A series of performances will be held in both indoor and outdoor venues, over the New Year period
This national church of Florence took two centuries to complete and is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, also known as the protector of Florence. This graceful minor basilica was commissioned by Pope Leo X and designed by the Florentine artist Jacopo Sansovino. It lies in the ancient Ponte district of Rome, increasingly becoming the home of artists, hipsters and where the local Roman community and visitors can enjoy contemporary dining and one-off, boutique shops.
Neoclassical in style, the Piazza del Popolo, or People's Square, is one of Rome's largest urban piazzas and lies within the city's northern gate, Porta del Popolo, the ancient starting point of the most important road north and, until the birth of the railways, all visitors first sight of Rome. It was the place of Rome's public executions, the last of which took place in 1826. The Eygptian oblelisk, in the centre of the square, is the tallest and second oldest in Rome, arriving in 10BC by order of Augustus Caesar, originally on the Circus Maximus but re-erected here in 1589. On the northern side of the square, guarded by the sister churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto, are the three shopping streets, locally known as the 'trident', Via del Corso, Via Babuino and Ripetta, which is the route of Rome's New Year's Day Parade.
This Baroque style church is located on the Piazza del Popolo. It features an elegant bell tower by Girolamo Theodoli and gets its name from the miraculous image of the Virgin on the high altar. Building was started in 1675 by Carlo Rainaldi but completed by Bernini and Fontana in 1681.The rich stucco interior is by Antonio Raggi, a student of Bernini. The church guards the entrance to one of Rome's famed shopping streets, Viale del Corso, with her twin church, Santa Maria in Montesanto.
Frascati is an idyllic hill top town located 12 miles south-east of Rome in the Alban Hills famous for its crisp white wine, the aristocratic Villa Aldobrandini, winding cobbled streets and magnificant views over the plains surrounding Rome. Piazza San Pietro, named after Frascati's 16th Century Basilica, which watches over the square, is in the historic centre and a popular pedestrian hub. Piazza del Mercato, as its name suggests, has produce and craft markets held throughout the year as well as an array of small market shops located around the square making it a bustling and busy area. Both squares are regularly used as outdoor spaces by our performers.
The Basilica Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo is a Roman Catholic church right in the heart of Frascati dominating the Piazza S. Pietro. Designed by Ottaviano Nonni, work started in 1598 and the first mass was celebrated 12 years later in June 1610. The two impressive bell towers either side of the façade are 18th century additions. Notably, the cathedral houses an 11th century wooden crucifix, a relief depicting Jesus handing the famous keys to Saint Peter and the heart of Charles Stuart, the Young Pretender to the Scottish throne, is interred under the floor.