Fountain of the Four Rivers Culture & history

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Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

1. Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

We start with the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria: Hidden behind its elegant façade, this church features a mind-boggling explosion of painting, sculpture, stuccos, marbles, and Baroque architecture. Sculpted angels emerge from the walls and appear to float mid-air – illusionistic paintings brake the boundaries of the walls, catapulting you into a transcendent vision of Angels and Demons. You will marvel at Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, as your guide explains the history behind the most scandalous artwork of the Baroque. This impossibly lifelike statue has shocked and amazed viewers for hundreds of years. Now you can join the legions of viewers who have been enchanted by it as you learn about its gripping story. Ascend the gentle slopes of the Quirinal Hill: Your tour then takes you up one of the Seven Hills of Rome to compare Borromini’s Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane with Bernini’s Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale. Your guide will help you understand the different styles of the two masters, the more audacious and eclectic Borromini, and the more classical and elegant Bernini. Their different styles reflect opposite personalities, and you will learn all about the artists’ rivalry. Behold their monumental legacy on Piazza Navona: Piazza Navona is quite simply an unmissable stop on any tour to Rome. Here, you will admire Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and learn about the legends and stories which surround its construction. This is Rome’s most breathtaking fountain – a glorious artistic achievement with horses galloping out of the rushing water and powerful marble giants reclining on rocky outcrops. Opposite the fountain we will see Borromini’s majestic Church of Sant’Agnese and discover how this building represented the culmination of his career. These two competing buildings stand as an eternal testament to the lives, rivalry, and genius of the two great masters of the Baroque.

Rome: Caravaggio and Baroque Art Private Guided Tour

2. Rome: Caravaggio and Baroque Art Private Guided Tour

This 3-hour private tour of Caravaggio’s art and Rome’s Baroque masterpieces is the perfect opportunity for a close-up look at the artist’s work. Michelangelo Merisi, alias Caravaggio, one of the greatest painters of all time, spent the majority of his life in Rome. The tour begins at Piazza del Popolo and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, where you’ll see The Crucifixion of St. Peter and The Conversion of St. Paul. Then you’ll pass near 2 of Caravaggio’s residences, Palazzo Madama, the seat of the Senate, and Giustiniani Palace, which now houses the offices of the Senate. Your guide will tell you about unusual events in Caravaggio’s life and also provide commentary on the architecture or current functions of the main Italian government houses such as Montecitorio Palace. See the major masterpieces of Caravaggio, including The Life of St. Matthew in St. Louis of France’s Contarelli Chapel, and The Madonna of the Pilgrims in St. Augustine. Admire Baroque architectural masterpieces, including the Church of St. Ignatius. Pass by the Pantheon and hear about its history from your guide. Your tour ends in Piazza Navona, where you’ll be able to admire one of the Bernini’s masterpieces, the Fountain of the 4 Rivers, and Borromini’s façade of St. Agnes in Agony. Hear stories of these rival artists, and about the tragic end of Caravaggio’s life in Rome.

Rome: 3-Hour Highlights and Underground Guided Walking Tour

3. Rome: 3-Hour Highlights and Underground Guided Walking Tour

Discover the most important landmarks in Rome on a walking tour with a professional art historian and local guide. Begin at the Spanish Steps and make your way to Trevi Fountain and the ruins of Vicus Caprarius which lie beneath. Learn about art and history as you explore Rome's famous 2,000-year-old temples including the Pantheon. Your guide will take you underground so you can see what life was like for some of Rome's oldest inhabitants. Browse artisan shops along the way to Piazza Navona, and admire Bernini's and Borromini's masterpieces including the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, then head underground to see the remains of the ancient Stadium of Domitian. End your tour in Campo de Fiori square, a stone's throw from Trastevere, where you can unwind in authentic wineries and tavernas or enjoy some of the best nightlife in the city.

Rome: Twilight Walking Tour and Gelato Tasting

4. Rome: Twilight Walking Tour and Gelato Tasting

Start your tour in Piazza Navona, less of a plaza than a grand outdoor art gallery. You’ll learn about the political intrigues surrounding Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers as well as some of the artistic in-jokes that he carved into the stone. Next, you’ll head into our favorite site in Rome; the 1,900 year old Pantheon. In the early evening this marvel from Antiquity is much less crowded than during the day and your guide will take full advantage of the serenity to tell you about the history of the iconic dome. After your visit of the Pantheon you’ll stop off for a scoop of gelato – Italy’s legendary answer to ice cream — included in the price of the tour. Next, you’ll stroll to the iconic Trevi Fountain. Your friendly, expert guide will explain the history and lore of the fountain before instructing you on how many coins to toss in depending on what wish you are hoping to fulfill (throw enough in and you might meet your soul mate!) Finish your evening stroll at the famous Spanish Steps. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fans will recognize this spot from ‘A Roman Holiday’ - here they bumped into each other

Colosseum and Ancient Rome: Skip the Line Semi Private Tour

5. Colosseum and Ancient Rome: Skip the Line Semi Private Tour

Explore the ancient city of Rome, where ruins abound at almost every corner. Enter the Colosseum and Roman Forum. See must-see places such as Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, and Piazza Venezia. Begin your tour by meeting your guide at the meeting point near the Colosseum. Head to the Colosseum, where you will skip the line on your way inside this world-famous stadium. Learn about the events that once took place here. Skip the line and stroll through the Roman Forum, a rectangular plaza surrounded by ruins of several ancient government buildings that were once the heart of Rome. An archaeological site boasting thousands of stone artifacts and towering columns standing as the only remnants of earlier buildings. The forum is a wonderful place to lose yourself as you roam. Continue through the city, stopping at locations like the bustling Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, and the picturesque Piazza Navona with the Bernini's famous Fountain of Four Rivers.

Rome: Rome at Night Evening Historical Walking Tour

6. Rome: Rome at Night Evening Historical Walking Tour

Experience the beauty of Rome at night and take this tour through the Eternal City, brilliantly lit and bustling with life in the evening. Stop at some of Rome's iconic historical sites. Visit Piazza Spagna, The Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. Explore Rome at night, when it is especially beautiful, with its monuments and fountains lit up, making them stand out in the dim evening light. See Rome as it settles down for the evening, with locals settling in for "aperitivo" before dinner, and people taking their evening stroll, the city comes to life in an ethereal way at night. Meet your friendly, professional tour guide in Piazza Spagna, right in front of the Spanish Steps. Learn about the steps and the square and how communities from Spain, France, and England have all come together here at different points in history. Pass by the big fashion house storefronts, make your way to the Trevi Fountain, and watch the lights dancing on the water and the reflections on the beautiful marble of the world’s most famous fountain. Toss in a coin before following the guide to the Pantheon. Walk past an Ancient Roman temple on your way to the Pantheon and its busy square. See this temple, now used as a church, and learn all about its construction in 125 AD and how it is still used today. Continue the tour and move on to Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the city. Admire the square's gorgeous Fountain of the Four Rivers and restaurants lining the piazza, people out for a stroll, and street performers providing entertainment. Move on to Largo Argentina after learning the history and symbolism of Piazza Navona. Explore Largo di Torre Argentina and learn about the famous site of Julius Caesar’s assassination. Travel to Piazza Venezia to see the giant Vittoriano monument shining brightly at night for some of the best photos on your trip. Get to know Rome at night and leave the tour with a whole new appreciation for the Eternal City.

Rome Highlights Private Tour From Civitavecchia Port

7. Rome Highlights Private Tour From Civitavecchia Port

Enjoy a full-day, comprehensive tour of Rome, with direct transfers from the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia Port. Transfer by luxury vehicle to the city center, and start your sightseeing tour at Piazza Venezia and the National Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the 1st king of a unified Italy. Continue into the heart of Ancient Rome at the ruined temples of the Roman Forum. Learn about life in the Roman Republic at the massive amphitheater of the Colosseum. Next, get panoramic views of the domes of Rome from the hills of the Capitilone and Palatine. See the site of the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills. Go to the remains of the Baths of Caracalla, the 2nd largest of the public baths in Ancient Rome. Then, marvel at the well-preserved façade of the Pantheon, Ancient Rome’s temple to all the gods. Be enchanted by Piazza Navona, with its handsome Baroque and Renaissance monuments, including Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. See another Bernini fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain on Piazza di Trevi. Enjoy a traditional Italian lunch, before spending the afternoon at the world’s smallest state in the Vatican City. Wander more than 7 kilometers of galleries in the Vatican Museums to see historic maps, masterpieces by Raphael, and Michelangelo’s glorious Sistine Chapel. End with a tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica, the most important church in the Catholic world, before returning to your cruise ship at the end of an enlightening day.

Rome: Private Tour of Navona Square with Undergrounds

8. Rome: Private Tour of Navona Square with Undergrounds

Get an insider’s view of Rome’s most famous square on a walking tour of Piazza Navona and its undergrounds with a local guide. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide at the square where you will fully immerse yourself in its history and archeology. Stop to admire the Fountain of Four Rivers and learn more about Bernini's creativity. Then, go below street level to the underground ruins and learn about Piazza Navona's fascinating past. Travel back in time to Ancient Rome and discover the ancient origins of the square’s name and peculiar shape.

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Private Walking Tour

9. Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Private Walking Tour

Day-1 Explore Rome on this full-day sightseeing tour. A licensed guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the sights that you want to see. In the Vatican Museums you will discover the vast papal collection of art, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Enter St. Peter's Basilica to gaze in awe at works of art such as Michelangelo's “Pietà” and Bernini’s Towers. Marvel at the monuments of Piazza Navona, and take a stroll around Bernini’s stunning Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi fountain. Go to the Pantheon, a 2,000-year-old pagan temple, to see the best-preserved monument of the Roman Republic.  Wander the streets and squares of the city center to see iconic sights, such as the Trevi Fountain. Throw a coin in the water if you one day want to return to Rome. Day-2 On this day, visit Colosseum and learn about life in the ancient city as you walk through the below-ground area where gladiators waited for battle, then continue to the arena. Step into the darkened chambers where gladiators prepared to meet their match in the arena, and see a recreated timber elevator that shows how animals were lifted up toward the spotlight.  Keep exploring Roman history in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where you’ll see temples, arches, and landmarks from the Roman Republic and Empire. Roman Forum, the center of life in Ancient Rome where people conducted business, sought justice, and discussed politics and philosophy. Then head to Palatine Hill, overlooking Circus Maximus, where the She-Wolf Lupa nursed the twin founders of Rome: Romulus and Remus. It is the oldest part of Rome and the area later favored by Rome’s richest and most powerful families.  Stroll through the quaint Trastevere District whose cobbled lanes are home to favorite local restaurants and cafes. Walk through the district with your guide, stopping at various eateries for tastings of classic Roman dishes like pasta, pizza bianca (pizza with no tomato sauce), fresh mozzarella cheese, locally cured salami and artisan gelato.

Rome: Colosseum, Forum & Pantheon Tour for Kids with Gelato

10. Rome: Colosseum, Forum & Pantheon Tour for Kids with Gelato

Embark on a kid-friendly tour and visit the world's largest amphitheater – the Colosseum. Avoid the long lines and follow your guide to the priority access entrance of the magnificent arena. Following your stay at the Colosseum, visit the Arch of Constantines and the Roman Forum. Marvel at the ancient buildings and monuments of the former political, religious, and social hub of the Roman Empire. Walk up along the Sacred Way that brings you to the Capitoline Hill and the Vittoriano. After taking in fascinating views of the Eternal City, stroll down along the narrow alleys that will lead you to the Pantheon. See the tomb of the famous architect and painter Raphael and then, head to the Ancient Baths of Nero at the Piazza Navona. Admire Bernini's wonderful Fountain of the Four Rivers. Conclude the tour with a taste of original Gelato.

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What people are saying about Fountain of the Four Rivers

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Our guide shared his knowledge & love of Caravaggio with us, along with outstanding recommendations for books, more pieces to visit and where, along with Milan recommendations for churches and historical sites. Couldn't recommend this tour more! I have nerve damage so we had to make frequent stops along the way but he didn't act like it was ever an issue or tried to rush the experience, which was so appreciated!

The tour was excellent but the only thing I wanted to add was that it was just a tad difficult to find the tour guide. Maybe better indication for the guide at the meeting spot. Otherwise I fully recommend this tour as it was insightful, fun and really beautiful.

Valentina showed us a beautiful tour of ancient Rome. We received a lot of interesting information and experienced history up close. Despite hot temperatures and many steps, we were fascinated. We thank Valentina for this unforgettable trip.

James did an excellent job. A very nice and knowledgable guy, thank you.

Informative relaxing stroll. With lots of information