The Attingham Study Programme

‘Palaces and Villas of Rome and Naples’

September 16-24, 2019

Applications are closed

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 will begin with a visit to the BRITISH SCHOOL AT ROME. This is a 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 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 informed 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 and the CASINO DI VILLA BONCOMPAGNI LUDOVISI. The programme will also feature PALAZZO SPADA, PALAZZO NUOVO and the PALAZZO CONSERVATORI, the historic home of the Capitoline Museums on the Capitoline Hill. We shall focus upon the ALBANI COLLECTION both at the Capitoline and during a visit to the privately owned VILLA ALBANI TORLONIA, where we witness the collections, notably those of Cardinal Alessandro Albani, so central to the work of Winckelmann.  The VILLA ADRIANA and VILLA D’ESTE at Tivoli and the Renaissance VILLA FARNESINA will enable members to witness the development of the Roman Villa.

The course will then travel through the Roman Campagna to Naples, visiting en route the REGGIA DI CASERTA, built by the Bourbon kings.  During a walking tour of the heart of the historic city we study the riches of the MUSEO DEL TESORO DI SAN GENNARO, PIO MONTE DELLA MISERICORDIA, home to Caravaggio’s Seven Works of Mercy, and the MUSEO CIVICO GAETANO FILANGIERI, housed in the fifteenth-century Palazzo Cuomo.  The course will also visit the privately-owned VILLA LEONETTI overlooking the Bay of Naples and Pozzuoli and will study the Farnese sculptures in the MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO NAZIONALE and the Farnese pictures at the MUSEO DI CAPODIMONTE.  Visits to HERCULANEUM, the ROYAL PALACE OF PORTICI and VILLA CAMPOLIETO in the shadow of Vesuvius will complete this rigorous Attingham Grand Tour.

Enrollment and fees

The course fee, which includes the U.S. handling fee is $4,885. The fee includes tuition, accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach. Not included in the fee are airfare, guidebooks, most alcoholic beverages, laundry and incidentals. You must arrange for your own health insurance coverage while you are on the course.

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT – Please note there is a single room supplement of $715. Single rooms are only available for those not receiving scholarship assistance unless there is a specific medical reason.

The Attingham Study Programme is intended for museum curators, lecturers, architects, conservationists and others with a keen or professional interest in the fine and decorative arts. The course will involve walking and climbing stairs. Accommodation is in modest hotels where lectures are also given, and participants must manage their own luggage. It must also be noted that this course is intensive and physically strenuous. Additionally, it might not always be possible to accommodate some dietary restrictions.

Please see below to submit an application. Please email Mary Ellen Whitford ( if you have any queries while completing the form.


In addition to general enrollment, some scholarship assistance is available for qualifying candidates thanks to the generosity of various individuals and charitable organizations.

Any candidate wishing to apply for a scholarship must complete the scholarship application form below. Please follow the instructions on the form to apply for financial assistance.

Application deadline: February 12, 2019

The Attingham Study Programme 2019 Application Form for US-based Applicants

American Friends of Attingham Scholarship Form