October City Breaks – Rome
Fri Sep 2014
Those who have been to Rome during the summer know how the intense heat can make you feel exhausted. Imagine queuing for hours in front of the Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica under the burning sun and you suddenly start missing the British rain. But there is no reason to stay in the UK if you can visit Rome in October.
The hot days being finally over, you will enjoy the mild weather that central Italy offers during this time of the year. No need to wear tons of SPF or hiding under big hats: October is just perfect for sightseeing! You will also benefit from shorter queues, since there will be less tourists around. That means that you will have more time for shopping, enjoying a gelato or having a coffee in a bar. Not bad, right? Also, you can expect the price of your holiday to be lower. Reinvest the money you save on indulgent treats of your choice in the Eternal City!
What to do
Don’t miss the retrospective on Henri Cartier Bresson at the Ara Pacis Museum, organised in collaboration with the Pompidou Centre in Paris. This exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of Cartier Bresson’s death. The curator Clément Chéroux has done a long and extensive research in Cartier Bresson’s archives, selecting more than 500 photographs, drawings and other documents. This outstanding exhibition exhaustively covers the entire career of one of the world’s most famous and influential photographers.
From 26/09/2014 Ara Pacis Museum Tue-Sun 9.00 am - 07.00 pm
Tickets: Exhibition only – Adults € 11 Concessions € 9
Exhibition + Ara Pacis Museum – Adults € 17 Concessions € 13
The Scuderie del Quirinale host another interesting exhibition, dedicated to Flemish artist Hans Memling. This monographic exhibition will guide you through every aspect of the artist’s production, from his well-known portraits to his triptychs and altarpieces. The curator Till-Holger Borchert emphasised the aspect of patronage in Memling’s career and this approach helps to highlight the links between the artist and Italy. In fact, Memling managed to become a favourite of the Italian aristocracy and his fortune flourished thanks to the commissions of his wealthy Italian clients. Some important loans from leading museums will be on this display, but the pièce de résistence of this exhibition is the triptych of the Last Judgement. Originally commissioned by a Florentine banker and his wife, this work of art was shipped, but never reached the Italian shores. It was taken to Gdansk (Danzig), by some pirates and it remains in this city to the present day, as part of the collection of the local National Museum. This means that the Last Judgement will eventually arrive to Italy for the first time after approximately 600 years especially for this exhibition! Don’t lose the opportunity to witness this special event!
From 10/10/2014 Scuderie del Quirinale Sun-Thu 10.00 am – 20.00 pm Tickets: Adults € 12.00 Concessions € 9.50 7-18 years of age € 6 Children under 7 free admission
If you decide to fly to Rome for a city break, we recommend you stay at Hotel Victoria, an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Rome, only moments away from Via Veneto. Managed by a Swiss family with 200 years of experience in the business, this hotel also displays a remarkable collection of art. The rooftop terrace with bar and restaurant is the perfect location for a breathtaking al fresco dining experience. Contact our specialist consultants for more information and bookings at 01483 79 11 00.