In celebration of the Vatican’s 400th Anniversary of the Lux in Arcana (translation from Latin: “Light in the Archives”), which was the subject of Dan Brown’s post-da Vinci Code blockbuster Angels and Demons, Hotel de Russie has partnered with Rome’s Capitoline Museums to offer guests a private tour of the exhibition. For the very first time, the ‘Lux in Arcana’ exhibition will display documents from the Vatican Secret Archive buried beneath the Holy Sea, making it one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated displays in Roman history. The documents – which span from the 8th century to the 20th – not only shed light on the history of the Catholic Church, but also on the history of Europe.
Highlights of the exhibition include the documents which describe the inquisition of Galileo Galilei, the case against the Knights Templar and the order for Martin Luther’s excommunication. The exhibit also features a parchment in Latin with the seal of 83 English Lords, which seeks a marriage annulment for King Henry VIII so he could marry Anne Boleyn. Henry’s failure to obtain Papal approval ultimately led to the Reformation in Britain.
The hour and a half private tour can be tailor made, focusing on specific documents of interest to each visitor. The package starts from €485 (10% VAT and city tax excluded, based on double occupancy) and is available through September 15th 2012. It also includes:
- A two-night stay in a double classic room (with upgrade subject to availability) with breakfast
- Tickets to the exhibition
- A copy of the official exhibition catalogue
Additionally, the Wellness Zone at Hotel de Russie has launched a new spa treatment inspired by Ancient Rome tradition that soothes tired and sore feet after a day of exploring. After all, visitors ambling around the Roman “Sanpietrini” may forget the wear on their feet, as tested by the cobbles!
The “Ancient Roman Ritual” begins with a relaxing warm footbath of volcanic stones, essential oils and flower petals. After an exfoliation with an energizing blend of oils, sea salts and flowers, a relaxing mask cocoons feet in a thin paper wrap. The ritual continues with a reflexology massage and ends with an application of moisturizing, aromatized balms to create a sensation of lightness and relief.