24 – 28 October 2019
Byzantine Rome


Most Art History tours of Rome, will, for obvious reasons, concentrate on The Classical, The Renaissance or The Baroque splendours of the Eternal City.It is little known fact, that Rome is also a repository for some of the finest surviving works of Byzantine Art. From large Papal Basilicas, to humble Parish Churches, Rome has a little explored treasury of gems for the student of Byzantine Art History, or Iconography. Many of the mosaics in Roman Churches are as old, or older than the celebrated Romano/Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna, or finer than the Medieval Byzantine mosaics of Palermo and Venice.This tour will investigate the splendid, but often neglected Byzantine heritage of the city.




Other Details


Centrally located Tirreno** * . Bed and Breakfast tariff in twin-share room with private facilities.

Course Cost

£625 inclusive of tuition, airport transfers (airport transfers are only available for the Siragusa Tours Ltd nominated flight), visit to the Monasteries of Meteora, in twin-share room with private facilities

Single Room Supplement


Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and if we have booked a flight for you through Travelpack, you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008, for an immediate quote (unless you already have insurance).


Ca. £200 scheduled flights to Rome. Note that this is an estimate. Once the tour is viable we will contact you with details of the ‘nominated flight’. You can decide whether you wish to make independent arrangements (people from the North may wish to use a Northern airport) or whether you wish to be booked on the group flight. Please note that when we contact you with fares they are usually only valid for the day and may be higher (or lower) the next day. On the booking form you have the option to authorise us to issue flights if we can’t get hold of you.Local TransportAirport transfers by private minibus.

Group Size



Peter Murphy, BA, is a noted expert in the fields of Byzantine and Pre Renaissance Italian Art. Educated at Jacob Kramer College of Art and the University of East London, later trained with noted iconographer Guillem Ramos Poqui in London. Peter works using traditional techniques from medieval religious painting, including egg tempera paint and gold leaf. He was Vice Chairman of the Society of Tempera Painters and is a member of The British Association of Iconographers for whom he runs workshops. He runs courses in the UK, USA, Greece, and Italy teaching these techniques and in addition leads groups on Sacred Art Tours to Italy and Sicily. He has been commissioned by a number of churches in the UK, notably Tewkesbury Abbey and Hereford Cathedral. He has also been employed by a number of museums for special exhibitions; he has recreated a triptych by Simone Martini for The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and created a mural of ten scenes from the life of Benedict Biscop for Bede’s World Museum in Jarrow. He is currently undertaking his fourth major commission for The Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral. This year he helped establish and is chief tutor for the St Peter’s Centre for Sacred Art, located in the medieval church of St Peter’s in the heart of Canterbury. He is visiting tutor in Byzantine Iconography and Early Italian painting and gilding techniques for the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College in Sussex.

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General Interest

Itinerary / Study Programme

Day 1, Thursday 24 October 2019

Arrive at Rome Fiumicino airport and transfer by minibus to Hotel Tirreno, orientation

Day 2, Friday 25 October 2019

Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana and Santa Pressede.

Day 3, Saturday 26 October 2019

am St John Lateran, San Clemente, Santa Maria Antica in the Forum,

pm Santa Maria in Trastavere.

Day 4, Sunday 27 October 2019

Pinacoteca Vaticana, to study the early panel paintings and the icons of the Papal Collection. (Open fron 9am to 2pm and free as it is the last Sunday of the month)

Day 5, Monday 28 October 2019

Free time until departure.

This itinerary and study program is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions