Begin your morning with an introductory lecture in your hotel by Dr. Nelson on the history of the papacy and the crucial role of the popes as patrons of the Renaissance. Then, head over to the Borghese Gallery to see works by Raphael, Titian, Bernini, and Caravaggio firsthand. This stunning “suburbana” villa, built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese in 1605, still serves its original purpose: as a display space for the cardinal’s amazing art collection intended to impress 17-century VIPs.
Afterward, enjoy a group lunch before heading back to the hotel for a late afternoon pausa (rest). In the evening, head back to the hotel for a welcome aperitivo (cocktail and pupu) with your fellow Punahou alumni before heading out for a private guided visit of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See Michelangelo’s masterpiece the way it was intended, without the crowds.