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Tuscany's Tenute Silvio Nardi Organizes a Tour of Wine in Art

The self-guided tour covers seven Roman galleries and 36 works of art.

Nick Fauchald
Posted: March 13, 2004

Tuscan wine producer Tenute Silvio Nardi has put together a guide to wine-related artworks in Rome that spans three millennia of history.

The self-guided tour, called Degustazioni d'Arte, covers 36 works of art in the permanent collections of seven museums, all located in the Villa Borghese, Renaissance and Baroque areas of Rome.

Tourists can direct themselves around the museums using a 104-page book, called Art Tastings: Mythological, Symbolic, Spiritual and Metaphysical Wine Culture in Rome's Public Collections, which contains pictures and notes about each work of art.

The featured works span several mediums and thousands of years, from ancient wine amphorae to Georges Bracque's cubist masterpiece, Still Life with Clarinet, Grapes and Fan.

Tenute Silvio Nardi is best known for its Brunello di Montalcino bottlings. The winery's managing director, Emilia Nardi, organized the tour to gather funding for the renovation of the Wine Grotto, a 17th-century building used by Cardinal Scipione Borghese to entertain guests. The grotto, also called "The Gentlemen's Cellar," is the entrance to the cardinal's wine cellar, which has yet to be excavated. Nardi hopes this tour will result in the restoration of the cellar and the opening of the grotto to the public.

"Art and wine are both expressions of the soul and, as such, they are profoundly linked to one another," Nardi said in a statement. "It is my objective to make this synergistic experience available to everyone, which would be a great source of joy and satisfaction to me."

The guidebooks are available at each of the featured galleries: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Galleria Borghese, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini, Galleria Spada, Galleria Corsini and the Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia. More information, along with dates for the occasional scheduled tours guided by an art historian, can be found at www.galleriaborghese.it/.

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