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Columbus in the Hall of Maps

Hidden Secrets of the Vatican Museums: Christopher Columbus Hitches a Ride in the Hall of Maps

Discover the history of Columbus heading to the new world as depicted in the Hall of Maps in the Vatican Museums, on the way to the Sistine Chapel.

19th Jun 2018

The penitent Magdalene of Donatello in Florence

Donatello’s Penitent Magdalene: A ‘Hag of Articulate Wood’ in Renaissance Florence

Get the full story behind Donatello’s magnificent wooden sculpture of Mary Magdalene in Florence, an unmissable Renaissance masterpiece that vividly showcases the extremes of ...

18th Jun 2018

The Laocoon of the Vatican Museums

Hidden Secrets of the Vatican Museums: Laocoön’s Primal Scream

Get a glimpse into one of the most dramatic and famous moments of Greek mythology through the painful scream of Laocoön and his sons, strangled by a serpent.

14th May 2018

Augustus Caesar Octavian: What’s in a Name for Rome’s First Emperor?

Augustus Caesar Octavian: What’s in a Name for Rome’s First Emperor?

Retrace the sensational life of Octavius Augustus in his conquering of the Republican institutions until he obtained absolute power as Rome's first emperor.

7th May 2018

The Catacombs of Domitilla: Rome’s Eerie Underground Land of the Dead

The Catacombs of Domitilla: Rome’s Eerie Underground Land of the Dead

The Catacombs of Domitilla conserve the secrets of the earliest Christians dating back to the 2nd century AD, as well as the fascinating history of their rediscovery more than 400 ...

3rd May 2018