Renaissance Due to the wealth and the cultural tendencies of the Popes, cardinals, bankers, diplomats and intellectuals of the 16th century, Renaissance Art developed rapidly in Rome: new villas, palaces, churches, chapels and streets were constructed and many famous artists came from all over Italy to work in Rome. The new interest in archaeology alighted particularly on Ancient masterpieces, which were restored and set up in private collections. The most famous example belongs to the group of statues in the Laocoön, which was found in 1506 and erected by Julius II in the courtyard of the Belvedere Palace. Together with other famous, ancient statues and the frescoes of Raphael and Michelangelo, it is among the most admired art works of the Vatican Museums today. The most beautiful palaces in Rome The itinerary leads us to the most beautiful Renaissance palaces in Rome. Unfortunately these are only partially accessible to the public. Michelangelo in Rome Michelangelo’s activity as a painter from this time has produced one of the most important masterpieces in the world: his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel that you can visit during our Vatican tour. This itinerary will lead you to Michelangelo’s… Raphael and the Renaissance in Rome (Tour 1) S. Maria del Popolo und S. Agostino wurden beide im 15. Jahrhundert errichtet und gehören zu den wenigen Renaissancekirchen in Rom. Ihr Inneres ist reich an Kunstwerken: neben den weniger bekannten Arbeiten Raffaels, der Chigi-Kapelle in S. Maria del Popolo… Raphael and the Renaissance in Rome (Tour 2) Raphael was the most influential painter of the 16th century in Rome. With his arrival in Rome in 1508 Raphael set a crucial turn in Roman painting, although this was only evident many years after his early death in 1520.