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People Square (Ramses II's Obelisk) - Basilica of Sta. Maria del Popolo (Caravaggio's canvases: St. Peter's Martyrdom and St. Paul's Conversion; Chigi chapel by Raphael - Augustus' Mausoleum and Ara Pacis - Hydrometer - S. Augustine (Caravaggio's canvas: Pilgrims' Madonna, Raphael's Isaiah) - St. Louis of France (Caravaggio's canvases: St. Matthew's life episodes - St. Ivo alla Sapienza, masterpiece church by Borromini.
Tour Code & Name: RS/04 - Renaissance & Baroque Rome (S)
Duration: 3 hours approximately
Meeting Point: Piazza del Popolo - near People Gate at the steps of church Santa Maria del Popolo
Departure Time: 9:00 A.M.
Operating days: all year round but Sundays and religious holidays
For 2007 the religious Holidays are: January 1,6, March 19, April 9, May 1, 17, June 7, 29, August 15, 16, November 1, December 8, 25,26
Handicapped Visitors: itinerary feasible with wheelchair
Transportation: entirely walking tour
Entrance Fees: none
Languages availability: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Other languages on demand.
Dress Code: entrance to the Churches requires appropriate attire: covered shoulders, long or short sleeves (no sleeveless arms), long trousers for gentlemen and skirts or trousers, long enough to cover their knees, for ladies.
Booking: tours should be booked at least 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Anyhow you may always send us an e-mail at any time and we will make all the efforts to meet your requirements.
Detailed itinerary description
Conducted by a qualified tour guide, this walking itinerary starts at the People Square.
Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, which fašade is a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture with little baroque additions by Bernini in 17th c.
Its interior is divided by solid stone piers in a nave and two aisles and it was restored by Bernini, who added on the arch spans couples of baroque stucco statues of Saints.
In the right aisle the first chapel (Della Rovere chapel) was painted by Pinturicchio (St. Jerome life episodes and Adoration of Infant Jesus).
In the left aisle the second chapel (Chigi chapel) was created by Raphael, who designed the two opposite tombs of Agostino Chigi and his brother Sigismondo. In the altar piece Sebastiano del Piombo painted The Nativity of St. Mary.
In the chapel on the left of High altar are Caravaggio's canvases St. Peter's Crucifixion and St. Paul's Conversion, dated 1601.
Leave the church going to the center of the square, where in 1589 Pope Sixtus V ordered the erection of the Egyptian obelisk dated 13th c. B.C., which previously was, since 10 B.C., in the center of Circus Maximus.
Two hemicycles are at the sides of the People Square, designed (1800-1823) by architect G. Valadier, who created the beautiful terracing of the Pincio Park.
A monumental gate closes the square on the northern side while on the opposite side there are two almost twin churches of 17th c.: Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria of Miracles.
Walk to Piazza Augusto Imperatore, where are the ruins of Caesar Augustus' Mausoleum, monumental tomb of the first roman emperor, who died in 14 A.D.
Nearby is the Ara Pacis, an enormous altar with precious marble bas-reliefs, consecrated by the emperor in 9 B.C.
In the square there are three churches: St. Charles, St. Jerome and St. Rocco. On the external wall of St. Rocco we will see the Hydrometer, a marble pilaster where are marked in different heights the Tiber river floods (notice the highest of 1589).
Arrive in a short time to the church of St. Augustine, built 1479 to 1483. It has a fašade similar to Santa Maria del Popolo, in early Renaissance style, designed by Giacomo da Pietrasanta.
The interior is divided by marble pillars and prophet figures. Main altar was designed by Bernini (1627).
On the third left pillar of the nave, Raphael painted the Prophet Isaiah.
In the first chapel of the left aisle is the stupendous masterpiece painted by Caravaggio: Pilgrims' Madonna.
After a 5 minutes walking visit the church of St Louis of French, French national church in Rome.
In its interior, in the second chapel of the right aisle, Domenichino painted St. Caecilia's life episodes; the altar piece was painted by Guido Reni after an original by Raphael which is in Bologna.
The most important works are in the fifth chapel in the left aisle. The splendid canvases painted by Caravaggio in 1605 and they are: St. Matthew's calling, St. Matthew's martyrdom and St. Matthew and the Angel.
Leaving the church pass near the Madama Palace, seat of Italian Senate and visit the splendid baroque church of St. Ivo designed by the best architect of baroque Rome: Francesco Borromini.
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