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Nudity and Controversy in the Sistine Chapel

Nudity and Controversy in the Sistine Chapel

Nudity, demons, and Hell in art have been a topic of debate. With great art comes great risk. The Sistine Chapel has had artistic masterpieces of controversy for centuries

7th Apr 2016

House of Augustus - Rome Tours

The House of Augustus and the House of Livia

Learn about the home ruins of Octavian, known as Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome, and Livia, mother of Tiberius, who become the next emperor of Rome.

17th Mar 2016

Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums - Vatican Tours

5 highlights of the Pinacoteca in the Vatican Museums

The Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums is home to an astonishing collection of painting with artworks of Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Perugino, Fra' Angelico and ohter great artists.

10th Mar 2016

Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome

Privilege and punishment: the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome

Devoting your life as a Vestal Virgin to the State and retaining your chastity was an honour, awarded with great privileges, but one mistake could lead to being buried alive.

9th Feb 2016

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower - Florence

Savonarola in Florence: visions of the apocalypse

Steps from the Fountain of Neptune is a plaque, marking the spot where three friars were hanged and burned in 1498. It’s difficult to imagine the piazza was once a scene of horror ...

5th Feb 2016

The Domus Aurea: Nero's pleasure palace in Rome

The Domus Aurea: Nero's pleasure palace in Rome

Nero's Golden House: read about the story of its Palace of endless beauty and complexity, its rediscovery in the 16th century and the current restoration.

22nd Jan 2016

Florence Ponte Vecchio

How to spend your day in Florence

For anyone fascinated by history or enchanted by art, visit Florence. Imagine walking through the streets of a city that was created by geniuses like Michelangelo and Brunelleschi

13th Jan 2016