Bernini created the Baroque style and then made it his own. He was a great sculptor, an artist as well as an 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 still marvels today's young engineers 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 criticize 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 - great masters of Italian Baroque style together. 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.
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 as its perspective game gives it an amazing uniqueness.
Stroll to Piazza Navona so that we may 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. 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.
Make a stop at the Church of St Agostino, where you will find a feast of Caravaggio and Raphael art ready to be analyzed and admired.
Later, on your private Masters Tour, venture onwards to the Church of St Mary Above Minerva, the single extant example of an original Gothic church building in Rome where the beautiful Elephant of Bernini with its smiling face is standing, you will discover a fun anecdote hidden behind this statue. This church also holds an often overlooked masterpiece by Michelangelo designed during 1519-1520 named The Risen Christ - Cristo della Minerva.
Following on, 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 masterpiece fake perspective dome designed by Andrea Pozzo.
Walk back in time with us on this incredible Caravaggio and Bernini Masters Private Tour. Witness the artistic miracles created by the masters by following in their footsteps.
- 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.