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In The Footsteps of Händel: A New Tour in Rome!


Discover the inspirations that catapulted the creative brilliance of Gregor Händel with this 5-day, 4-night tour of Rome. Visit the historical sites and beauty that Händel experienced while enjoying the tastes and sounds that only Rome can offer. With exclusive experiences, performances, and tours of some of the most beautiful cathedrals, participants will experience the beauty and wonder that inspired Händel.

This tour covers the most important stages of Händel’s experience and inspiration in Rome. The artist began to travel through Italy in 1706 and moved to Rome in January 1707. Rome brought Händel the connections and experiences that solidified his development and influenced his style. It is where he would meet great artists of the time Arcangelo Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti. Tracing influences and the beauty Händel experienced at the time, this tour visits the Piazza del Popolo and its Churches. On the list are the Santa Maria del Popolo and the Chigi Chapel designed by Raphael. Visit the twins, Basilica Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Basilica di Santa Maria in Montesanto, which are important stops in Händel history. According to their website, Händel was commissioned by Cardinal Carol Colonna to compose for the Vespers of the Feast of the Madonna del Carmine performance there in 1707. View masterpieces by Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, Correggio, and Vélazquez at the private collection at Palazzo and Galleria Doria Pamphilj. Visits to Palazzo della Cancelleria and to Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, one of the oldest public churches in Rome, and Castello Ruspoli di Vignanello will truly engage participants in the world that influenced and surrounded Händel.

A private concert at Antico Oratorio dell’Arcicon fraternita dei Bergamaschi is just one of the experiences participants can expect to be delighted by. Adorned with beautiful paintings and murals the Oratorio dei Bergamaschi is a perfect intimate place to experience the music of Händel. Completing the experience is the performance of Giulio Cesare in Egitto at Teatro dell’Opera. Conducted by Baroque repertoire specialist Gianluca Capuano, and features Raffaele Pe in the title role, Carlo Vistoli as Ptolemy, and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen as Sextus. Performing for the first time at the Teatro dell’Opera is Australian soprano Danielle de Niese, playing the part of Cleopatra according to the Teatro’s website. The performance will be filmed and broadcast on RAI, the Italian television channel.

Rounding out this journey will be a planned culinary experience and pre-opera aperitif. Starting October 17 and ending Saturday 21st this journey will satisfy the lovers of Händel’s music with the art and scenes only Rome can offer. To find out more and get personal customization from our expert Travel Design Team contact Cultural Italy.

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Jennie Olson Six
Cultural Italy