It's difficult to imagine men more passionate than those that coined the artistic vocabulary of this city, and difficult to conceive of lives more obstinate and adventurous, nights more bold and loves more libertine. These treasures of audacity and rebellion have often been obscured in their treatment in the course of "moral" history. There is an assortment of transgressions in history that could easily be made to seem boring and morally rigid by any mediocre guide unable to grasp the amount of inner freedom and depth of the human existence that characterized the lives of many of the great artists, those whose works are nestled in the open-air archive of wonders in our cities today.
We here at Through Eternity believe in culture and the living power that society permeates only when it is spread and shared. For this reason we offer all students with a valid ID a discount of at least 30% off all of our group tours: in-depth and captivating visits at advantageous prices.
For specific requests for groups of students, too, or exclusively created itineraries for a university trip or private trip, you'll receive a discount of 30%-40% off our normal prices.
We guarantee, in every case, a specially designed itinerary focused for the passions of the great artists of the past.
All of our guides have university backgrounds in art history, history, or archaeology. They have been selected not only for their deep knowledge, but also for their authentic love for our cities and for the treasures and secrets that they hold. They possess an innate ability to communicate, and love to infect others with the same enthusiasm that these places inspire in them. Our goal is to explore the political and artistic history of our cities, retracing the urgency of passion present in creations of the past's great artists, the fury of knowledge and discovery of mankind that have shocked nerves and welded hearts throughout history. This goal was also the goal of these great artists.
It's no coincidence that their artwork unleashed scandals and unending discussions. The Universal Judgment of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, crowded with massive bodies either awakened to eternal life or damned forever by the sounds of the angels' trumpets, was deemed by many cardinals to be inappropriate decoration for the private chapel of the pope. It was the same for Caravaggio's scandalous Madonna of the Pilgrims at its first appearance at the Basilica of Sant'Agostino, because of too-prominent breast and its pilgrim's feet that were too poor and dirty. Further scandal was inspired by the insolent choice of a famous prostitute, the painter's lover Lena, as the model for the figure of the Madonna.
No less exciting is the adventure of discovery that our cities offer to whoever knows how to place the crucial events of history in the neighborhoods where they transpired, the institutions, the urban layout, the daily course of our own lives and even the exchange of greetings, gestures, and emotions in social and private relations. We follow the path of Julius Caesar through the center of Rome from the Domus Publica where he stayed as Pontifex Maximus to the Curia (senate) attached to the theater of Pompey, rediscovering through the surviving streets a sampling of encounters of Roman citizens in the tumultuous life of the late Republic. This is the best way to cross the barriers of time and enter into the social and political dynamics that led to the collapse of the Republic, discovering how the riches, culture, and principles of the Romans were greatly changed after the conquests of Greece and the Orient.
Retracing the involvement of all of Florence that, with proud David's emergence from marble, broke out while Michelangelo was carrying out his secret work, up until the foundation of a special commission of eminent artists of the time (people like Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci) and to the final installation, by their decree, of the David in Piazza della Signoria instead of its originally intended location in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, is our way to recount the soul of the Renaissance, whose fury of ideas that animated Italian cities and took divine form under the fiery chisels and ardent paintbrushes of the geniuses of the time.
Our tours offer visiting students and those studying in our cities a wonderful opportunity to learn about their art, history and culture. Whether expanding your knowledge of Latin or ancient history through explorations of the Republican institutions of Rome or of the Florentine Republic, or appreciating the evolution of art and architecture in the many museums, churches, and piazzas of the Medieval, Renaissance or Italian Baroque, our tours allow students an in-depth and unique way to broaden their knowledge and pique their curiosity for further studies.