Follow the life of the great artist Caravaggio on this art history tour with Caravaggio specialist Dr Peter Higginson:
• Journey through Rome, Naples, Sicily and Malta tracing the life and career of one of history’s finest painters: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
• Study the artist’s signature use of chiaroscuro and view a range of his most famous paintings in situ, including The Calling of St Matthew, Beheading of St John the Baptist, and The Seven Works of Mercy.
Depart Heathrow 1245 on British Airways, arriving Rome 1620. Transfer to Hotel della Torre Argentina for three nights. Afternoon: Galleria Doria Pamphilj (Rest on the Flight into Egypt and Penitent Magdalene). Evening lecture: The Challenge of Mother Rome: Religion, Politics and Society, Patrons and Critics.
Morning: Santa Maria del Popolo (The Conversion of St Paul and The Crucifixion of St Peter), San Luigi dei Francesi (The Calling of St Matthew), Sant’ Agostino (Madonna di Loreto). Afternoon: Vatican Pinacoteca (Entombment).
Morning: Galleria Borghese (works including Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Sick Bacchus, Madonna dei Palafrenieri), Santa Maria della Concezione (St Francis in Meditation). Afternoon: Palazzo Barberini (Judith Beheading Holofernes, Narcissus). Evening lecture: The Artist takes Flight: an Itinerant Artist in Naples and Sicily.
Morning: Palazzo dei Conservatori (Fortune Teller, St John the Baptist) followed by Galleria Corsini (St John the Baptist in the Desert). Afternoon: Villa Ludovisi by special arrangement (Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto). Transfer by train to Naples for three nights at Decumani Hotel de Charme.
Morning: Pio Monte della Misericordia (Madonna della Misericordia) and Galleria di Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano (Martyrdom of St Ursula). Afternoon: Museo di Capodimonte (works including Flagellation of Christ).
Morning: walking tour including Pinacoteca Girolamini. Afternoon: Certosa di San Martino (further Neopolitan Caravaggisti works). Free evening.
Morning flight to Catania, Sicily. By coach to Messina for the Museo Regionale (Raising of Lazarus, Adoration of the Shepherds). Afternoon: Continue to Siracusa for overnight at Grand Hotel Ortigia. Evening lecture: Caravaggio as Artist and Knight of the Order of St John of Malta.
Morning lecture: Caravaggio as Artist and Knight of the Order of St John of Malta followed by visits to Santa Lucia alla Badia (Burial of St Lucy) and Museo Regionale di Palazzo Bellomo. Afternoon flight to Malta for two nights in Valletta at the Grand Hotel Excelsior.
Morning: Oratory of the Co-Cathedral of St John (The Beheading of St John the Baptist, St Jerome Writing). Afternoon: Sacra Infermia (The Knights’ Hospital) and walking tour of old Valletta.
Morning: Grandmaster’s Palace (royal armoury). Depart Malta 1655 on Air Malta, arriving Heathrow 1925.