BAROQUE ROME AND CARAVAGGIO

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The 17th and 18th centuries were a triumph for art in Rome: Popes, cardinals, bankers, noblemen and sponsors commissioned some of the most important works of recent centuries. A number of these works remain recognisable monuments of the city to this day. The Spanish Steps, the fountains of Piazza Navona and the paintings of Caravaggio and San Luigi dei Francesi are some of the most prominent features of an itinerary around locations of unrivalled splendour and magnificence. The starting point for our visit is the Piazza di Spagna, home of the Spanish Steps, one of the city’s most spectacular backdrops and one that has appeared in tens of films (how could we forget Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday enjoying an ice-cream on the famous steps?). The Piazza has, in reality, taken shape over the centuries, while the church of the Trinità dei Monti, with its recognisable double bell-tower structure, was constructed during the 1500s it had to wait around a hundred years before Pietro Bernini and his son, the more celebrated Gian Lorenzo, created the famous Barcaccia fountain, and a further century before the construction of the stunning stairway that joins the Pincio hill above with the streets and the fountain below. Viewed all together the result is, nevertheless, harmonious and unforgettable, the perfect beginning to an itinerary dedicated to the baroque wonders of the city. From here the visit continues passing in front of the church of St. Andrew and its incredible apse and tambour, fruit of the endeavours of the restless genius Francesco Borromini. Some locals even claim that the building ripples as cars go past. It is certainly a miracle of engineering and architecture, which distracts us for a moment from our next stop, the Trevi Fountain, where water and marble, nature and sculpture are in constant dialogue, the impact of this spectacular vision as visitors emerge from the narrow streets that surround it, is breathtaking. And on to the church of St, Yves at La Sapienza and its fantastic architecture, the church of San Luigi dei Francesi with its Caravaggio canvases and, finally, Piazza Navona, the site of the meeting between the greatest artists of the period: Pietro di Cortona (who worked on the interior of Palazzo Pamphilj, today the home of the Brazilian Embassy) and, above all, Bernini and Borromini, who challenged one another with their own masterpieces: the Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone which stand facing each other, as if asking the tourists to decide which is the winner.

 

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Starts: from 9:00 am 3:00 pm
Duration: 3 hours

 

 

PRIVATE TOUR
Kid Friendly: Yes
Disabled Friendly: Yes
Maximum travelers: 8

PRICE
255€ per group

MEETING POINT

At the Spanish Steps in front of the Fountain of the Barcaccia or at your Hotel