A hop and a skip from Piazza Navona and part of Santa Maria della Pace, the Chiostro del Bramante is a unique space of architectural delight. Donato Bramante, a rival of Michelangelo, conceived this part of the church around 1500 in Renaissance style--a pristine combination of high arches and columns to create a relaxing atmosphere for the monks, open to the play of light and shadow. Now, this unique multi-level space is used for art exhibitions showcasing artists like the famous Flemish Brueghels. You can also relax with a drink and appreciate works by young artists in the contemporary cafe inside. If they don’t impress you, the view you’ll have of Raphael’s frescoes will.
One thing is for sure: Villa Farnesina has frescoes in spades. Built in the 16th century by... Read more