Wonders Of The Renaissance

Hotel Majestic Roma Guests Catch A Glimpse Of The City’s Lesser Known Frescoes
Obscure Fascinations

The famous, frescoed ceilings of Rome draw crowds of tourists, all craning their necks trying to take in the details overhead. Yet there are places of equal charms, and with just as much appeal as the tried-and-true art and architectural attractions of The Eternal City.

Cases in point: the less well known Villa Farnesina in Trastevere, and across the Tiber river, the Palazzo Spada; two of Rome’s most magnificent Renaissance-era residences housing a series of artistic triumphs of the same period.

Preferring to treat guests to distinctive experiences and uncommon attractions, Hotel Majestic Roma will arrange for an exclusive tour of both properties with an expert guide who takes guests deep into the histories and treasures among these artistic estates.

The elaborately frescoed ceiling The Loggia of Psyche by Raphael (c. 1517-18) at Villa Farnesina.
A detail of The Rape of Ganymede (c. 1509–1514) by architect-painter, Baldassare Peruzzi’s at Villa Farnesina.
The regal Villa Farnesina, situated along the Tiber River, was built in the beginning of the 16th century at the height of the Italian Renaissance.
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.

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