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Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

Activity provider: Walks Inside Rome

Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

Activity provider: Walks Inside Rome

From US$ 173.94 per person

Join your guide and discover the art and lives of the two greatest geniuses of the Baroque period. Marvel at the works of these famous artists as you explore Rome and its notable sites.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
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Experience

Highlights
  • Come face-to-face with Rome’s masterful Baroque monuments
  • Discover the fascinating history of Bernini and Borromini’s rivalry
  • Explore Rome’s highlights: from enchanting churches to stunning squares
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Expert licensed guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria Via Venti Settembre, 17, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

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  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted
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Knowledgeable guide

September 9, 2022

Was a great tour, the guide explained to me the sites even the ones off the beaten path. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a personal tour that will go at your pace and wants a relaxed tour experience.

September 13, 2022

Amazing tour!

October 21, 2022

Product ID: 427836