Baroque Rome Private Walking Tour


Embodying extravagance and theatricality, Baroque goes beyond an artistic movement and reaches its richest expression in seventeenth-century Rome. Led by an art historian, this 3-hour walking tour takes you to marvel at paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Baroque era that have fully transformed the Eternal City, whilst offering a deeper understanding of each historical beauty.

Pushing the doors inside several hidden churches that most tourists will never see, you’ll encounter some of the finest masterpieces of Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini in their original context – a “wow” moment is guaranteed!
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    Why you'll love this

  • Step into seventeenth-century Rome, the world’s beating heart of art and power
  • Discover off-the-beaten-path sites that will take your breath away: the San Carlo, Il Gesù, Sant’ Ignazio church and more
  • Appreciate works of Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini inside their original homes
  • Follow a friendly art historian to demystify Baroque art in its context

    What's included

  • The most beautiful churches and piazzas of the Baroque era
  • An engaging, friendly and fully accredited specialist guide
  • Valuable interactions with a dedicated art historian

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Your guide

An encyclopedic knowledge of the streets of Rome and Roman culture comes from years of exploring; that’s why our city tours are run by local guides, eager to share their love of the Ancient city with our visitors from across the globe. Leaving no story untold and no mystery unsolved, our guides adapt each tour to each client, bringing the history of Rome to life for all and serving up a slice of la dolce vita along the way!


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Last reviewed: November 08 2019
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  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    6 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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The itinerary

Starting at the Repubblica square, our first stop is just a few steps away: the often overlooked church of Santa Maria della Vittoria. It houses the magnificent sculptural complex of Bernini – Ecstasy of St. Teresa, featured prominently in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. This sculpture is fully staged by the surrounding decorations, offering a textbook example of baroque theatricality.

Next up, however, is a much quieter but more elegant example, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane designed by Bernini’s biggest rival, Borromini. This church, despite its small size, is a favorite among architects. Its intricate dome is a perfect play of geometry. Here we’ll compare the contrasting personalities of Bernini and Borromini, digging deeper into the aesthetic details that define the high Baroque art.

Passing by the presidential complex of the Quirinal palace, we’ll discover two churches of the powerful Jesuits order: Il Gesù and Chiesa di Sant’ Ignazio. We’ll not only marvel at the chill-inducing trompe-l’oeil false-perspectives that open up the ceilings to heaven, we’ll also learn about the role of the Catholic Church in shaping the Baroque style, as the counter-reformation became the ultimate art patron.

After a short stop in the courtyard of Borromini’s S.Ivo alla Sapienza, we’ll visit the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi, where you will enjoy the once-in-a-life-time experience of seeing three masterpieces of Caravaggio, another baroque genius, under the church’s original dim lights. This tour ends at the unmissable Piazza Navona. You’ll be able to look at this must-see sight of Rome from a baroque perspective that you have developed during this tour!

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