Squares and Baroque churches
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Visited sites: the Campus Martius, that is the full center of the city, with its most famous squares.
We will start with Piazza Navona, the square of the Pamphili family. At its center is the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, a river for every continent known at that time.
Nearby, we will visit the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, where there is a chapel painted by Caravaggio. This work of art is what made Caravaggio well-known in Rome, ushering in a brilliant career that, unfortunately, ended in tragedy.
Then, we will go to the Pantheon, perhaps my favorite piazza. As we emerge from a narrow street, this grandiose monument will appear, the only one in Rome that has almost remained intact since ancient times. I will then invite you to follow me to a smaller church, where tourists never go, the church of Saint Mary Magdalene. Of course, the organ is extraordinary, but I will bring you there for another reason. It will be a surprise. Afterwards, you will have earned a much deserved break and you will have your choice of the best coffee or ice cream in Rome.
We will then continue to St. Ignatius, because there you will understand how the Counter-Reformation created a precise artistic genre. We will complete our tour at the Trevi Fountain, sparkling new after the recent restorations.