“Explore the true hidden baroque gems of Rome with an art historian that will help you to relive one of the most glorious moments in the history of the city.”
Our tour begins in Piazza Navona, historic artist’s square with its three fountains and the majestic Sant’Agnese in Agone (St. Agnes church). Learn about the rivalry between the two greatest artists of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, who “battled” their way into art history through the monuments adorning the piazza.
Located behind the hidden walls of Palazzo alla Sapienza and only a few steps away from the Senate of Italy, the church of Sant’Ivo is a real hidden gem of Baroque history in Rome. What makes this 17th century church a marvel to behold is the ecstatic dome designed by Borromini with its swirling and dancing lantern – a unique and exclusive view even for locals.
Our journey continues through the famous Campo de Fiori square and the monumental Palazzo Farnese, designed by Michelangelo, where we will visit the hidden church of San Girolamo della Carità, first meeting place for St. Philip Neri’s Oratorians. The splendid Spada chapel was designed by Borromini and represents an exceptional Baroque masterpiece, shining with its polychrome marbles and unique walls.
Finally, we will travel through time by visiting the best preserved Baroque palace of Rome: Palazzo Doria-Pamphilij. Strolling through the royal apartments decorated with magnificent tapestries, antique furniture and colorful frescos, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the family’s amazing art collection that includes works by Raphael, Velázquez, Titian and Rubens.