Exploring a city so rich in history from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance and beyond is an adventure only to be undertaken alongside an expert. Our local guides are here to demystify the legends and uncover the truths of Rome, from the brutality and bravery of the Gladiators of the Colosseum, to the tranquil beauty of the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill and on to the splendor of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the Borghese Gallery. Delve deep into the wonders of Rome with our professional and personable guides, on hand to answer all of your questions on the Ancient city.
The tour will start with the history of this precious collection and the beautiful mansion that displays it. You’ll be intrigued by the jaw-dropping life stories of the cardinal Scipione Borghese, one of the most colorful personalities of Rome and a powerful patron of art who has created this very museum by the collecting, commissioning and even stealing of artworks.
You’ll be impressed by the controversial baroque bad-boy Caravaggio, a genius of art but also a criminal arrested for murder. His personality is written in his darkly dramatic and blatantly realistic paintings that have changed the course of art history. A particularly intense example is his gruesome self-portrait on the chopped head of Goliath that David showed proudly to the spectators.
The real superstar of the gallery, however, is behind the sculptures. Bernini was the most influential sculptor of baroque Rome who has left his indelible marks from the Trevi Fountain to St. Peter’s Square. A favorite of the cardinal, he has created stunningly beautiful works for the Borghese palace like the Rape of Proserpina and Apollo and Daphne, which captured the fleeting moment of movement in space and magically transformed the marble into flesh. It is an unforgettably moving experience seeing his statues close-up.
Other highlights include Raphael’s Entombment and Lady with Unicorn that embody the ideal of Renaissance beauty. As the collection is highly manageable, this 2-hour visit will allow you to see all of the rooms at an unhurried pace and to fall in love with art like never before.
Romain was AMAZING!!! I will 100% be recommending him to our friends! Our Louvre tour was one of my kids favorite things we did and they said it was because of Romain.
Highly recommend. Private tour is a great way to get more personalized insights on Paris history. Guide was very knowledgeable. Will definitely use again.
We have done several tours with Localers and they are definitely worth the money! We are pretty independent travelers, but there is no substitute for local knowledge. Localers has the best guides!
I did 2 tours with Localers and would enthusiastically do more when I return to Paris. The main reason is the quality of the tours themselves, the fact they are authentic experiences, and you learn so much!
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