Caravaggio in Rome Private Walking Tour
Enjoy a private tour of Caravaggio’s astonishing masterpieces displayed in churches throughout the historic centre of Rome. Learn all about his wild reputation as the bad boy of Baroque Rome, as you admire his phenomenal paintings, famous for ‘chiaroscuro’ their dramatic contrasts of dark and light. On your private tour you will:
- Enjoy the expertise and personal attention of your private guide.
- Walk around the beautiful historic centre of Rome, visiting the churches that house several of Caravaggio’s most famous masterpieces.
- Learn all about the turbulent life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, whose paintings were as dramatic as his wild reputation!
- Begin at the church of Santa Maria del Popolo on the beautiful Piazza del Popolo. A church designed by Michelangelo, made famous by Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons.
- Learn all about the significance and symbolism of these two astonishing paintings, the rock beneath St Peter as his cross is hauled up, the rump of the horse as Saul becomes Paul.
- Leave the church, blinking into the sunlight, and wander down the maze of cobbled streets in central Rome.
- See the Italian Parliament building as you enter the area of Campo Marzio, near the Pantheon. It was around this area that in 1606 Caravaggio famously killed a man, and had to flee Rome with a price on his head.
- Admire ‘The Madonna of the Pilgrims’ another masterpiece by Caravaggio – depicting two pilgrims with dirty, muddy feet on their knees before the Madonna and child. An unusual painting – highlighting the poverty of the pilgrims, and also of Mary and the infant Christ with peeling walls behind them.
- Next, wander towards Piazza Navona and admire this beautiful central square of Rome, with Bernini’s fountain of the four rivers and his rival Borromini’s church of St. Agnes in Agony. Caravaggio was offered lodging in the Palazzo Madama just opposite, the home of his major patron Cardinal Francesco del Monte.
- End your tour inside the magnificently marbled Baroque church of San Luigi dei Francesi. (St. Louis of the French).
Few people’s lives have involved the same blend of mystery, murder and genius as the master Caravaggio. On this tour, you will see his best work, learn about the interesting stories of his life and be transported back to Rome at the time. Caravaggio was very much the bad boy of Baroque Rome. Famous as much for the number of times he was arrested as for his exquisite, and often controversial paintings. He once threw a plate of hot artichokes in a waiter’s face for bringing him the ‘wrong ones’ and would often swagger about town showing off his sword looking for a duel – which was illegal!
But Caravaggio obviously had charm and charisma. He was in high demand as a painter, which suited him as he could roll up a canvas whilst on the run from the law. He controversially used poor, often homeless folk as his models for great saints and images of the Madonna. But he is most famous for the dramatic contrasts of dark and light in his paintings – the technique called chiaroscuro. Perhaps because his own life was full of such contrasts.
Your tour will take you around the Rome that Caravaggio knew, and into the churches that now house his priceless masterpieces, available to view for just a euro in the lightbox slot. Today one of his paintings will sell for millions – but Caravaggio was always hard up because of his tendency for late-night carousing!