There’s an astounding new exhibit at the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Over 100 original documents from the Pope’s Archive have left the Vatican City for the first time ever-- on display now through September 15, 2012. Called “Lux in arcana - The Vatican Secret Archives reveals itself,” the exhibit showcases ancient manuscripts dating from the 8th century, including documents that describe the inquisition of Galileo Galilei, the case against the Knights Templar and the order for Martin Luther’s excommunication. There’s also a parchment in Latin demanding marriage annulment for King Henry VIII so he could marry Anne Boleyn. (When the king didn’t get Papal approval, he launched the Reformation in Britain, and the rest is history!)
The Hotel de Russie—the Rocco Forte hotel located between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino—is inviting guests to get up close and personal with this rare exhibit on a private tour. A leafy hideaway with private, terraced gardens, the hotel is within walking distance to major Rome attractions including Vatican City. The private tour is tailored for each guest, and lasts an hour and a half. The hotel is offering a package, starting from €485, that has two nights accommodation in a double classic room, breakfast, exhibit tickets, and a copy of the official exhibition catalogue. For more information, visit www.hotelderussie.it.