Guests of Hotel Majestic Roma get an insider's view of a centuries-old play on perspective that remains an architectural marvel.
In The Eye Of The Beholder
The first stop is Villa Farnesina, designed in the early 16th century with an interior richly decorated with ornate frescoes. You won't regret skipping the crowds at the Vatican to get a closer look at the work of Michelangelo's rival, Raphael, including his iconic masterpiece, The Triumph of Galatea.
Next, it’s a 20-minute walk across the Tiber River with your guide, along the historic Ponte Sisto, to see more incredible works of Renaissance period art and architecture at the Palazzo Spada. Inside, the Galleria Spada houses 200 paintings in one of the most important collections of 17th-century art in the world.
But perhaps the biggest draw is architect, Francesco Borromini’s, Prospettiva, a seemingly grand arcade that’s actually an astonishing play on perspective. The baroque architect’s feat deceives the onlooker into seeing a colonnade four times longer than it is using optical tricks like a descending ceiling, cascading columns, and a rising floor, all of which trick the eye into believing it sees something that isn't really there.
To learn more about Hotel Majestic Roma, or to arrange a visit to the villas, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.