Eyes of Rome

In The Footsteps of Raffaello

Honoring the 500th death anniversary of the Prince of Painters

Focus

  • Art
  • History

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 - 10:00

TRANSFER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Transfer to the tour site included

NOT AVAILABLE

Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

WHEELCHAIRS

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

What's Included
  • Blue badge certified private tour guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • One Way Transfer from your hotel/accommodation to the tour site


Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop Off back to your hotel/accommodation
  • Extras


Sites you’ll visit

  • Sant'Agostino
  • Via Dei Coronari
  • Via Giulia
  • Ponte Sisto
  • Villa Farnesina
  • The small Piazza and Church share the same name of Sant'Agostino. The church is listed as being one of the very first churches in Rome that was built during the Renaissance age and is home to a very important early piece of Baroque work, the painting of "Madonna di Loreto" by Caravaggio. The facade of the church was built in 1483 using travertine rock taken from the Colosseum!
  • This charming alley, flanked by buildings mostly erected in the 15th and the 16th century, belongs entirely to the rione Ponte. Known by locals for its unique antiques stores, it is one of the most picturesque streets of the old city, having maintained the character of an authentic Renaissance street.
  • Via Giulia was designed around 1508 and dedicated to Pope Julius II as a very early example of urban renewal. The street runs from the Ponte Sisto to the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, following the tight curve of the Tiber. Its urban layout was placed in the hands of Donato Bramante, who was in charge of the works at the new Basilica of Saint Peter, taking shape on the other side of the river.
  • Named after Pope Sixtus IV, this bridge was designed by the architect Baccio Pontelli, who reused the foundations of a prior Roman bridge, the Pons Aurelius, which had been destroyed during the early Middle Ages.The construction of the current bridge occurred between 1473 and 1479. Today's traffic on the bridge is restricted to pedestrians. It offers one of the most romantic viewson the river and on St. Peter's dome at sunset.
  • This villa is one of the clearest example of Renaissance art and architecture in Rome: a place where to be surrounded by Beauty. The rooms of the palace are frescoed by Raphael, his pupils and Renaissance masters. The private estate was property of a banker named Agostino Chigi who, approximately five hundreds years ago, was likely to be considered one of the richest men in the world. The decoration features the famous Loggia of Amore and Psiche, with paintings inspired by the Roman myths, and is renowed for the owners’ private bedrooms, where he apparently spent a long time …

Tour description

One of the leading figures of Italian Renaissance, Raffaello, came from a steep sloping hillside village called Urbino, in the Marche region. Son of the painter Giovanni Santi, although becoming an orphan at the tender age of 11, Raphael run his father's workshop and made his apprenticeship with Pietro Perugino in Umbria. Once in Florence, he took his rightful place in the Holy Trinity of high Renaissance masters along with, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Then he moved to Rome, where he worked for Pope Julius II with the commission to decorate his private apartments.  


Start this off the beaten path tour in a hidden church not far from the famous Piazza Navona. You'll admire a fresco by Raffaello, that will allow you to compare his style with the figures of Prophets and Sibyls by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.


Continue through the charming streets of Via dei Coronari and Via Giulia, the latter once being home to the famous painter, while designing a chapel within the small church of Sant’Eligio degli Orefici (it is possible extend this tour of roughly 30 minutes if you wish to tour the church).


Head to the Tiber river and cross Ponte Sisto, a bridge built in dedication of Pope Sixtus IV ad offering a fantastic view over St. Peter's Dome. You'll enter into the quaint and characteristic part of Rome named, Trastevere. This area was a favorite of Raffaello due to it being where Margherita Luti once lived: she is the Fornarina (litterally baker's daughter) the artist fell deeply in love with and he painted in many artworks, using her as a model.

The final stop in this historical walking tour is one of the clearest examples of Renaissance art and architecture in Rome: Villa Farnesina, private residence of the richest man in Rome Renaissance period. The interior walls are blanketed by priceless Raffaello frescoes, including the Triumph of Galatea and the Loggia of Amore and Psiche, inspired by Ancient Roman myths.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome operates on a Full Refund Policy of the amount paid during the booking for cancellations made with 30-days minimum notice
  • For cancellations/amendments requested from 30 to 3 days from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge or hold from the downpayment % of your booking
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 72 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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