Great Video Series – The Essential Guide to Italy – Lectures 11 & 12

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Saturday, Aug 13, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Lecture 11 – The Pantheon to Campo dei Fiori

We closed the last lecture in the Piazza della Rotonda, admiring the fountain and obelisk there. But the main attraction, of course is the building for which the piazza is named: the Pantheon. This whole area was part of the complex given by Agrippa at the time of Augustus to the people of Rome. Of that huge complex, only this round temple – or rotunda – to all the gods remains. In addition to viewing the Pantheon, we’ll visit many other sites in this lecture, including the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, before ending our tour in the Campo dei Fiori.

Lecture 12 – Piazza Farnese to the Ara Pacis

Just south of the Campo dei Fiori is one of Rome’s most majestic squares, the Piazza Farnese. This vast space was carved out of a jumble of medieval buildings to provide the appropriate context for one of the most magnificent Renaissance palaces in Rome: the Palazzo Farnese. In this lecture, we’ll learn the history of this palace, and we’ll visit the nearby Palazzo Spada. We’ll then look at some sites near the Tiber before we reach the Villa Farnesina, commissioned as a pleasure house along the river by the rich banker Agostino Chigi. Finally, we’ll walk toward the Piazza del Popolo, stopping briefly at the Chiesa Nuova and Oratorio, the Palazzo Altemps, and a number of other sites.


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