In the footsteps of Caravaggio, the painter more rebellious and revolutionary of the seventeenth century

Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, had a turbulent and adventurous life. He was a famous painter on the international scene in the late 1500s and the first decade of the ‘600. In Milan, where he did his apprenticeship, in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is exposed the famous “Basket of Fruit” and in the Pinacoteca di Brera the “Supper in Emmaus”. He went to Rome when he was very young, in Rome he made the painting “Buonaventura”, located in the Capitoline Museums; “The Rest on the escape to Egypt”, the “Bacchus”, the “Sick Bacchus”,” the “Madonna del Serpe”, “David with the Head of Golia” are in the Galleria Borghese. In the Roman church of St. Louis of France you admire the “Vocation and the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew” and in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo you can see the “Conversion of St. Paul”. For the stormy vicissitudes of his life he was forced to leave Rome to repair to Naples where his artistic genius did and left the “seven works of mercy” for the Pio Monte della Misericordia and the “Flagellation” in the church of San Domenico Maggiore. In Naples, you can also visit other Baroque works as the Royal Palace, the Certosa di San Martino and the Palace of Donna Anna in Posillipo. In Messina, the next stage, we marvel at the beauty of the “Adoration of the Shepherds” and the “Resurrection of Lazarus”, now in the Museo Regionale. In Syracuse, the final destination of the trip, in the church of Saint Lucia is the “Burial of the Holy”.
Caravaggio ushered in a new era in the arts, performing a real pictorial revolution through his Naturalism and the representation of the aspects of daily life. His art was so decisive as to create a current of painters called ‘Caravaggeschi’.
Ability to customize the trip by visiting other Sicilian cities or travel to the numerous sicilian islands.

Basic program (13 days – 12 nights)
The day: Milan
II day: Milan – Rome
III Day: Rome
IV Day: Rome
V Day: Rome
VI Day: Rome – Naples
VII Day: Naples
VIII Day: Naples
IX Day: Naples – Messina
X Day: Messina
XI Day: Messina – Syracuse
Twelfth day: Syracuse
Thirteenth day: Syracuse – end of tour possibilities to continue the trip to the islands of Sicily.

In Baroque Rome for a walk among the works of Bernini and Borromini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the greatest sculptor and architect of the seventeenth century. Mainly active in Rome, employed by Pope Urban VIII , Bernini created the masterpieces of world-renowned as Apollo and Daphne and David. In the Basilica of St. Peter Bernini created the imposing colonnade outside and built the “canopy of St. Peter”, the “Tomb of Urban VIII” and the Chair. Works of the great master are also the churches of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale and the statue of the “Blessed Ludovica Albertoni” in San Francesco a Ripa. In the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, the viewer remains silent in the face of touching “Ecstasy of St. Teresa of Avila”. Very active in civil, Bernini built staircases, grand palaces and fountains like the famous “Barcaccia” in Piazza di Spagna, the “Triton Fountain” in Piazza Barberini and the “Fountain of the Four Rivers” in Piazza Navona. Bernini was the protagonist of the Baroque along 1600.
Contemporary of Bernini, was Francesco Borromini, sculptor and architect, active in Rome on behalf of the Church. In the Capital, you can admire the church of “San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane”, the “Oratory of the Philippines”, the church of “S. Ivo alla Sapienza” and that of “St. Agnes” in Piazza Navona. During the tour you will also visit churches, palaces and Baroque monuments such as St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and the Spanish Steps. Ability to customize the trip hiking to the Castelli Romani, at the beach or at the spa.

Basic program (7 days – 6 nights)
Ability to customize the trip to the Castelli Romani, at the beach or at the spa.

From Turin to Palermo to the discovery of Baroque in Italy

In the seventeenth century Turin went through a deep urban renewal that saw the construction of important buildings which reinterpreted the sumptuous Roman Baroque. To be visited: the Royal Palace, the Valentino Castle, the church of San Lorenzo, the “Chapel of the Holy Shroud”, Palazzo Carignano and Palazzo Madama. Finally the wonderful Stupinigi Hunting Palace built by the great architect Juvarra. From Turin you come to Rome to admire St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and the Spanish Steps. The journey continues to Caserta to visit the magnificent Royal Palace, UNESCO, designed by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli. The Royal Palace preserves in the interior furnishings style Baroque and Rococo while the façade anticipates Neoclassicism. From Caserta in twenty minutes we go to Naples where the visitor can see numerous monuments including the austere Royal Palace and the Certosa di San Martino. From the grandeur of the Roman Baroque in Turin, Naples and Caserta to the local culture and artistic influences. In this sense, a further example of originality is the Lecce Baroque with wonderful churches of Santa Chiara, the Rosary, the Pietà, Santa Croce, the Duomo and the Campanile. From the attractive town of Salento you arrive in Sicily, in Palermo. We visit the church of Sant’Agata, Santa Teresa at Kalsa, the church of the Pietà and around the city you can admire many baroque palaces. The tour ends in the Sicilian capital but there is the possibility of a number of tours in Sicily, in Salento or Sicilian islands.

Basic program (16 days – 15 nights)
The day: Turin
II Day: Turin
III day: Torino – Roma
IV Day: Rome
V Day: Rome
VI Day: Rome – Caserta
VII Day: Caserta
VIII Day: Caserta – Napoli
IX Day: Naples
X Day: Naples
XI Day: Naples – Lecce
Twelfth day: Lecce
Thirteenth day: Lecce – Villa San Giovanni (RC)
Fourteenth day: Villa San Giovanni (RC) – Palermo
XV day: Palermo
Sixteenth day: Palermo – end of the tour or the possibility of numerous excursions.

Triangle of Baroque between Milan, Genoa and Venice

The Baroque in Milan, the first stop of the trip, had its highest expression in the Church of St. Joseph, in the Palazzo di Brera, in the College Helvetic and Palaces Annoni and Durini, all works created by the architect Francesco Maria Richini. In the capital of Finance, after the visits, there is plenty of time to shop in the Fashion triangle, go to the Expo and enjoy other aspects of the city. We continue to Genoa,which, in the sixteenth century, got a significant urban development. The city saw progressively renew its appearance with the construction of new roads, including the current Via Balbi with the eponymous palace and other mansions as Durazzo Pallavicini, Semarega, “Raggio” and the University Palace. Finally Venice, the last stop of the tour. Venice offers visitors the beautiful churches of Health, Scalzi, San Moise, San Lazzaro to Beggars, Santa Maria del Giglio and Ospedaletto. Still important buildings such as the School of the Carmini, the Hall of the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore and the civil buildings Ca ‘Pesaro and Ca’ Rezzonico complete your visit to the wonderful capital of Veneto. Possibility of extending the tour with trips to the beach, the spa, the lakes and mountains.

Basic program (7 days – 6 nights)
The day: Milan
The day Milan
III day: Milan – Genoa
IV Day: Genoa
V day: Genoa – Venice
VI Day: Venice
Seventh day: Venice