Attingham Study Programme

Palaces and Villas of Rome and Naples

18th – 26th September 2017

Conceived from the perspective of the British, European and American travellers who visited Italy to experience antique, renaissance and baroque Rome during the period c.1650-1950, this intensive Study Programme is in association with the BRITISH SCHOOL AT ROME. The course will begin with a visit to this fine example of the work of Edwin Lutyens, built in 1911 in the Valle Giulia, Rome’s Valley of the Academies and now a centre for research in archaeology, the arts and the humanities. The VILLA AURELIA, high above the Janiculum Hill and now the American Academy, founded in 1894, will also be included.

The programme will consider palaces and villas with their collections in the light of papal patronage and focus upon some of the key Roman families and their influence upon their contemporaries. The choice of properties encompasses those that inspired travellers to collect sculpture, books, paintings and works of art, their taste inspired by the desire to furnish and sometimes rebuild their town and country houses back home.

The course will examine some of the most important Roman palaces still intact, including a number still in private hands, notably PALAZZO COLONNA, PALAZZO DORIA PAMPHILJ, GALLERIA PALLAVICINI – PALAZZO PALLAVICINI-ROSPIGLIOSI and the CASINO DI VILLA BONCOMPAGNI LUDOVISI. The programme will also include PALAZZO NUOVO, the historic home of the Capitoline Museums on the Capitoline Hill, and an opportunity to see the VATICAN MUSEUMS, repository of some of the most celebrated interiors and collections in the world. The VILLA BORGHESE (now known as the Galleria Borghese), VILLA FARNESINA, VILLA D’ESTE and VILLA ADRIANA at Tivoli will enable members to witness the development of the Roman Villa.

The course will then travel through the Roman Campagna to Naples where the MUSEO DEL TESORO DI SAN GENNARO, PIO MONTE DELLA MISERICORDIA, home to Caravaggio’s Seven Works of Mercy, and the newly reopened MUSEO CIVICO GAETANO FILANGIERI, housed in the fifteenth-century Palazzo Cuomo will be considered. Visits will follow to study the REGGIA DI CASERTA, built by the Bourbon kings outside Naples, the Farnese sculptures in the MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO NAZIONALE and the Farnese pictures at the MUSEO DI CAPODIMONTE. A visit to HERCULANEUM and the town of Portici in the shadow of Vesuvius will complete this rigorous Attingham Grand Tour.


Enrolment and Fees*

The cost of the 9-day course is €3,300. This will include tuition, shared accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach. Airfares are not included. There is a single room supplement. For more details, see application form.

Applications from the United States
A downloadable PDF form is available here and from the American Friends of Attingham website. For any assistance please contact Cynthia Drayton, American Friends of Attingham, 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016, USA. Email:; Tel: 001 (212) 682 6840

Applications from Britain, Europe & all other countries
To apply online please follow the link at the bottom of this page. For any assistance please contact: Rita Grudzień, The Attingham Trust, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ. Email:; Tel: +44 (0) 20 7253 9057.

Closing date for applications
To arrive by 12th February 2017. Applicants will be notified in mid March and in some cases, course members will be asked to make an immediate deposit of €500. The balance of fees is due by 30th April 2017 without further notice.

Participants are strongly advised to insure against cancellation as no refunds can be made once a place has been confirmed.

Some scholarship assistance is available. Applicants will be asked to provide a short statement of financial need and letter of reference with the completed application form.

The Attingham Trust reserves the right to amend the Study Programme and to adjust the fees as these were assessed in September 2016. If necessary applicants will be informed by 1st April 2017.

*Please note with particular care that all costs for this course (apart from the personal contribution) are in Euros

John Lewis, OBE

HM Ambassador to Washington
The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE, DL
Dr Thomas P. Campbell
Professor Sir David Cannadine, FSA
Sir Timothy Clifford
The Lord Crathorne, KCVO, FSA
The Duke of Devonshire, KCVO, CBE
Judith Goodison, FSA
The Hon. Desmond Guinness
John Harris, OBE, FSA
The Marquis of Lansdowne, LVO, DL
Rosemary Lomax-Simpson
Sir Hugh Roberts, GCVO, FSA
The Lord Rothschild, OM, GBE
Coral Samuel, CBE

Sheila ffolliott

Andrew Moore, PhD, FSA

Rita Grudzień