Holy Art & Architecture Tour Description
Concentrated in the centre of the Eternal City, this Holy Art & Architecture Tour provides an introduction to some of the lesser well known architectural and artistic features of Rome.
Perfect for those who want to see some main sites but also get to see something most other visitors miss, this tour is a short 2 hour walking tour that is great for those on a budget.
Beginning at the historic Chiesa Nuova, or properly called church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, you will learn of the fascinating and spooky life of Philip Neri and his impact on Rome. You will marvel at the stunning frescoes around the church and learn about the churches fabulous pedigree.
From there, you will continue on to the world-famous Piazza Navona, where you will see the features of this ancient arena designed by masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Borromeo including the stunning church of Sant’Agnese.
After learning of the fascinating stories of the square and the rivalry between the architects, you continue on to the church of San Luigi dei Francesi which is home to masterpieces of one of arts most gifted and troubled artists – Caravaggio. For those particularly interested in this artistic master, we also offer a Caravaggio Art Tour.
From the masterpieces of Caravaggio, you then meander on to the awe inspiring ancient Pantheon with it’s colossal dome and mind boggling architecture. Eternally impressive, this area of Rome has a certain charm despite the throngs of tourists.
You will deftly avoid the travellers however by continuing on a little further to an under-appreciated and quiet Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva – one of the most beautiful churches in Rome that few know exists – with its unique architecture and interior art, in addition to being the resting place of the artist Fra. Angelico and the Doctor of the Church, St Catherine of Siena.
From there you journey on through the centuries to the huge church of St Ignatius - the mother church of the Jesuits - learning of the new epoch of architecture and artist and why it came to be before finishing at the stunning church of the Gesù – a church full of fascinating stories.