Bernini created the Baroque style and then made it his own. He was a great sculptor, artist and architect. Quoting the critic Irving Lavin, he was to create the “Unity of Visual Art”. However his talents did not stop there: he was also a writer and director of satire for theatre. His ability to have the vision of a huge building concept such as St Peter’s Square and construct with such accuracy that today young engineers still marvel, was uncanny. His sculptures make him a worthy successor to Michelangelo as his use of marble is astounding and there are so many examples around Rome. He was a prolific painter, though his medium was oils and usually small as a contrast to his other work. Bernini was to do many commissions for the church and much in St Peter’s Basilica. He designed and constructed The Baldacchino (the four pillars below the cupola), also the Chair of St Peter and much more. At the young age of 23 he was knighted by Pope Gregory XV. Although towards the end of his career, his style was to fall out of favour as neo-classicists would start to criticise baroque and it was not until the late 1800s, when art historians started to dissect its influences on Rome, that his importance and influence and also the magnitude of his life, career and lasting legacy were to start to be appreciated again as they are today.
By joining us on one of our Caravaggio Tours of Rome, you are presented with the wonderful opportunity to follow the footsteps of Caravaggio, but also Bernini - together the great masters of Italian Baroque style. We will take you on a 3-hour tour to highlight their mastery and effect on the world of art and particularly their legacies in Rome.
Putting the emphasis on Michelangelo, Bernini and Caravaggio, we will take a walk in their footsteps.
Our Masters tour will guide you through Baroque Rome with your personal guide, an expert in art history ,to unlock the styles and personal lives of our subjects.
You will meet your private guide at Farnese Square, where you will see the incredible colonnade by Borromini. This is a must see in Baroque Rome and rightfully so. Its perspective game give it an amazing uniqueness.
Then we will stroll to Piazza Navona, where we can visit the Church of St Luis of the French. Its greatest treasure is the cycle of paintings by Caravaggio a study of the life of St Matthew. You will gaze with awe at the world-renowned canvases of The Calling of St Matthew, The inspiration of St Matthew and The Martyrdom of St Matthew.
Your next sto will be the Church of St Agostino, where you will find a feast of Caravaggio and Raphael.
Latterly on your private Masters Tour we will venture onwards to the Church of St Mary Above Minerva, the single extant example of an original Gothic church building in Rome, there is standing the beautiful Elephant of Bernini with its smiling face, you will discover a fun anecdote hidden behind this statue.
Following on we will head to St Ignatius Church, while our final stop will be to the Church of St Andrew of the Fratte. Once inside you will witness the incredible angels sculpted by Bernini for St. Angels Bridge.
This is a titular church with deaconry rank dedicated to the founder of The Society of Jesus. This church is most famous for its fake perspective dome designed by Andrea Pozzo a masterpiece.
Walk back in time with us on this incredible Caravaggio and Bernini Masters Private Tour. Witness the artistic miracles created by the masters in the footsteps of the masters.
- Entrance fees are not included and will be paid on site if requested. Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.