Rome Art Tour

Introduce your student to the Eternal City where you can explore the Colosseum, Forum and Vatican Museums as well as the plethora of art from the Renaissance to the 21st century

rome skyline

School Art Trip to Rome

The Eternal City offers many surprises for art students and is not all about the Renaissance and Bernini sculptures, although those in the Borghese Gallery should not be missed. Nor should you miss the the incredible treasures at the Vatican Museum. But Rome also excels in modern and contemporary art and no where is this better illustrated than at the Maxxi Museum which offers a cutting edge experience of thought-provoking installation art in a striking modernist building.

Suggested Itinerary

The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.

Day 1

Flight to Rome, Walking Tour of the historic city

Walking Tour: On arrival you are met by your guide and transfer to your central hotel. In the afternoon you have a guided walking tour of the historic centre taking in all the famous sights. You start at the Spanish Steps and soon reach the Trevi Fountain. It is traditional to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure a return to the Eternal City. You next cross the Via del Corso, one of Rome’s principal shopping streets, and soon reach the Pantheon which was built by the Emperor Hadrian and later converted to a church. The tour concludes in the wonderful Piazza Navona where, in addition to admiring Bernini’s fountains and the local artists’ works, you may also wish to sample the world famous tartufo ice cream.

trevi fountain

Day 2

Vatican Museum & National Gallery of Modern Art

Vatican Museums: This morning you have a guided tour of the Vatican Museums which house one of the most impressive collections of archaeology in the world. Highlights of the tour include the magnificent Gallery of Maps, a stunning collection of frescoes which date from 1580 and depict in glorious colour the Pope’s dominions. The centrepiece is undoubtedly Michelangelo’s extraordinary ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

St. Peter’s Basilica: You continue to St. Peter’s Basilica where there are many treasures and artworks including the famous Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo and Bernini’s magnificent Baldachin over the Altar.

National Gallery of Modern Art: In the afternoon you visit The National Gallery of Modern Art. Founded in 1883 to represent the national art of the newly unified Italian State, it offers a wide array of artworks created between the late 19th century and the second half of the 20th century.

Day 3

Colosseum, Roman Forum & Galleria Borghese

Colosseum & Roman Forum: Rome’s most famous sight never fails to impress, and your visit will be accompanied by a guide to explore the gladiatorial arena and the adjacent Roman Forum where ordinary Roman’s would have lived, worked and traded.

Galleria Borghese: In the afternoon you visit the stunning collection of sculpture and painting in the Galleria Borghese. Housed in an impressive Palazzo, the collection contains sculpture by Bernini, as well as art by Caravaggio and Titian, and is undoubtedly once of the best galleries in Rome. Entrance is timed, and visits are strictly limited to two hours.

rome skyline

Day 4

Maxxi Museum & Vittorio Emanuele Monument

Maxxi Museum: This morning you travel out of the city a little way to the Maxxi Museum, a stunning, state of the art building by the architect Zaha Hadid which features the latest cutting edge contemporary and installation art. While much of Rome is focused on the ancient, the Maxxi is a leading exponent of 21st century art.

Vittorio Emanuele Monument: You return to the city and visit Piazza Venezia where you can see Trajan’s Column and Markets. By way of contrast, you also see the dazzling white marble of the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, built in the late 19th century as a memorial to Italy’s unifying Monarch, and now incorporating the memorial to Italy’s unknown soldier. You take a trip to the top for a stunning view across the city.

Flight Home: You have time for shopping and final sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.



galleria borghese

Galleria Borghese

maxxi museum

Maxxi Museum of Art

la fornarina

Palazzo Barberini

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Palazzo Doria Pamphilj


Scuderie del Quirinale


Macro Museum of Contemporary Art


National Gallery of Modern Art

vatican museums

Vatican Museums



vittorio emanuele monument

Vittorio Emanuele Monument

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