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Making its world premiere at Biltmore, Grande Experiences’ all-new multi-sensory experience Italian Renaissance Alive takes you on a spellbinding journey across Italy, illuminating the masterworks of such icons as Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, and Caravaggio.

This fitting tribute to George Vanderbilt’s lifelong passion for fine art invites you to enjoy some of his favorite works in an entirely new way: immersed in the beauty and brilliance of the greatest artistic period in history as it comes to life all around you. Accompanied by a powerful operatic score and a compelling narrative, the experience is captivating, educational, and absolutely unforgettable.

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Biltmore Annual Passholders, please purchase your discounted exhibition tickets here.

What to Expect

This experience is hosted in Amherst at Deerpark®, Biltmore’s exhibition space on the grounds of the estate. To optimize your experience in this 45-minute exhibition, we encourage guests to dress comfortably and move about the space to enjoy a variety of perspectives of the artists’ masterworks.

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Guests experience Italian Renaissance Alive, the latest immersive exhibition created and produced by Grande Experiences. This exciting new event makes its world premiere at Biltmore’s Amherst at Deerpark®.

Large-scale projection of Raphael’s The School of Athens invites you to experience this iconic fresco in greater detail than ever before.

Explore The Last Judgment, a magnificent fresco by Michelangelo that covers the entire altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, is featured in Biltmore’s compelling new exhibition, Italian Renaissance Alive.

Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, is yours to explore in vivid, large-scale detail at Biltmore’s Amherst at Deerpark®.

"The Entombment of Mary" by Giotto from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin comes to life as part of Grande Experience’s Italian Renaissance Alive, making its world premiere at Biltmore’s Amherst at Deerpark®.

Experience this painting, one of a series by Canaletto of the Grand Canal in Venice, during Italian Renaissance Alive, the new exhibition available exclusively at Biltmore.


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Italian Renaissance Alive FAQs

  • How much time should I expect to spend in the exhibition?

    Please allow 45–75 minutes to fully experience Italian Renaissance Alive.

  • Can I take photos/video inside Amherst at Deerpark®?
    • Permitted: non-flash photography and video
    • Not Permitted: commercial photography, video cameras, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or any other photography equipment
  • Is there seating available in the exhibition?

    Limited bench seating is available on a first come, first served basis in the exhibition hall. Guests may leave the exhibition hall and use the seating in the gallery and return to the exhibition hall.

  • What is the travel time between Amherst at Deerpark® and other estate locations?
    • To ensure you arrive prior to your reserved entry time, please allow at least 45 minutes to travel between locations and park your vehicle.
    • Parking for the exhibition is located in the Deerpark/Lioncrest parking lot.
    • There is a limited number of ADA parking spots in front of Amherst.
    • NOTE: We do not offer complimentary estate-wide transportation. To enjoy and explore all that Biltmore has to offer, including the exhibition, we recommend guests a) arrive in their own vehicle, b) make reservations in advance for a rental vehicle, or c) purchase Biltmore Express shuttle service from any Guest Services location on day of arrival.
  • I have allergies. Will the scents bother me?

    For Italian Renaissance Alive, the scents include top notes of saffron, grapefruit, and elemi, middle notes of cedarwood and oudh, and base notes of amber and musk. These products are rated for professional/industrial use, similar to an air freshener. If you experience fragrance allergies or sensitivities, please consult your physician prior to purchasing tickets for this exhibition.

  • How do I get FREE next-day access to Biltmore's gardens and grounds?

    Purchase a ticket that includes BOTH Biltmore House AND exhibition admission, and you’ll enjoy FREE next-day access to the estate. That’s a full second day to explore and enjoy all we have to offer, from glorious gardens and grounds to Antler Hill Village & Winery!