Renaissance splendor is everywhere in Rome! Take, for example, the Vatican… The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums is a triumph of Renaissance art. For example, its wall frescoes are early Renaissance artists’ attempts to capture the human form and a sense of perspective. But Michelangelo’s fresco on the Sistine’s ceiling is the Renaissance in full swing! Meanwhile, his Last Judgment reflects the later economic, political, and religious downturn of the Renaissance. Of course, there’s the Pieta’ by Michelangelo in Saint Peter’s Basilica. And his dome! Meanwhile Raphael and his assistants will leave us giggling and amazed at Agostino Chigi’s Villa (the Farnesina). And we’ll find Renaissance splendor outside of Rome too, at the Gardens of Villa d’Este near Tivoli and the Garden of Villa Lante near Viterbo.
You are planning a trip to Rome in June and dread the heat... You are staying for a week or two and want to scratch more than the surface... Or it is your sixth trip to the Eternal City and you're ready for something different... Treat yourself to the Renaissance gardens near Viterbo: Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola and Villa Lante at Bagnaia!