Private Walking Tours in Rome | Angels & Demons, Ancient Rome, Baroque Rome, Fountains, Churches and Piazzas


Private Walking Tours in Rome
Angels & Demons, Ancient Rome, Baroque Rome, Fountains, Churches and Piazzas




On the Trail of Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons"
From the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon
Caravaggio in Rome
The Fountains of Rome
The Battle of the Baroque: Bernini vs. Borromini
Rome's Hidden Treasures

Roman Splendor, Including Trastevere
Popes and Princes
Medieval and Imperial Rome

If you're planning to be in Rome, don't miss the unique opportunity to absorb the history and true ambiance of the Eternal City on a tour with Michael or Dennis, Americans who have lived in Rome for almost forty years. Dennis, an artist who has exhibited his works throughout the world, is also the head of the high school art department at one of Rome's most prestigious schools. Michael is the co-author of National Geographic's Guide to Rome, and teaches history at another of Rome's exclusive international schools. Here's what they offer their guests:

"Seeing the city from our insider's point of view, stroll with us along cobblestone streets, through spacious piazzas and past world-famous monuments. We'll introduce you to equally beautiful piazzas, streets, buildings and churches that are usually visited only by Romans.

If you're in the mood for an espresso, cappuccino or tramezzino (the uniquely Italian version of the sandwich), we'll stop at a top-notch coffee bar known only to neighborhood residents. We might strike up a conversation with our fellow patrons, or stop to chat with the lady selling wild cicoria in the open-air market, or get some ageold tips from the furniture restorers who hold forth in a picture-perfect alley few foreigners ever stumble across.

As we stroll, we'll tell you the area's history, its scandals, even the pernicious rumors it may have inspired over the ages (for Romans have always loved rumors!). And we'll tell you how each neighborhood fits into modern-day Rome. We'll also be happy to help you plan your own self-guided itineraries, shopping trips, museum visits and so forth. And we'll give you a complimentary copy of our own Rome restaurant guide.

What we offer is an entertaining, personalized way to feel as though you actually live in Rome. If you're traveling with your kids, this is a great way to introduce them to the fun of history and art. Walks are for individuals and groups of no more than six people."

On the Trail of Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons"
From the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon
Caravaggio in Rome
The Fountains of Rome
The Battle of the Baroque: Bernini vs. Borromini
Rome's Hidden Treasures

Roman Splendor, Including Trastevere
Popes and Princes
Medieval and Imperial Rome


ON THE TRAIL OF DAN BROWN'S "ANGELS & DEMONS"

Trace the footsteps of Dr. Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra across Rome, visiting the spellbinding locations of Dan Brown's best-selling Angels & Demons , prequel to The Da Vinci Code. As you locate the sites associated with the four primordial elements of all things in existence -- Earth, Air, Fire, and Water -- you'll see where the scenes for the Tom Hanks movie were filmed. You'll stop at the Renaissance chapel where one preferito is suffocated with earth; the ornate manhole cover symbolizing air; the exquisite Bernini statue where the heroes discover the Hassassin in the act of burning a third preferito alive; the world-famous fountain that represents water. You'll visit the Pantheon, where Langdon and Vetra rush after leaving Vatican City. You'll cross the Tiber and see where the camerlengo landed after parachuting out of the helicopter. From outside, you'll see where the secret passage leads from the castle to St. Peter's, and where Janus met his untimely end. Luckily, your walk will be far less breathless and terrifying than Langdon's frenzied chase, and along the way you'll see and learn about countless masterpieces by Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio and the other arists who turned Rome into a magnificent Renaissance jewel.

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO


FROM THE SPANISH STEPS TO THE PANTHEON

Rome's cobblestone streets have been trod for centuries by rich and poor, unknown and famous as they became enamoured of the Eternal City. Gian Lorenzo Bernini's gate at Piazza del Popolo (built to celebrate the triumphal entrance of Queen Christina of Sweden in the 17th century into the city) was the northern, and principal, entrance to Rome (before airplanes and trains). Kings and queens, intellectuals (Goethe and Keats), young lords on the "Grand Tour" of the continent and artists frequented the area clustered between the Porta del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. On this walk you will also see and learn about Trevi Fountain, Via Margutta (the street of the artists), St. Maria dell'Popolo Church (with the Chigi Chapel of Angels and Demons fame), the elaborate Ara Pacis in its gleaming Richard Meier jewelbox, and of course, the Pantheon.

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO




CARAVAGGIO IN ROME

One Italian artist who has mesmerized the public since his heyday at the turn of the 17 th century is Michelangelo Merisi, better known to posterity as Caravaggio. Born in 1571, he trained as a painter in Milan under a master who had himself trained under Titian. As a young man, Caravaggio moved to Rome, where there was a pressing need for paintings to fill the many huge new churches and private palaces being built. These were the days of the Counter-Reformation, when the Roman Catholic Church was using religious art to defy the rising threat of Protestantism. Mannerism, the artistic style which had been in vogue for nearly a century, suddenly seemed artificial and remote, so when Caravaggio burst upon the scene with a radical naturalism whose realistic portraiture and highly dramatic use of chiaroscuro immediately caught the public's attention, his timing could not have been better. Just look at his Crucifixion of St. Peter (pictured here). Never before had the dirty, calloused feet of a saint, a founding father of the church, been highlighted in the foreground of a scene. Such depictions of human suffering, both physical and emotional, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting, which was born in Rome and spread like wildfire throughout Catholic Europe. Of course, Caravaggio's tumultuous life is almost as fascinating as his oeuvre. You will learn about both on this entertaining, insightful and informative walk with Michael or Dennis. Along the way you will visit some of the churches and palazzos that host the artist's canvases, so that you can witness his magic with your own eyes.

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO



THE FOUNTAINS OF ROME

This especially popular walk features a late afternoon stroll from piazza to piazza, where the noise of traffic is replaced by the soft gurgle of cascading water. Here are some of the extravagant masterpieces you will meet along the way:

  • Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini
  • Quirinale Fountain in front of the presidential palace, and the statue of Castor & Pollux in a setting that overlooks all Rome
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO



THE BATTLE OF THE BAROQUE: BERNINI VS. BORROMINI

Are you concerned that a private tour focused on art history might be pedantic? Do you worry that the members of your party may have different attention levels? In that case, allow us to suggest this walk, a delightful combination of gossip and art history bound to please everyone in the family. In the first place, the Baroque style is entertaining, always characterized by "more": more opulence, more gold, more dramatic lighting, more frenzied figures – more of everything. This visual overload is on display everywhere in Rome, and if Rome is the Birthplace of Baroque, then its parents can be no other than the two 17 th-century artists whose careers were a never-ending battle for the same prestigious commissions from wealthy patricians and clergymen. But we can hardly think of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini as a loving couple: the wiles and chicanery they used to win those lucrative commissions could fill a year's issues of People Magazine. Fortunately for us, their mutual desire to outdo each other led them to create many stunning masterpieces. Even today, we can see the glorious results of their rivalry, almost behind every corner of the historic center. At the end of this walk, after being introduced to some of these churches, fountains and statues, you –like any self-respecting art connoisseur – will be able to confidently cast your vote for your own favorite parent of Roman baroque.

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO




ROME'S HIDDEN TREASURES

  • Palazzo Farnese
  • Campo de' Fiori (open-air fruit and vegetable market)
  • Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle (site of Tosca, Act One)
  • Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
  • Pantheon
  • Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
  • Church of Sant'Ignazio
  • Via dei Coronari with its charming antique shops
  • Sant'Agostino with Raphael fresco and Caravaggio painting
  • Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and its hidden cloister
  • Bernini's Angel Bridge with its panoramic view of St. Peter's
  • Piazza Navona & Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO


ROMAN SPLENDOR, INCLUDING TRASTEVERE

This walk includes a visit to one of the two noble residences followed by an asterisk. Depending on opening hours and time of day, you will visit either Villa Farnesina, a magnificent Renaissance mansion designed by Peruzzi and frescoed by Raphael, or Palazzo Spada, one of Rome's most ornate rococo buildings, featuring the world's most famous fake perspective, Borromini's Corridor, as well as the small but famed Spada Art Collection. This is one of the few noble family art collections where the paintings are still hung as originally displayed, so it gives one a good idea of how the private family collections looked when they were acquired.

St. Maria in Trastevere & a stroll through characteristic Trastevere (the Romans' Rome)
Porta Settimiana & Via della Lungara
17th-century Palazzo Corsini
Villa Farnesina* (Monday-Saturday mornings only)
15th-century Ponte Sisto across the Tiber
Via Giulia (named for Pope Julius II of Sistine Chapel fame)
Fountain of the Mascherone
St.Maria dell'Orazione e Morte (the Church of St. Mary of Prayer and of Death)
Michelangelo's unfinished archway (originally meant to span the Tiber to connect Villa Farnesina on one bank, and Palazzo Farnese, on the other)
Piazza Farnese & Palazzo Farnese (epitome of high Renaissance architecture)
Palazzo Spada* (Tuesday-Sunday morning or afternoon)
Campo de' Fiori (the most famous open-air food market in Italy – available only for morning walks)

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours. Prices do not include tickets, which are 5 Euro/person.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO

POPES AND PRINCES
  • Bernini's Angel Bridge
  • Castel Sant'Angelo (from outside)
  • Via della Conciliazione
  • The Borgo
  • Piazza San Pietro and Bernini's Colonnade
  • St. Peter's Basilica and Crypt

Castel Sant'Angelo


Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO



MEDIEVAL AND IMPERIAL ROME

  • Church of San Clemente with its 3 archaeological levels
  • Church of Santi Quattro Coronati with its secret chapel and hidden cloister
  • A stroll along the aqueduct built by Nero
  • St. Stefano Rotono - modelled on the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
  • Villa Celimontana with its lovely Renaissance gardens
  • Santa Maria in Domnica (terrific mosaic) and the Navicella

Walks are for private groups of 2 to 6 people. Each walk lasts about two and a half hours.

2016 Prices
2 People: 216.00 EURO
3 People: 278.00 EURO
4 People: 329.00 EURO
5 People: 381.00 EURO
6 People: 406.00 EURO