Between 1700 and 1800, Umbria and Lazio witnessed an important page in the history of art. Many artists from northern Europe, France, Germany, England, fascinated by nature, with varied landscapes and inextricably linked to historical and artistic events, created an enormous artistic heritage "en plein air", directly in nature, representing realistically, years before photography, fascinating glimpses of mythical, historical places, but also never previously represented. From the Ternana Valley to the Roman Castles to Rome, a journey in the footsteps of the plenarists to immerse themselves in "scenes that seem to have appeared in a dream".
Pick up in Rome Fiumicino and transfer to Narni, a beautiful village of Roman origin, situated on the Umbrian hills. Meeting with the guide. Vision of the documentary "La Valle Incantata" (40 minutes) which illustrates the history of the artistic movement and the project that enhances its importance. At the end, departure for an urban trekking route: from the historic center of Narni you reach the "Gole del Nera", a splendid naturalistic path that winds along the homonymous river. Stop at the ancient Ponte di Augusto, on the ancient Via Flaminia which, thanks to the imposing Roman structure on the clear waters of the Nera river, has fascinated important artists such as Turner, Corot, Blechen, Bidauld and many others. Here, as in other parts of our itinerary, it will be possible to admire the reproductions of the works, precisely at the precise point where the artist created them. Opportunity to visit the Abbey of San Cassiano, an ancient Benedictine abbey dating back to the 10th century, located on Monte Santa Croce, in a panoramic position on the Gole del Nera.Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 meeting with the tour guide. Departure for Papigno, a small village along the Terni valley, perched on a rock and surrounded by centuries-old woods. The Plenarists were enchanted and dedicated such a number of works to make Papigno one of the most represented villages in the history of the landscape. Continuation to the Marmore Falls, visit of the Virtual Museum and Cinema 6D dedicated to the works of the Plenarists in the territory. Entrance to the Cascata park to admire, from various angles, the majesty of the Velino river in the Nera: a place with a magnetic charm for the artists who created so many "en plein air" works here. In the afternoon transfer to the Piediluco Lake. Boat ride on the lake with photo stops. Guided tour of the village that enchanted Jean-Baptiste Camile Corot. Aperitif on the terrace overlooking the lake, in 1826 realized here the poignant painting "Lago di Piediluco", followed a few years later by "Souvenir d'Italie" Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Meeting with the guide and departure for Civita Castellana. Tour to the places that fascinated the painters: reddish rocks, ravines, ravines, brooks, picturesque trees and the presence of the famous and mythical Monte Soratte which with its unmistakable profile dominates an original landscape on ravines and chasms. Corot realized here about thirty oil studies. Continue to Tivoli, a magical place that thanks to the ruins and natural scenery was a must for artists. Meeting with the guide to visit Villa d'Este, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque, famous for its beautiful gardens, water features and fountains. Visited and represented by many artists such as Corot, Nerly and Edmund it is today a UNESCO heritage site. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide and visit of the suggestive Villa Gregoriana, a natural area of great historical and landscape value situated in the steep valley between the bank of the Aniene and the ancient Roman acropolis. Nature, history and archeology come together in such a seductive way that they become one of the main subjects of Tivoli's pictorial representations.In the afternoon visit of the Hadrian's Villa built by the emperor on an area of about 120 hectares, a plant completely different from the other imperial villas, surrounded by artificial lakes and waterways. Since 1999 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Departure for Olevano Romano, a medieval town perched on rocky ridges, a destination for painters such as the German Ludwig Richter who, in 1825, represented the famous "Serpentara", an oak wood that "seemed to have been created for painters". Visit of the Serpentara and the Civic Art Museum. In the afternoon continue to the Castelli Romani.Arrival in Castel Gandolfo, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, overlooking the volcanic Lake Albano, dominated by Monte Cavo. Visit of the Borgo and boat trip on the lake. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel, meeting with the guide and departure for Nemi, one of the most beautiful villages of the Castles, which offers an incredible panorama that sweeps from the lake to the sea in just one glance. Corot wrote that "He emanated from the lake a golden vapor", it seems to see widespread gold in his beautiful oil sketch. One of the most represented "en plein air" views represents the northern view of the visible lake along the way, from the village, a path halfway up the coast, full of glimpses overlooking the lake, of small springs in the midst of lush nature that reaches Fontan Tempesta. The view is incredible reaching the privileged location of Pontecchio. Possibility of continuing the urban trek back to Nemi (about 3 h, 30) or return for the guided tour of the village.In the afternoon continue to Ariccia, a village often represented. Guided tour of Palazzo Chigi, residence of the nobles that still preserves the furnishings of the past: one of the most famous views of the Villa was represented by Corot. Visit to the church of Corte built by Bernini and continuation to the suggestive Locanda Martorelli, famous meeting place for the artists of the grand tour. Walk in the village that offers enchanting views of the valley and the sea. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay
Breakfast at the hotel Meeting with the guide and departure for Rome for an itinerary in the footsteps of the artists in the capital. Guided walk in places frequented by artists. Visit of the architectural complex of Villa Medici, on the Pincio hill and its gardens. A forced passage to Caffè Greco, to Piazza di Spagna, a famous meeting place for artists that still today has the charm of the past. Afternoon free for personal insights. Late afternoon return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to the airport and end of services.
- 2 night stay in 3*/4* Hotel in Narni, accommodation in a double room, breakfast included
- 2 night stay in a 3* Hotel in Tivoli, accommodation in a double room, breakfast included
- 3 night stay in a 3* Hotel in Grottaferrata, accommodation in a double room, breakfast included
- 7 dinners at the restaurants of the structures, drinks included
- Tourist guides for the duration of the stay
- Sightseeing tour by boat on Lake Piediluco
- Entrance to the Museum and 6D Cinema at Marmore
- Entrance to the Marmore Falls Park
Tourist tax where required to be paid on the spot, tips, personal extras, anything not specifically mentioned in "The price includes"