~ VIRTUAL TOURS ~
"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 museum directors, master art restorers, famous authors & storied art critics for Rome Espresso - a 30 minute live-streamed, on-site lecture series happening weekends at 9:30am EST. Enjoy your morning caffè 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. Our first series will be dedicated to the 500th year anniversary of Raphael's death, celebrating the artist's intervention in Rome's historic center.
$25 - Single Espresso
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$80 - The Double Doppio
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Sunday, September 13 - 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.
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.
Patisserie al Popolo - Chigi Chapel of S. M. del Popolo
A little-known architectural, sculptural and even mosaic intervention by Raphael in Rome’s historic center.
Breakfast al Fresco - Prophet Isaiah in Sant'Agostino
Perhaps the most surprising and understated intervention by Raphael in a modest church in the heart of Rome.
Acqua, Farina & Farnesina - The Loggia of Cupid & Psyche
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 Pope's Parlor
A special nod to the patron who made his name eternal, the Pope. We are currently working to secure extra special access for you in perhaps the place that made Raphael's career. We will start accepting reservations for this tour as soon as it's confirmed, so stay tuned to assure you get a spot!
- Sunday, September 20
- Saturday, September 26
- Saturday, October 3
- Saturday, October 10
*Times may vary slightly, but all appointments will occur within half an hour of 9:30am EST