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thewallsof the Vatican City enclose a territory of just 0.44

square kilometres, bestowing upon it the status of the world’s smallest country. At the last census, its population was 826.

This number, however, is swollen by the 4.3 million people who pour in every year to gaze upon some of the most iconic art treasures in Western culture.

With this many visitors jostling for room, it can be hard to appreciate the artistic riches fully.

Hence our Connoisseur’s Rome excursion. This tour features many important works of art which are either normally locked away or so popular that it’s difficult to enjoy them in peace.

With the Vatican palace, for example, we’ve arranged a private visit so that you can experience the Sistine Chapel after the crowds havedeparted.WithMichelangelo’s miraculous ceil ing, his Last Judgement on the end wall and the quattrocento wall frescoes, together with Raphael’s frescoes in the Stanze, this is themost precious assemblage of painting in the western world.

Another private visit takes you to the Galleria Borghese, featuring major pieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael. On the subject of Raphael, there’s also an opportunity to view his Villa Madama, one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance villas. (It’s now used for diplomatic receptions, hence our visit is expressly by special permission.)

Some well known and generally accessible places are included in the itinerary, so the tour will appeal to those who are unfamiliar with Rome, as well as those who have been many times before.

Because this is a Martin Randall tour, you’ll be led by one of our lecturers, who will not only be a respected authority in their field but also an enthusiastic and engaging travel companion.

There are two Connoisseur’s Rome tours in 2011, both six days long. They’re small-group tours, which means that the numbers are strictly limited to between seven and 22 participants. As we’re fond of saying, this makes everything more manageable, increases social cohesion and at the same time allows everyone greater access to the lecturer.

In fact, it’s just one of around 180 cultural tours that we operate, all designed for people with enquiring minds and a desire to learn, understand and appreciate. And all meticulously planned to ensure a smooth-running, well-paced and memorable experience. (Which may explain why we’ve won the AITO Travel Company Of The Year Award for three of the last five years.)

Eachoftheseholidays is described in detail at www.martinrandall.com

Or, alternatively, phone us on 020 8742 3355 for your own private copy of our acclaimed brochure.

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