In the Footsteps of Bernini

Retrace the path of this incredible sculptor, architect and painter who created the Baroque style of sculpture

Focus

  • Art
  • History
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

See Baroque Rome through the eyes of its unparalleled sculptor and architect Gianlorenzo Bernini, whose masterpieces extensively shaped the Eternal city

Discover the plots of the Papacy in XVI Century and understand the open (and hidden) links that lay between art and power thanks to the life and problem of this great artist

If you are an Art History lover or especially interested in architecture, marvel at the huge compendium Bernini left for posterity in his stunning masterpieces!

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

3 hours

START TIME

09:00 - 15:30

PICK UP

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour

NOT AVAILABLE

Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

WHEELCHAIRS

Wheelchairs may need to take a slightly alternative path through the city center.

What's Included
  • Blue badge certified tour private guide
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop off back to your hotel/accommodation after the tour (available upon request)
  • Extras

Sites you’ll visit

  • Rione Colonna
  • Piazza Barberini
  • Santa Maria della Vittoria
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • This is the III district in Rome's historic center and it takes its name from the honorary column of Marcus Aurelius, erected for the triumph of the Emperor over Germanic populations, at the end of the II century AD. The main churches you can visit are San Lorenzo in Lucina and Sant'Andrea delle Fratte. This is where Bernini and Borromini lived the most part of their time in Rome. The district houses also the seat of the Italian Government and Parliament.
  • A famous square in Rome with heavy ties to the Baroque age due to the large Palazzo Barberini located on the square, home to the National gallery of Ancient Art, the biggest collection in Rome. As a centerpiece to the Piazza, there is the Fontana del Tritone, a beautifully sculpted fountain by Bernini.
  • Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the church is mostly known for holding the masterpiece of the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa within its Chapel. The statue was crafted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini between the years 1647–1652 and created controversy due to the expressions depicted within the perfectly worked face within the marble sculpture.
  • One of only 4 Major Basilicas of Rome and the largest dedicated to Saint Mary was built between 422-432 under the instruction of Pope Celestine the first. The mesmerizing mosaics covering the triumphal arch and nave gave a model for future representations of the Virgin Mary.

Tour description

The works of this incredible sculptor, architect and painter are spread almost everywhere around Rome. Bernini was an Italian artist and perhaps the greatest sculptor of the 17th century.


He created the Roman Baroque style and developed it to such an extent that other artists are of only minor importance in any discussion of that style. When he died at 82, after having served eight popes, he was widely considered not only Europe’s greatest artist, but also one of its greatest men. He was the last of Italy’s remarkable series of universal geniuses, and the Baroque style he helped create was the last Italian style to become an international standard. Set off on a tour with your private guide to discover Bernini’s impressive masterpieces.


Start in the Rione Colonnaan old district where the artist lived, where you will also discover some of his sculptures and appreciate the characteristics of his style. Stroll through the historical center and reach the Barberini Palace, where you will admire the architectures and fountains commissioned by Barberini family for their headquarter.


Head to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, where you will admire the Cornaro Chapel with the famous statue of the Ecstasy of St. Teresa.


End your tour in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, where Bernini’s father, Pietro, was commissioned for some sculptures and reliefs and where Gian Lorenzo, the son, was buried in 1680.


Useful information

Appropriate clothing is highly recommended. Please be aware that the access to holy sites requires a strict dress code. Churches are part of the itinerary. Shoulders and knees have to be properly covered.

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