepolcro to admire one of the most enigmatic frescos of the renaissance: La Madonna del Parto by Piero Della Francesca. It is located in a small museum in Monterchi, birthplace of the mother of the artist. Once in Sansepolcro, there will be time to rest and relax. Dinner in a restaurant nearby our hotel.
Today’s visits will be in the sign of Piero della Francesca, first in Sansepolcro where Piero was born and later in the day in Arezzo to admire more works by him in the Basilica di San Francesco. There will be some time to see the city before commencing the visit at 10.00 hrs of the Museo Civico di Sansepolcro that houses frescos and paintings by Piero della Francesca. From Sansepolcro we will travel to Arezzo to have lunch at the main square of the town and subsequently visit the church of Santa Maria della Pieve and the Basilica di San Francesco where we will see the famous fresco La legenda della Vera Croce. After visiting we will resume our journey towards Florence. After checking in at the hotel there will be time to explore the city or to rest and relax. Dinner in the centre of Florence.
Today we will explore Florence on foot starting with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery which was commissioned in 1560 by Cosimo I de’ Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany to house the administrative and legal offices of Florence. His predecessor Francesco I de’ Medici 1574 to 1587, was responsible for creating the first art collection on the second floor of the building. The Gallery is famous for its outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period). The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters (mainly German, Dutch and Flemish). Moreover, the Gallery boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorns the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures.
After the Uffizi Gallery we will have lunch followed by a visit to the basilica of Santa Maria Novella followed by a visit to the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore both interesting architectural works of art with interesting artworks by various artists. After these visits we will return to the hotel to rest or you can use this time before dinner to explore Florence on your own. Farewell dinner close to the hotel.
After breakfast, we will leave the hotel to return to Rome. On the way to Siena we will stop at the interesting town of Monteriggioni for a quick visit. From there we travel on to see Siena and have lunch. After lunch we will continue our trip back to Rome. Once there, we can leave you at any place you desire, airport, train station or, if you have decided to stay longer, at your new hotel.
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Frequently asked questions
- Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
- Minivan or minibus travel throughout the tour
- Accommodation in 4-star hotels in Rome, San Sepolcro and Florence
- A field day – create your own fresco
- All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
- An expert art historian as guide
- All entrance fees and tips
All Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners are included, further during a 10-year period our company worked with success as an online dining guide for medium high- and top-level restaurants in Rome and Italy. From our guide we have selected excellent restaurants we will visit to have lunch or dinner during our tour. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements at least 30 days in advance of your trip.
Your safety is our biggest concern. Our tours have been carefully selected to be pleasant and never dangerous. All our guides have been trained to live by the “Safety First” rule while guiding. On each hike there will be at least one guide who has had First-Aid training.
We do not provide Insurance. Adequate business travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us. You must be satisfied that your business travel or other appropriate insurance fully covers all your requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.
There will be a minimum of six to a maximum of twelve participants on each tour, plus our guides. On our tours you will meet people from various parts of the world and therefore with different backgrounds, most will be in the 40-75 age range. The persons that book our tours are curious and probably well-read who want to explore history, archaeology, and the delicious food of Italy.
Our guides are all English-speaking professionals with years of experience in guiding groups to and through the areas where we will be going, and they all love to share their knowledge and experience with you.
To see the sites and in the museums in all the cities (Rome, Naples, Assisi, San Sepolcro, Arezzo and Florence) we visit we will have to do short walks of maximum 5 km.
In Italy the shops are open until 19.30 / 20.00 hrs and often we will be at our hotel in Rome by 6 pm to give you some time to shop or to relax. When we return to our hotel by van, we can bring you to an area with shops or to a mall when they are not too far from our route.
We recommend a good pair of walking shoes, a small backpack and a hat or a cap for the sun and a rain jacket just in case. If you join us on a trip in spring or autumn pack raingear and a fleece to keep warm. We advise people who wear spectacles to bring a spare pair just in case.
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