Church of Santa Maria del Popolo

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

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

    Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Your next stop will be St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Chu...

    A great tour! Our guide Anestis was very knowledgeable about the history and the facts/fiction of the movie compared to the places we visited. He didn’t just give basic facts but told you what the book said, what the movie showed and what the truth is. He went out his way to answer all our questions. Amazing experience.

  • Rome: Fountains and Piazzas Walking Tour

    2. Rome: Fountains and Piazzas Walking Tour

    Join an expert guide on an enchanting journey through the historic cobbled streets of the Eternal City. Hear tales of history and intrigue from throughout the centuries. First, explore the Trevi Fountain and the beautiful Spanish Steps. Learn about the history of these stunning monuments and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the area. Then, head to the Pantheon, the best-preserved building of Ancient Rome. Marvel at the scale of the building and the giant columns, and look through the famous oculus of the dome. Learn about the incredible history of this monument that spans nearly 2,000 years. End your tour at Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most splendid squares, home to Bernini’s renowned Fountain of the Four Rivers.

  • Rome: 3-Hour Baroque Walking Tour

    3. Rome: 3-Hour Baroque Walking Tour

    Starting from Piazza del Popolo, an enormous square with the city’s second obelisk in the center, which was brought to Rome by Augustus and re-erected here by the architect Domenico Fontana under Sixtus V (1589). In the square, the beautiful church of Santa Maria del Popolo is one of the most interesting in Rome, rich in works of arts and masterpieces of Raphael and Caravaggio. Arrive at the Spanish Steps and Spanish Square with the charming monumental flight of steps (1772), whose sinuous line harmoniously follows the slope of the hill. At its feet is the graceful fountain La Barcaccia by Pietro Bernini. At the top of the Spanish Steps is the Church of Trinità dei Monti with the two cupolas, and in front of its façade is an obelisk, which was taken from the Sallustian Gardens in 1789. Then, go to the Trevi Fountain, the most spectacular fountain in Rome. It was built by two Po...

    Francesca taught me so much on this walking tour. A real local with lots of stories, she made it a fascinating tour. Fifth time in Rome for me but this tour showed me a very different side of Rome.

  • Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps & Pantheon

    4. Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps & Pantheon

    Rome’s famous squares, monuments, fountains and artists offer you the very best attractions on this 2.5-hour afternoon walking tour. Let the Eternal City enchant you as you stroll through its picturesque cobblestone alleyways, and discover some of the world’s most famous sites, such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Travel back in time and admire all of the city’s must-see art and architecture, in a single afternoon! Begin in Piazza del Popolo, the traditional northern “door to Rome,” with the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo as the first church that visitors to Rome would see upon entering its gates. The Spanish Steps, with its lively atmosphere and stunning views, bring you down into the winding alleys of the heart of the historic center, where you will encounter the ornate Trevi Fountain. Throw a coin in the fountain and promise to return! Conti...

    Raf was an amazing guide. She was very knowledgeable and she spoke clear enough for us to understand. The extra tidbits of information that she gave us were a plus (the secrets, gossips and feuds). The outside of the Pantheon is included in the tour, however, the inside isn't. Raf was willing to take us inside depending on the length of the line. If I could give her more stars I would. Definitely worth it!

  • Rome: Caravaggio and Baroque Art Private Guided Tour

    5. Rome: Caravaggio and Baroque Art Private Guided Tour

    This 4-hour private tour of Caravaggio’s art and Rome’s Baroque masterpieces is the perfect opportunity for a close-up look at the artist’s work. Michelangelo Merisi, alias Caravaggio, one of the greatest painters of all time, spent the majority of his life in Rome. The tour begins at Piazza del Popolo and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, where you’ll see The Crucifixion of St. Peter and The Conversion of St. Paul. Then you’ll pass near 2 of Caravaggio’s residences, Palazzo Madama, the seat of the Senate, and Giustiniani Palace, which now houses the offices of the Senate. Your guide will tell you about unusual events in Caravaggio’s life and also provide commentary on the architecture or current functions of the main Italian government houses such as Montecitorio Palace. See the major masterpieces of Caravaggio, including The Life of St. Matthew in St. Louis of France’s Contare...

  • Piazzas of Rome Small Group Sunset Tour

    6. Piazzas of Rome Small Group Sunset Tour

    Enjoy a romantic walking tour of Rome at dusk, and see the sunset over the “Eternal City’s” beautiful squares. Meet your guide in Piazza del Popolo, formerly used for popular games and public executions, and now a lively space for concerts. Learn about the vision of its architect, Giuseppe Valadier. Continue to Pincio Terrace to see the sunset over the rooftops of Rome. Marvel at the broad sweep of the Spanish Steps and Barcaccia’s fountain to a half-sunken ship. Next, go to the Trevi Fountain on Piazza di Trevi, and throw a coin in the pool according to tradition. See the historic Pantheon on Piazza della Rotonda, built in 27 BC as a temple to all the gods of Rome. Wander over to Piazza Navona, built on the site of a Roman amphitheater. Experience “La Dolce Vita” of Rome around Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in its center. End on Campo de' Fiori, dominated by the statue ...

    I was lucky enough to be the only one who had booked it on that particular day and got a private tour. The tour guide was excellent, very attentive and considerate. Of course, it was private tour but I think that more people would've made a difference. I got a better sense of the city and the information provided throughout the tour was helpful and to-the-point, making it easy for me to remember most of it despite the fact that it included many tourist attractions with many artistic and historical details.

  • Rome: Caravaggio Artwork Walking Tour

    7. Rome: Caravaggio Artwork Walking Tour

    Discover more about the life of the famed Michelangelo Merisi of Caravaggio, also known simply as Caravaggio. Learn about an innovator in the history of painting and his eccentric lifestyle. Visit various sites in the center of Rome where you can admire his work and hear stories about his life from an expert guide. Start at the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi which contains three masterpieces by Caravaggio. Inside, discover the Cappella Contarelli which houses paintings of Saint Matthew the Evangelist. Continue with a stop inside the Church of Sant'Agostino to see the "Madonna dei Pellegrini." Finally, visit the Cappella Cerasi in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, where you will find the masterpieces "Conversione di San Paolo" and "La Crocifissione di San Pietro." Throughout the tour explore the streets and see buildings that are linked to the life of Caravaggio, including Via del...

  • Caravaggio in Rome Tour

    8. Caravaggio in Rome Tour

    Stroll through the district of Rome where Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived and worked. Discover the stories, anecdotes and the outstanding technical skills that have kept his name known across the world for over 400 years.  Born in Milan in 1571, Caravaggio was in Rome by the end of the 1580's. Admire some of the most beautiful masterpieces in the original churches for which they were commissioned. See in Santa Maria del Popolo: Saint Paul's Conversion and the Crucifixion of Saint Peter. See in Sant'Agostino, The Madonna of Pilgrims. Finishing up in San Luigi dei Francesi, one of the few French churches in Rome, to admire the three paintings which represent the stories of Saint Mathwe. These were the first altarpieces ever painted by Caravaggio.

  • Rome: Private Caravaggio's Masterpieces Tour

    9. Rome: Private Caravaggio's Masterpieces Tour

    For art and history lovers, this 3.5-hour private tour will be a true delight. You'll be accompanied by a local art-historian guide who has a knowledgable background of Caravaggio's life, his works and other painters of the period. Your tour will begin in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo where you’ll see 2 of Caravaggio’s works whilst hearing stories about the history behind each one. Throughout the tour you’ll see a large selection of "in situ" pieces, which are artworks that remain in the location they were originally designed for, which also defined the Roman Baroque period. From here you will see where Caravaggio found his inspiration for his paintings, in the Trident neighborhood where he lived and worked in the 15th century. You'll learn about his painting methods, and can also get a glimpse at where he looked for and hired his controversial models. Next you'll head to the ...

  • Roman Heresy on the Trail of Angels and Demons Driving Tour

    10. Roman Heresy on the Trail of Angels and Demons Driving Tour

    Retrace the path of the Illuminati between freemasonry and occultism. Listen to stories out of the ordinary and challenge conventions. Visit the four places where the cardinals were killed. One of the biggest risks locals run immersing themselves into the wonders of Rome every day, is to take such beauties for granted. At that moment we are pushed to provide new inputs to our curiosity, and it is precisely this attitude that prompted us to invite you on this new journey... Are you ready to leave the main road, to put into crisis your most solid certainties, to explore fields of knowledge intentionally set aside because uncomfortable, to bare the weaknesses of what we believe in the search for a new level of awareness? In order to do this we will instruct a trial, putting in the dock the most influential figures of the 17th century, one for all the Pope Urban VIII, because they would b...

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What people are saying about Church of Santa Maria del Popolo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 576 reviews

A great tour! Our guide Anestis was very knowledgeable about the history and the facts/fiction of the movie compared to the places we visited. He didn’t just give basic facts but told you what the book said, what the movie showed and what the truth is. He went out his way to answer all our questions. Amazing experience.

Amazing tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We followed together the steps of Robert Langton in some of the city’s most prominent monuments and sightseeing’s for almost 4hrs. This tour is highly recommended not only to the Dan brown’s fans but to everybody with an affinity to arts and history!

Francesca taught me so much on this walking tour. A real local with lots of stories, she made it a fascinating tour. Fifth time in Rome for me but this tour showed me a very different side of Rome.

An interesting afternoon with a professional, respectful and lovely guide (Mr Anestis Pavlidis). Bring comfortable footwears, this tour is long (and fun).

Very informative, very nice tour. I recommend. The guide has really enormous knowledge and love to talk. Just perfect.