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Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo) Tours

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Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo)
Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo) is the most important church in Rome’s sweeping Piazza del Popolo. With a 17th-century facade designed by Bernini, chapels by Bramante and Raphael, and museum-quality art by Pinturicchio and Caravaggio, the church is a highlight on any tour of Roman art treasures, architecture, or Catholic sights.
 
The Basics
Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, one of three churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Piazza del Popolo, was rebuilt in the 15th century over a chapel erected in 1099. Gian Lorenzo Bernini reworked the facade in the 1650s, and stunning frescoes, mosaics, and paintings were added over the centuries to decorate the church and its ornate chapels.
 
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is a highlight of private and small-group tours focused on Rome’s artistic masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries, as it contains works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Carracci, and Bernini. Fans of author Dan Brown can join an Angels and Demons tour that visits Roman sites featured in his bestselling novel. Santa Maria del Popolo, one of Rome’s Augustinian basilicas, is also an important house of worship and included in most tours of the city’s Catholic landmarks.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended, especially if you are visiting the basilica as part of a walking tour.
  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the church.
  • As in all of Rome’s churches, modest attire that covers shoulders and knees is required to enter.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is located on Piazza del Popolo, one of the most important squares in Rome. You can reach the square by taking Metro line A and getting off at the Flaminio stop.
 
When to Get There
The cool and quiet interior of the church is a welcome respite from the heat and crowds in Piazza del Popolo in the summer, though the church closes for a few hours starting around midday on weekdays and Sundays (open all day Saturday). Tourists are not allowed to enter when Mass is being celebrated, so check the schedule carefully before planning your visit.
 
Angels and Demons in Rome
Rome was the setting of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel Angels and Demons, published in 2000 and inspired by the secret society known as the Illuminati. The book casts a number of Rome’s most important historic sights as plot points or backdrops for the mystery. Included are the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant’Angelo.

Address: Piazza del Popolo, 12, Rome, Province of Rome 00187, Italy
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Caravaggio Art Walking Tour of Rome with Pantheon Visit

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour of Rome with Pantheon Visit

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Admire Caravaggio paintings in Rome and learn about the baroque painter’s tumultuous life in Italy on this art-themed walking tour with a guide. See two of his famous works at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and another at the Basilica of Sant'Agostino, as well as work by Raphael. Finish up with a visit inside the Pantheon while you learn about and discuss the history of Caravaggio in Rome.
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Rome: Angels and Demons Tour Half-Day Semi-Private

Rome: Angels and Demons Tour Half-Day Semi-Private

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For a twist on the typical city tour, immerse yourself into the Rome of ‘Angels and Demons,’ Dan Brown’s bestselling novel. Inspired by the book, this sightseeing adventure takes you on a treasure hunt through the Eternal City, following the trail of the secret society known as the Illuminati. As you go, you’ll see top Rome attractions like the Pantheon, St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo.
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Piazze di Roma – The Living Rooms of the City

Piazze di Roma – The Living Rooms of the City

Immerse yourself in the squares of Rome. Experience the art and history in these public squares, that make Rome an open-air museum. Highlights of the guided tour: Visit the gardens of the "Castel Sant'Angelo". On the way to the "Via del Corso", we will pass the "Supreme Court of Cassation", the "Museo dell'Ara Pacis" and the "Mausoleo of Augustus". Followed by a visit to the impressive Basilica "Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso", with the heart of St. Charles Borromeo. Continued by the "Piazza del Popolo" and "Santa Maria del Popolo" with its masterpieces by Pinturicchio, Rafael, Bernini, Caravaggio and Carlo Fontana. Followed by the romantic "Piazza di Spagna". The church "Sant'Andrea delle Fratte" houses masterpieces by Bernini and Borromini. Then we discover "San Lorenzo in Lucina" with the grate on which St. Lawrence was martyred. Highlight is the Basilica "Sant'Ignazio di Loyola", the second most important church of the Jesuits, with impressive optical illusions.
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Semi-Private walking tour: ANGELS & DEMONS

Semi-Private walking tour: ANGELS & DEMONS

Based on the famous book by Dan Brown, this tour is a treasure hunt in the heart of the city that discovers clues and puzzles scattered around the historic center of Rome. Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour led by a local and professional art historian. Meet your guide near the Flaminio Station and let yourself be carried away by the magical atmosphere of the city. Start the tour of the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo and the Piazza del Popolo, continue to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria where one of the most interesting Bernini's sculptures, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, is preserved. Head to the famous temple of all gods, the Pantheon; walk through the Roman streets and visit the incredible Piazza Navona and Castel Sant'Angelo. The St. Peter's Square.
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Angels and Demons Private Tour in Rome with Hotel Pick up and Drop off

Angels and Demons Private Tour in Rome with Hotel Pick up and Drop off

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Explore the real history of Dan Brown’s best seller “Angels and Demons” on this guided excursion in Rome. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit sites like the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, Chigi Chapel, the Pantheon, and the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. Separate fact from fiction with an experienced local guide and discover the authentic stories and legends behind the Illuminati.
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Private Caravaggio in Rome Tour: Gorgeous Experience of Art

Private Caravaggio in Rome Tour: Gorgeous Experience of Art

Caravaggio was one of Italy’s most important painters, known for his revolutionary Baroque art. On this tour, discover Rome through the eyes of Caravaggio and see the sites that inspired his most memorable masterpieces. Visit lesser-known sites such as the Church of St. Louis of the French, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, and Palazzo Doria Pamphilj; learn what life was like in the Baroque era; and admire 16th-century artworks by Caravaggio.
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3-Hour Roman Baroque Caput Mundi Walking Tour

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3-Hour Roman Baroque Caput Mundi Walking Tour

See Rome’s spectacular Baroque sites on a three-hour walking tour that explores Roman squares, fountains, palaces, and churches from the 17th and 18th centuries. With an expert guide to help bring the architecture to life, you’ll see top highlights that include the Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and more, using a headset so you don’t miss a word as you walk. This 3-hour Roman Baroque walking tour is led by an art historian guide, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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Wine Tasting In Rome

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Wine Tasting In Rome

Drink your way around Italy’s diverse wine regions without leaving Rome on this tailor-made tasting tour. Explore the city on a private walking tour, stopping along the way at traditional trattorias and wine bars. Discover the atmospheric Trastevere district, see landmarks such as the Trevi fountain and Santa Maria del Popolo Church, and sample a selection of Italian wines, paired with regional cheeses, Prosciutto, and olives.
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  • 3 hours
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Art and blood: the Mistery of Caravaggio

Art and blood: the Mistery of Caravaggio

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A exclusive tour with a art historian Three Churches in Rome to follow the path of the genial painter: Caravaggio!. Streets and alleys where he lived and shared time with the poorest ones.. We'll be on the trails of Caravaggio and discover how dangerous Rome was in those years. His art will reveal the secrets of the bloody time he lived in! You'll visit: - San Luigi dei Francesi - Sant'Agostino - Santa Maria del Popolo
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Raphael & Caravaggio Guided Walking Tour- Wine Tasting

Raphael & Caravaggio Guided Walking Tour- Wine Tasting

Experience the Rome of Caravaggio and Raphael. On this tour the painters and their works will be brought back to life by our fascinating guide, before you enjoy a few glasses of Italy’s finest wines. Highlights • Discover the amazing works of Raphael and Caravaggio in Rome’s churches • Visit the beautiful Santa Maria del Popolo and San Luigi dei Francesi, amongst others • See the Pantheon, an iconic Roman Landmark
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Private Tour of Catholic Rome

Private Tour of Catholic Rome

Customize a private tour of Rome with a visit to its famous Catholic sites. Be chauffeured in the personalized comfort of a private Mercedes car or minivan and stop at monuments, piazzas and cathedrals. See the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica and explore others in the Eternal City such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and the Holy Stairs at St John Lateran. Note: entrance fees and private guide are not included in the tour price.
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Caravaggio Art Walking Tour with Donato PhD Guide

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour with Donato PhD Guide

If you're an art lover or curious to know more about the life and masterpieces of Caravaggio, then this 2.5-hour walking tour with Donato, your professional art historian guide, is for you. Throughout the tour you'll see 'in situ' pieces, which mean they were designed specifically for this location. Meet your guide Donato outside the Santa Maria del Popolo Church. On entering you'll marvel at two of Caravaggio's magnificent works within the Cerasi Chapel depicting the Crucifixion of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul. Walk through the Tridente neighborhood where Caravaggio resided in the15th century and on to the church of St. Louis of the French. Here you can admire the artist's work on the altarpiecec in the Contarelli Chapel, which displays paintings of St. Matthew's life. Take a look at the Madonna of Loreto, one of his most famous paintings, which he donated to the Sant’Agostino church. This tour is customizable and can include a visit to see his other works in Rome.
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The Great Works of Caravaggio in Rome with Local Guide Alessandra

The Great Works of Caravaggio in Rome with Local Guide Alessandra

Enjoy this fascinating tour into the life and masterpieces of the great Caravaggio as you walk around Rome. Discover his old neighborhood from the 15th century where he grew up and hear how his surroundings inspired him to create such magnificent pieces of art. Also on this 2.5-hour tour you'll see some 'in-situ' pieces of his, which are works of art designed specially for these locations. Meet Alessandra at the first stop, Santa Maria del Popolo church. She'll take you inside to the Cerasi chapel and here you can admire 2 of Caravaggio's artworks: the Crucifixion of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul. Wander through the Tridente neighborhood where the artist once lived, which will lead you to St. Louis of the French church to see the beautiful altarpiece painted by the artist to show the life of St. Matthew. Be in awe of the famous 'Madonna in Loreto' painting in the Sant'Agostino church. This tour can be customized if you wish to see other Caravaggio artworks while in Rome.
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Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-up by Marco

Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-up by Marco

Enjoy a private guided walking tour among Caravaggio's works of art and the places where he lived and worked in Rome. Your highly-qualified guide and local art historian will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the artist's unique style. You will also see some of Rome's most fascinating locations and discover other great artists who characterised the Baroque period in Rome. You will learn about the artist's innovations and altercations, and how Michelangelo Merisi (his real name) left an indelible mark on the history of art thanks to the breathtaking quality of his trailblazing painting. You will go to some of the places that still host the art that was created for them, such as Santa Maria del Popolo, San Luigi dei Francesi and Sant’Agostino, three important churches in the heart of Rome's old town. As you walk, you will come across the same streets that Caravaggio used to frequent in the 1600s, and they haven't changed much since when.
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In the Footsteps of Bernini Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

In the Footsteps of Bernini Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

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Learn about the artwork and architecture of Gian Lorenzo Bernini during this private tour in Rome. Follow in the artist’s footsteps during a walking tour that includes visits to major landmarks including Piazza Barberini, Piazza del Popolo, and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea. See Bernini’s sculptures, fountains, and architectural plans.
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Caravaggio Guided Tour in Rome - Art, Life & Masterpieces of the Great

Caravaggio Guided Tour in Rome - Art, Life & Masterpieces of the Great

Discover the magnificent masterpieces of Caravaggio on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Together with your professional art historian guide, you'll learn of his life, his works and other talented painters of the Roman Baroque period. Begin the tour in the Santa Maria del Popolo Church where you’ll see 2 of Caravaggio’s paintings. Throughout the tour you’ll see a large selection of pieces, known as ‘in situ’ masterpieces, as they remain in the location they were originally designed. As you walk around the Tridente neighborhood where the artist resided in the15th century, you’ll see where he found inspiration for his paintings, before heading to The Church of Saint Louis. Here you can admire the beautiful Saint Matthew series altarpiece in the National Church of France. Take a brief look inside Sant’Agostino to admire a gem not often visited. We can customize your tour, so you can see his works in the Borghese Gallery, the Barberini Palace, the Capitoline Museums and the Vatican too.
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Raphael and Caravaggio in the Roman Churches - Private Day Tour from Rome

Raphael and Caravaggio in the Roman Churches - Private Day Tour from Rome

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The masterful paintings of 16th-century artist Michelangelo Merisi (1571-1610), better known as Caravaggio, continue to fascinate more than 400 years after his death. The artist's paintings combine with gritty, realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, and make dramatic use of chiaroscuro. Today Rome hosts about 25 Caravaggio masterpieces that can be viewed by the public: several can be seen in the churches, others by some of the most important art collections in palaces and museums. Raffaello Sanzio known as Raphael was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, which forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican but also in some churches.
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Caravaggio Art Walking Tour - The Other Michelangelo - Private Tour

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour - The Other Michelangelo - Private Tour

There was more than one Michelangelo? Absolutely. Michelangelo Merisi, the ‘black’ painter, better known as Caravaggio. During this walking tour, we´ll learn about his / her very interesting life. The churches of St. Mary of the People, St. Augustine and St. Louis of the French all hold works from Caravaggio dating from the end of the 16th century. This was a time when the Catholic Church was commissioning "uplifting art - highly ideological images of angels, heaven, lands and abundance, but this was not Caravaggio's style. Caravaggio painted ‘real life’ images; human beings plagued by fatigue, old age, sickness and misery. He painted torture and death. You can guess, this didn't make him very popular with the church. We'll tell you about his life and why he painted this way. His story is, in our opinion, probably one of the most fascinating stories in the history of art.
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In the Footsteps of Caravaggio Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

In the Footsteps of Caravaggio Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

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Trace the dramatic life and visual legacy of Caravaggio on a private art tour in Rome. Visit beautiful churches to admire the painter’s original works while an expert guide shares scandalous details of his life and how he shaped the Baroque movement. Geared towards art enthusiasts, it's a great way to delve deeper into one of Rome's most influential and enigmatic masters.
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Exclusive Rome | Caravaggio and Baroque Masterpieces guided tour | Private Tour

Exclusive Rome | Caravaggio and Baroque Masterpieces guided tour | Private Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of one of Rome’s most renowned former residents—and discover a number of his masterpieces—on this private, Caravaggio-themed tour. Led by a trained art historian, this tour includes stops at several of the Baroque painter’s former residences. You’ll also get to glimpse some of his striking canvases, including The Crucifixion of St. Peter, The Conversion of St. Paul, and The Calling of St. Matthew. As you go, learn more about Caravaggio’s life, and spot some of Rome’s other highlight attractions.
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Discovering Caravaggio, Raphael and Pantheon Walking tour

Discovering Caravaggio, Raphael and Pantheon Walking tour

Learn about the lives of two of Italy’s greatest artists, Raphael and Caravaggio See their stunning works in some of Rome’s loveliest churches Admire the architectural wonder that is the Pantheon
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$100.40
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Lights and shadows in Rome: on the traces of Caravaggio

Lights and shadows in Rome: on the traces of Caravaggio

The life of Michelangelo Merisi, better known as "Caravaggio", was made of lights and shadows, just like his immortal art. After several troubles with the law, he was doomed to death in 1606, after committing a murder, and forced to spend the rest of his life escaping from this fate. His tormented life did not prevent him from creating some of the most outstanding masterpieces in Baroque painting: this private guided tour will allow you to follow the invisible path connecting some of them in Rome, passing through the most iconic places in the Aethernal City. At the end, you will find a sweet surprise: a tasting of eight different tastes of ice cream, served on a palette; in Rome, art is definitely everywhere.
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Caravaggio, masterpieces and secrets - Private Tour

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Caravaggio, masterpieces and secrets - Private Tour

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Stroll around Rome’s historical center and discover the tumultuous life and amazing masterpieces of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the greatest and most famous painter of the Baroque art in Italy! His beautiful and fascinating paintings are mostly known for the incredible naturalism and for the dramatic use of lighting: thanks to bright shafts of light, noble and violent figures capture attention emerging from shadows. You’ll have the incredible chance to see this “tenebrism” from close in his great canvases, from the intriguing cycle on the theme of Saint Matthew the Evangelist to the raw violence of the Crucifixion of Saint Peter. And Caravaggio’s life was as dramatic as his paintings: his irritable and violent character led him to get involved in street-brawls and caused him trouble with the law, culminating in a death sentence for murder. Our knowledgeable guide will lead you through the alleys that were the scene of fights and brawls to the beautiful churches were Caravaggio’s breathtaking masterpieces continue to fascinate visitors after more than four centuries. This tour can be customized to meet your requests and special needs! Please contact us!
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Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Walking Tour in Rome

Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Walking Tour in Rome

Get an in-depth look into the life and legacy of Italy’s first Baroque master on a Caravaggio tour of Rome. Visit several churches in the heart of the city to admire the painter’s original, groundbreaking work, learning the background of each piece and what sets it apart from Renaissance styles. Feel free to ask all the questions you like on the private tour, led by a professional art historian guide.
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