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Gian Lorenzo Bernini needs no introduction, he simply is one of the most famous artists of our era. In his long life he met seven different Popes and, for most of them, he has been a voice and a symbol. He changed, with his works, the face of Rome and he created some of the most important and memorable works of the whole city. Let’s discover his genious in this “Bernini Private Walking Tour”
The architectural and sculptural works of Bernini in Rome are numerous and with this walking tour we will discover some of the most important and surprising ones.
Not only that! The exploration of the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and their evolution over the years will be an opportunity to retrace the events of his private life, to get to know the man behind the artist, and discover frailty, strengths, his determination, his courage and, sometimes… his tendency to bully, too!
It is famous his lifelong competition with the less fortunate Francesco Borromini! We will discover what turned the two artists into enemies and what led Borromini to a tragic decision.
The Bernini tour will begin with a visit to one of the most interesting churches in Rome, Santa Maria della Vittoria: here we will see the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa and recall the reactions that this unique work of art aroused over the years. We will then be heading to Saint Andrea al Quirinale, to discover Bernini as an architect, as well as a sculptor, and we will finally reach Piazza Barberini where two fountains built by the artist stand out.
Did you think there was only one fountain, the one of the Triton? Well… you are wrong…!
Gian Lorenzo Bernini worked with water for his whole life, since when he was very young and helped in creating the “Barcaccia”, the famous fountain at the Spanish Steps. We will see the house where he lived for years and we will visit the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, which houses two of the angels he made for the Bridge of Sant’Angelo, right in front of the Angel Castle.
Not always Bernini managed to do all he wanted, the way he wanted…
Even this genius of the Baroque age had his dark moments, as you will discover, while listening to the story of the Pantheon’s bell towers, the Propaganda Fide Palace and the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
After recalling the hilarious story of the famous marble elephant decorating the center of the square, we will visit the Church, one of the most beautiful in Rome, and admire two funeral monuments made by the artist!
With the Fountain of the Four Rivers Gian Lorenzo Bernini reached a perfect harmony between sculpture and architecture: its beauty will leave you speechless!
We run only private tours.
We don't run small groups.
We can accommodate time/day request according to our guides' and entry tickets availability.
Final and detailed price will be provided after receiving your request from the contact form.
Starting price for a private tour (2.5 hrs) during the high season (March/Oct) for 2/4 people is 300 euros + tickets (check under "tickets price").
Starting price can be reduced during low season or increased during holidays or last minute requests.
For group larger than four, price will be provided upon request.
What a wonderful experience led by our tour guide, Marta! Our children ages 7 and 5 really absorbed the stories and enjoyed their scavenger huntlooking for specific objects. ... read more
This was our third tour with Joy of Rome and second with Francesca. She has a gift for bringing the stories behind the artworks to life and sharing her enthusiasm.... read more
Our guide Francesca was fantastic! As an art historian and curator of street art, she really made the subject com alive. I strongly recommend this activity for anyone interested in... read more