An exclusive itinerary to conduct our guests to discover the Baroque, the artistic movement born in Rome in the seventeenth century and characterized by an exuberant, theatrical and wonderful taste, we’ll tell you of the great urban transformations that affected the city of Rome, first under the Pope Urbano VIII (1623 – 1644), and later under the age of the Pope Alessandro VII (1655 – 1667), who transformed the city of Rome in one of the biggest political capitals of Europe. You will discover the places that saw the birth of the great rivalries of the most important artists of the Roman Baroque: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, sculptor, architect and painter from Naples beloved by Urbano VIII, Francesco Borromini, best known as an architect and Bernini’s rival in the arts and last, Giacomo Rainaldi.
The tour will start from “Piazza Navona”, the ancient stadium of the Emperor Domitian, transformed, at the behest of Pope Innocent X (1644 – 1655), in the spectacular square that we can admire today. Here you will see the “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi”, which, located at the center of the square and built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with the sculpture of the Danube, of the Nile, of the Ganges and of the Rio de la Plata, represents the four corners of the Earth.
In front of the fountain by Bernini, our guide will be pleased to show you the church of “Sant’Agnese in Agone”, designed by Rainaldi and amended by Borromini, on the site of the martyrdom of the Saint, who according to legend, would have suffered at that side of the square.
We will visit the church of “Sant’Andrea della Valle” in “Corso Vittorio Emanuele II”, a true jewel of the Roman Baroque, designed and built by renowned architects such as Giacomo Della Porta, Carlo Maderno and Francesco Grimaldi, between 1590 and 1650, thanks to the fundings of the grandson of Pope Sixtus V (1585 – 1590). Inside stands the magnificent fresco of the dome, the second after that of St. Peter, by Giovanni Lanfranco; the stories of St. Andrew, were, however, made by Domenichino.
After a brief stop in front of the “church of sugar”, a nickname by which the Romans were used to describe the “Chiesa della Maddalena”, we will move to the place where stands the “Fontana di Trevi”, one of the largest and of the most famous fountains in Rome. Here you will learn about not only the transformations that the monument and the square adjoining suffered in the course of time (from the project by Bernini until the inauguration in 1735), but also several legends about this famous Roman monument (throw a coin to go back to Rome!).
Last part of the visit is occupied by the exploration of the so-called “Tridente”, the area between “Via del Corso”, “Via del Babuino”, “Via Ripetta” and with “Piazza del Popolo” at the top.
You can admire the famous steps of “Piazza di Spagna” with the facade of the church of “Trinita dei Monti”, and the “Barcaccia”, the first fountain sculpture in the history of Italian art, begun by Pietro Bernini and concluded, then, by his son Gian Lorenzo. Walking along “Via del Babuino”, the route ends in the magical atmosphere of the “Piazza del Popolo”, the point of intersection of the roads of the “Trident” and the emblem of the Romanity, the place where famous characters such as Trilussa, Guttuso and Pasolini walked.