Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived in Rome from 1592 to 1606, and his bold, naturalistic style soon became the rage of art collectors of the day. The strong contrast of light and dark, good and evil, both in his art and in his life, make him a compelling figure to modern art lovers as well. The tour begins at the Contarelli Chapel in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, where the stories of St. Matthew come to life in three splendid, dramatic works by Caravaggio. Also in the church are works of Caravaggio's Roman master, Cesare Allegri, known as the Cavalier d’Arpino, and a chapel with a cycle on the life of Saint Cecilia by Caravaggio's contemporary, the classical master Domenichino. At the Church of Sant’Agostino is Caravaggio's famous "Madonna of Loreto," as well as an admired fresco of the Prophet Isaiah by Raphael. The tour continues through the Campo Marzio neighborhood, where Caravaggio killed Ranuccio Tommasoni da Terni in 1606, an event that led to his exile from Rome to Naples. Finally, in the Cerasi Chapel of the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in the elegant Piazza del Popolo, are the stunning "Vocation of Saint Paul" and "Crucifixion of Saint Peter." In the same church are renowned statutes of Daniel and Habakkuk and the Angel by Bernini; the Chigi Chapel, with a ceiling decorated by Raphael; and two chapels decorated by Pintoricchio. Make it a full day: The Borghese Gallery Tour includes Rome's largest collection of Caravaggio works, as well as numerous other must-see sculptures and paintings for any lover of Italian art. Book together for a full day of Caravaggio!
- This is a private tour, for your gr-zExpert, licensed English-speaking guide
- Local guide will travel with your private group to the site
- Only one-way transportation to the site is provided
- The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
- The Church of Sant’Agostino
- The Church of Saint Maria del Popolo
- Modest attire is required in churches and basilicas; knees and shoulders must be covered.
- This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. Please contact us directly and we will devise alternate routes suitable for you.
- Is there a dress code I should know about?
- There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as storage accommodations are not usually available.
- What if there is bad weather?
- Our tours operate rain or shine!
- Is tipping customary in Italy?
- Tipping is not as customary in Italy as in the United States and is not always expected. However, it is always a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave "a little something extra," depending on the level of service you receive.
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- Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
- Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
- Can tours be modified?
- If you would prefer to customize your tour to eliminate some sites, please feel free to contact us to discuss options.
- How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
- Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
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- What is your cancellation policy?
- Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
- How do I amend a reservation?
- Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
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- What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
- Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.