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A fascinating voyage into the secret symbolism of art and science from one of the most contradictory periods in the history of Rome, inspired by Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" bestseller.
Unravel the Intrigues of Powerful Popes and Aristocrats through the Eyes of Robert Langdon
This Rome private tour takes its inspiration from Dan Brown's ‘Angels and Demons', and builds upon the fascinating themes that he explores. We will visit the main sites encountered in the book as well as the most famous monuments by the greatest artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Exciting stories and intrigues will lead us to many off-the-beaten-path sites as well as the most famous piazzas and fountains in Rome.
Discover some of Rome's greatest artistic masterpieces
Dan Brown's story gives us an exciting framework within which we can explore the dynamics of the greatest artists and their main patrons, amongst them the most infamous popes of all time, whilst the threat of the inquisition loomed over those in pursuit of original artistic and scientific achievements. Although they were earning their bread and butter from the Popes, the famous artists of the Renaissance and Baroque took their early inspiration from the exciting pagan sculptures, paintings and architecture that were being rediscovered all over Rome. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini were all given free access to the massive collections of the Popes to help them develop their ideals of artistic beauty, taking these pagan antiquities as inspiration.
Censorship and Innovation in Renaissance and Baroque Rome
Galileo's studies were also indebted to ancient Greek and Roman analysis of the stars and universe, as well as to the controversial studies of Copernicus. Some Popes supported the use of these ancient influences that directly contributed to the Renaissance, or ‘rebirth,' of mathematical, artistic, architectural and scientific inquiry, but knowledge was a dangerous tool that had to be strictly controlled by the elites. New discoveries were carefully probed and kept under the watchful eyes of the Vatican Council for Religious Propaganda, and any ideas that were deemed to be against Church Doctrine were quickly condemned. Over the centuries countless people were tortured, hung or burned at the stake merely because their inquiries into the mysteries of the world went against church dogma - a dogma that had nothing to do with the ideas of Jesus Christ and the founding of Christianity.
Explore the Contradictory World of Papal Patronage and Uncover the Scandals of the Past
The mysteries we will seek to uncover and the questions we will answer on this Rome private tour are many. Why did Galileo spend the last twenty years of his life under house arrest for his scientific studies which proved that the earth was a satellite of the sun and not the center of the universe? Why were Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel declared by important members of the pope's council to be indecent and in need of censoring or even destruction? Why was Raphael permitted to work on pagan themes revolving around the gods and goddesses of ancient mythology – often scandalous in nature - but only in the most private chambers of the popes and cardinals? Why were Caravaggio's controversial paintings frequently removed from the churches for which they were intended on grounds of decorum, only to be quickly purchased for the private collections of cardinals and the wealthiest men of Rome?
These fascinating questions and many more will occupy us on this day long exploration of the Eternal City. Join us on this unique Rome private tour as we follow in the footsteps of Robert Langdon and uncover the mysteries and controversies that have animated Rome for the last 500 years. As we unravel the facts from Dan Brown's fiction, you might discover that the truth is the most compelling narrative of all.
For a complete visit in Rome we suggest our Private Colosseum Tour & Ancient Rome: VIP Experience and our Private Vatican Tour: VIP Experience.