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Ancient Horse-Tamers: The Dioscuri on the Quirinal Hill

Standing in pride of place at the height of Rome's Quirinal Hill are a pair of massive ancient horse-tamers. But what are they doing there? Find out why Castor and Pollux are amongst Rome's most famous statues!

Wed 23 Jun 2021

Art The Mausoleum of Santa Costanza: Ancient Mosaics between Pagan and Christian Rome

The Mausoleum of Santa Costanza: Ancient Mosaics between Pagan and Christian Rome

One of the finest examples of early Christian art and architecture in Rome, the stunning 4th-century mausoleum of Santa Costanza offers a vivid insight into the Eternal City’s gradual transition from pagan antiquity to Christian capital. Discover why Santa Costanza is one of our favourite churches in Rome!

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Art Renaissance Stirrings in Medieval Rome: Pietro Cavallini’s Mosaics in Santa Maria in Trastevere

Renaissance Stirrings in Medieval Rome: Pietro Cavallini’s Mosaics in Santa Maria in Trastevere

Learn all about the extraordinary mosaics created by proto-Renaissance master Pietro Cavallini for the apse of Rome's Santa Maria in Trastevere, and discover why Trastevere is one neighbourhood you need to visit.

Thu 03 Jun 2021

The Best Vatican Tours

The small state of the Vatican has an almost timeless history. The burial place of St Peter, beneath the altar of the Basilica, is the centre of centuries of power and spirituality. The technical innovations of the 16th century, combined with the influence of ancient art, led to a revolution in religious art: the Renaissance. Popes curated collections of Greek and Roman artworks, and commissioned Raphael and Michelangelo to decorate their churches and private residences. Our Vatican tours offer first-hand experience of unique masterpieces, revealing the creativity of artists who left us with their sublime artworks - evidence of their genius, and proof of their passions.

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