• Key Details •

TICKET FREE WALK

Duration: 3 hours approx
Starting Time: mon, wed, fri AM 10-12
Typology: small group up to 10 people (private available on request)

THE TOUR INCLUDES:
• Spanish steps
• Piazza Barberini
• Santa Maria della Vittoria (Ecstasy of Saint Teresa)
• Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Monument to Sister Maria Raggi and Monument of Cardinal Pimentel)
• Sant’Andrea delle Fratte
• Piazza Navona

Notes

For religious places, an appropriate clothing is required (please cover shoulders and knees).
No admission ticket is required for this tour. Rome – as you may know – is an open-air museum; All you need is the desire to walk in some of the most beautiful streets of the city and the curiosity to discover the career and life of one of the greatest artists of all times.

• Tour Useful Information and Prices •

  • Small group tour up to 10
  • There are no entrance fees nor admission tickets to pay
  • professional art historian licensed live guide
  • Due to the considerable distance and to the not fully equipped path, this walking tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems
  • During the tour we will enter the churches: it is therefore recommended to have your shoulders and knees covered in respect for the sacred places
  • Entrance Time and days in the Churches may vary according to holidays and special celebrations, as a consequence of this, the tour schedule may undergo last minute changes

• Meeting Point •

The art and the life of the genius of the roman baroque

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.

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 life long 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 tour will begin by a visit to one of the most interesting churches in Rome, here we will see the Ecstasty 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 della 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!

As a grand finale we will walk to one of the most famous squares in the world: the spectacular, baroque and amazing PIAZZA NAVONA.

With the Fountain of the Four Rivers Gian Lorenzo Bernini reached a perfect harmony between sculpture and architecture: its beauty will leave you speechless!

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