"The Gardens of Rome: Leisure and Delight in the Renaissance and Baroque"

Past Live Lecture on March 14th 2022 with Francesca Barberini

Come and Discover:


Rome is sprinkled with gardens and parks, formerly the residences of aristocrats or cardinals, now open to visitors.

Places reserved for rest, otium and leisure, Roman parks and gardens were enriched with ancient sculptures that blended with nature in perfect balance.

In this lesson we will see, through a virtual walk, some of the most beautiful Roman gardens from the Renaissance to the early Neoclassicism and we will discover how these represent the tastes and interests of the owners.

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Francesca Barberini

is an art historian with a degree from the University of Rome La Sapienza, and who lives in Rome, city she truly loves. Francesca is a member of the illustrious Barberini family that produced Pope Urban VIII, who consecrated and decorated the new St Peter’s Basilica. She spent several years cataloguing art religious buildings in central Italy, she began leading tours in Rome and surroundings. Her knowledge of art is, literally, encyclopedic! Although she leads tours of all the major sites in Rome, she loves leading tours in Roman palaces focusing on the way people use to live in the “Palazzi” and the way their collections of art where “used” in daily life, expressing the ideas of the family and is completing a book on the subject.