Baroque Rome Full Day Tour
Tour led by art historians in small group of 15 people maximum include lunch
Daily departures on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Pick up : From your hotel in Rome from 8:45 Am. Our staff will contact you directly at your hotel for information regarding the exact pick up time. It is also possible to be accompanied back to the hotel at the end of the tour.
We apologize for eventual delays due to traffic conditions
Please note that this is mostly a walking tour, we suggest to wear comfortable shoes, sleeveless and shorts are not allowed, outfits are permitted
Our visit of the city of the 16th century starts from the Tiber, big artery of the town. In the heart of Rome a little island on the river: the Isola Tiberina. It was the original landing- lace for the city and its centre. Its characteristic shape (the form of a ship's bow) and the legend of its foundation are just two of its attractions that fascinate visitors. On the little island we'll find the Church of San Bartolomeo and we can be fascinated from the legend of the ship of Esculapius and the sanctuary dedicated to him. On the left riverside the Ghetto: established in Rome by order of Pope Paul IV Carafa in 1555 and dismantled in the middle of the 19 th century under Pope Pius IX. With a little walk we'll reach Piazza Mattei, characterized by the Turale Fountain, worked by Giacomo della Porta and completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Not far from this square we'll find Campo de' Fiori: the oldest fruit and vegetable market in Rome. Campo de' Fiori with its flower stalls and cries of its vendors is a Roman square par excellence. At the end of this excursion Piazza Farnese, elegant square of immense proportions, within the stage wings of the fountains and the majestic architectonic back-drop of the Farnese palace.
Two centuries of the history of Rome, starting with the visit of Piazza Navona: the "living room" of Baroque Rome, court of the Pamphilj family and setting for the artistic wonders of two great protagonists of the 17 th century: Bernini and Borromini. Conserved in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi we can admire the probably most wellknown works by Caravaggio. After this church we'll visit the Pantheon: a perfect round temple and model for generations of architects from ancient times until modern. Going on with our tour we'll reach the Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola: the second Jesuit church in Rome conserves a frescoed vault of a rare and perfect plan of perspective which gives the visitor the impression of an optical illusion. Not far from Sant'Ignazio, Piazza Colonna: in this square we find the column (colonna) of Marcus Aurelius which some Romans call Antonine. Now, the Trevi Fountain: still astonishes the visitor with the scenographic impact. At the end of the tour the Quirinal Hill, which is today the residence of the President of the Republic.