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"Direct your eye inward, and you'll find a thousand regions in your mind yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be expert in home-cosmography"

- Henry David Thoreau

Wake up on the other side of the Atlantic with Clam Tours! Join our Director, Tess Amodeo-Vickery, on a virtual visit to some of Rome’s most intriguing secret sites as she teams up with local architects, master art restorers & university professors for Rome Espresso - a 30 minute live-streamed, on-site lecture series happening weekends at 9:30am EST.  Enjoy your morning caffe from the comfort of your favorite chair as we take you with us to discover some of Rome’s bespoke art historical & architectural gems, served with a side of insider perspective & expert commentary. 

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$25 - Single Espresso
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$80 - The Double Doppio

 

Sure you'll love what we're serving up? Get access to 4 fresh-pressed virtual tours at a reduced rate!

Saturday, September 12 - 9:30am EST 

Breakfast at Bramante's - "The Four Sibyls" by Raphael featuring Antonio Forcellino

In celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the artist’s death, our first appointment for this series will focus on one of Raphael’s oft-overlooked masterpieces in Rome’s historic center. Tess will set the stage, introducing you to the artwork in the context of its setting amidst a complex site that saw much evolution across the centuries. Professor Giulia Silvia Ghia of La Sapienza University in Rome and New Jersey City University, and founder of Verderame, will then explain the piece in detail, while master restorer & special guest Antonio Forcellino divulges what he discovered during his 2020 restoration. The tour will last about 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for live Q&A with participants at the end. 

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Antonio Forcellino - Antonio Forcellino is an Italian architect, author and restorer specialized in Renaissance art. He most notably led the restoration of Michelangelo's "Moses" statue in Rome, the Arch of Trajan in Benevento, and the facades of both the Duomo of Siena and the Duomo of Orvieto. It is he who discovered Michelangelo's signature on the statue of Pope Julius II in the pope's monumental tomb in San Pietro in Vincoli, of which Michelangelo's "Moses" is the centerpiece. 

Giulia Silvia Ghia - Giulia Silvia Ghia is an Italian art historian, curator, restorer and professor working in Rome and New York City. She curated the restoration of many masterpieces by authors such as Giotto, Giorgio Vasari, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Bernini and Caravaggio. She is President of Verderame cultural institute, and its sister association International Friends of Verderame with 501c3 status in New York, and sits on the Board of Directors for Villa Giulia in Rome. She is an active member of international women's association The Circle and writes a culture column for The Huffington Post Italy and Artribune.

 

Sunday, September 20 - 9:30am EST 

Patisserie al Popolo - Chigi Chapel of S. M. del Popolo featuring Claudio Strinati

In celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the artist’s death, our second appointment for this series will focus on a little-known architectural, sculptural and even mosaic intervention by Raphael in Rome’s historic center. Tess will explain the greater structure of the church, its importance to the Romans and give a brief lesson on distinguishing Renaissance art from Baroque. Professor Giulia Silvia Ghia of La Sapienza University in Rome and New Jersey City University, and founder of Verderame, will then give a detailed overview of the chapel and the two major interventions by Raphael and Bernini before handing it over to special guest Claudio Strinati, one of Rome's most important art historians and former superintendent of Galleria Borghese, Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini. Mosaicist Megan Mahan will also stand by to shed light on the process of creating mosaics from Raphael's cartoons from a technical perspective.

The tour will last about 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for live Q&A with participants at the end. 

FEATURING

 

Claudio Strinati - Claudio Strinati is an Italian art historian and former Superintendent of the Polo Museale Roma museum group, which during his mandate included Galleria Borghese, Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Corsini,  Galleria Spada, Castel Sant'Angelo and Palazzo Venezia. An expert in painting and sculpture from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, he worked for many years in the Ministry of Culture, both in Liguria and in Rome, and has curated countless exhibitions of works by Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Caravaggio, Titian and Tiepolo. He is a best-selling author and one of the principal columnists for Italian national newspaper la Repubblica.

Megan Mahan- Megan Mahan has a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Pomona College and a Masters in Conservation from the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro (ICR). She studied for years under master mosaicist of the Vatican Mosaic Studio, Roberto Anselmi, responsible for the maintenance and restoration of the mosaics of St. Peter's Basilica and St. Paul's Outside the Walls in Rome. She has since opened her own practice in Rome, where she creates contemporary pieces and micro-mosaic jewelry on commission. Megan collaborates with Clam Tours, leading private workshops for clients on our Mosaic Craftsmen Tour.

Giulia Silvia Ghia - Giulia Silvia Ghia is an Italian art historian, curator, restorer and professor working in Rome and New York City. She curated the restoration of many masterpieces by authors such as Giotto, Giorgio Vasari, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Bernini and Caravaggio. She is President of Verderame cultural institute, and its sister association International Friends of Verderame with 501c3 status in New York, and sits on the Board of Directors for Villa Giulia in Rome. She is an active member of international women's association The Circle and writes a culture column for The Huffington Post Italy and Artribune.

 

Saturday, September 26 - 9:30am EST 

Acqua, Farina & Farnesina - The Loggia of Cupid & Psyche featuring Luigi Ficacci

In celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the artist’s death, our third appointment for this series will focus on an off-the-tourist-track villa in the heart of Rome and site of one of Raphael's great artistic rivalries with Sebastiano del Piombo. 

The tour will last about 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for live Q&A with participants at the end. 

FEATURING

 

Luigi Ficacci - Luigi Ficacci is the presiding director of the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (ICR) and an Italian art critic and professor. He has a long career in public administration for cultural heritage, serving as the Superintendent of  Lucca, Massa Carrara, Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna and Rimini.

Giulia Silvia Ghia - Giulia Silvia Ghia is an Italian art historian, curator, restorer and professor working in Rome and New York City. She curated the restoration of many masterpieces by authors such as Giotto, Giorgio Vasari, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Bernini and Caravaggio. She is President of Verderame cultural institute, and its sister association International Friends of Verderame with 501c3 status in New York, and sits on the Board of Directors for Villa Giulia in Rome. She is an active member of international women's association The Circle and writes a culture column for The Huffington Post Italy and Artribune.

 

Week of October 3  - 9:30am EST 

The Pope's Dining Room - The Vatican's "Room of Constantine" featuring Barbara Jatta 

The grand finale of out celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Raphael's death will conclude in the place that made his name eternal, the Vatican. Get an exclusive glimpse of the recently restored "Room of Constantine" alongside the museum's Director, Barbara Jatta.

The tour will last about 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for live Q&A with participants at the end. 

FEATURING

 

Barbara Jatta- Barbara Jatta is an Italian art historian specialized in restoration and conservation of libraries and archives. After serving for many years in pivotal positions, such as Head of the Apolistic Library, Curator of Prints and Keeper of Graphic Collections, she became history's first female Director of the Vatican Museums, selected and named to the position by Pope Francis.

Giulia Silvia Ghia - Giulia Silvia Ghia is an Italian art historian, curator, restorer and professor working in Rome and New York City. She curated the restoration of many masterpieces by authors such as Giotto, Giorgio Vasari, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Bernini and Caravaggio. She is President of Verderame cultural institute, and its sister association International Friends of Verderame with 501c3 status in New York, and sits on the Board of Directors for Villa Giulia in Rome. She is an active member of international women's association The Circle and writes a culture column for The Huffington Post Italy and Artribune.

 

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