Intended for Baroque art enthusiasts, this tour will show you a number of interesting sights by following in the footsteps of Caravaggio. You will relish in the dramatic contrast of light and dark, good and evil – both in Caravaggio's art and in his tormented life.Accompanied by your expert, entertaining guide you will discover all the places where Caravaggio’s masterpieces are housed in Rome: the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, the Basilica of St Augustine, and the Church of St. Louis of the French.
Marvel at stunning paintings, discover beautiful churches, and learn the most interesting stories and anecdotes about Caravaggio’s troubled life.You will meet your guide at your centrally located hotel, from where you will walk or take a taxi to the first point of your excursion.Start your tour by visiting the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, where, in the Cerasi Chapel, you will feel the strength and devotion of Caravaggio’s Conversion of St. Paul on the Way to Damascus and the Crucifixion of St. Peter. You can also visit the Chigi Chapel with a ceiling decorated by Raphael, statues by Bernini and two chapels decorated by Pinturicchio.Head to your next destination, the Church of Saint Louis of the French (San Luigi dei Francesi), located between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona: admire paintings representing stories from the life of St. Matthew the Evangelist, housed inside the famous Contarelli Chapel. In San Luigi dei Francesi you will be able to compare works by Caravaggio's first Roman master Cesare Allegri, known as the Cavalier d’Arpino. See the chapel decorated with Stories of Saint Cecile from one of the main representatives of the classical school Domenichino. You will appreciate his stunning style, totally different from that of Caravaggio.Our tour will continue through the Campo Marzio, the neighborhood where Caravaggio killed Ranuccio Tommasoni da Terni in 1606 and was then forced to flee Rome.End your experience in the Basilica of St. Augustine (Basilica di Sant'Agostino), one of the most important churches from the Italian Renaissance in Rome, which houses the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. You will also see the Prophet Isaiah frescoed by Raphael and praised by Michelangelo.No entrance tickets are required for the suggested sites on this tour. Some sites are subject to opening hours during special ceremonies, and the order of the sites visited may vary according to circumstances of the day.This tour requires a fair amount of walking, which can be reduced with taxis at your option (fare is not included in tour price).