some unconventional
to visit the city…

On Tosca's footsteps
Strolling with Bernini
Artists and Cardinals
At church
with Caravaggio
Romans at
the Thermal Baths

On Tosca's footsteps

This itinerary is entirely dedicated to Tosca, the heroine of one of Puccini's most famous opera, based on Victorien Sardou's drama set in the 19th century Napoleonic Rome. We find the opera's atmosphere in the Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle – its dome is second in height only to St. Peter's – where the first act is set. Then, we proceed to Palazzo Farnese, one of the largest Roman Palaces, where the scene of second act is set. For the third act we enter Castel Sant'Angelo, a colossal fortress in the heart of Rome, ending on the terrace from where the tragic Puccini heroine committed suicide jumping into the river. The view from here is actually breath-taking and worths the many steps…

Strolling with Bernini

Let's imagine following this great artist through the city he was inspired by. In Rome, Bernini is synonymous with Baroque, so we start from the most gorgeous baroque square, Piazza Navona where we discover Bernini the sculptor. Then we observe his architectural style in the current Parliament Building, continuing through lanes and squares to discover his work both as a sculptor and as an architect in Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, in Piazza Barberini and in Santa Maria della Vittoria where his best statue of religious subject is housed. Last, but not least, we visit the church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

Artists and Cardinals

This tour builds on the fact that most artwork in Rome was commissioned by Popes and Cardinals and that each piece is unique to its genre. We chose three cardinals from the most powerful Italian noble families in order to know the stories of these works of art and of their patrons. We visit the famous Chiesa del Gesù (by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese), the less known Santa Caterina dei Funari (by Cardinal Cesi), to end up with Santa Cecilia (by Cardinal Pamphili)…

At church

We take you on a wide-ranging artistic tour: three churches, three jewels by Caravaggio, the greatest painter of the 17th century. We start from Santa Maria del Popolo, where we find two of his paintings: St. Paul's conversion and St. Peter's Martyrdom. We continue to Sant'Agostino where we can admire the most beautiful and realistic Madonna in art history. We end with San Luigi dei Francesi where the artist decorated a whole chapel with The Calling and Martyrdom of San Matteo. The path that connects the three churches is rich in sacred shrines, fountains, obelisks and many other things to see…

Romans at the Baths
and at the Circus

We invite you to an “archaeological stroll” through one of the most attractive areas of Rome: the Caracalla Baths complex. It is a huge archaeological park where, observing the ruins, the mosaics and the decorations, we get an idea of what Roman daily life was like. Romans held body care very important (hence the famous Latin saying: mens sana in corpore sano – healthy mind in healthy body). It was customary to go to the baths at any time of the day not only to take care of their hygiene and health, but also to have business, political or friendly leisure meetings. A few steps away, there is the Circo Massimo, that is famous for the chariot races of which Romans were great aficionados and in which even emperors liked to take part. The Circo had seats for up to 300 thousand spectators, more than twice as many a modern stadium can hold nowadays… 
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