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!
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!
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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