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Caravaggio in Rome

Places visited (no entrance tickets required): 

  • Santa Maria del Popolo Church with Cerasi Chapel
  • Sant’Agostino with Our Lady of the Pilgrims
  • San Luigi dei Francesi with Contarelli Chapel

Add-ons: Doria Pamphilj Gallery (entrance tickets to be bought on site)

Duration: 2.5 hours, 4 hours with add-ons

Difficulty: 2/3

Accessibility: venues are all wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, Rome is not a wheelchair friendly city. Moving around is challenging because of the cobbled streets, so I would suggest using a van to move in between the sites.

Focus: History, Baroque Art

Price: starting at € 180,00

DEPOSIT 40.00

(You are now charged just for the deposit. For pricing consult the tab below.)

Caravaggio has been a visionary, and his art sent shockwaves through 17th century Europe. On this tour, we are going to experience his revolutionary art and get to know him intimately, following him around the neighborhood where he lived, and hearing about his escapades and adventures.

Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio after his native town in northern Italy, came to Rome at the age of 20 and produced masterworks that ushered in a new era in painting. 

A hotheaded man, Caravaggio led a tumultuous life. He was notorious for brawling, even in a time and place when such behavior was commonplace, and the transcripts of his police records and trial proceedings fill several pages. In his paintings, he used strong light and shade contrasts and paid close attention to the humblest aspects of everyday life, representing even saints as ordinary, vulnerable people. 

Realism, a dramatic conception of faith and his unmistakable style are the features we will admire in his paintings in Santa Maria del Popolo, a church dating back to the time of the Crusades, and adorned with works by Raphael and other famous renaissance artists. Within this church, the Cerasi Chapel houses two wonderful paintings by Caravaggio, The Crucifixion of Peter and The Conversion of Paul.

We will follow the development of Caravaggio’s revolutionary style analyzing his works in Sant’Agostino, where we’ll see the Madonna of the Pilgrims and in San Luigi dei Francesi, the church of the French community in Rome. Here, 3 world-famous paintings by Caravaggio await us in the Contarelli Chapel : The Calling of Matthew, Matthew and the Angel and The Martyrdom of Matthew.

This tour can be completed by adding a visit to the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, where we’ll see 3 more masterpieces by Caravaggio. The Gallery is housed in the magnificent Doria Pamphilj palace, and is still owned by the family. A visit to the Palace is like stepping back in time to when grand receptions where held and even the pope came and visited. The lavishly decorated rooms boast works by great masters of European art, such as Titian, Velazquez and Brueghel.

At the time of writing, entrance tickets are 12,00 EUR (8,00 for children and students), updated entry fees will be listed in the detailed trip summary you’ll get upon sending a request/booking.

To enter most churches in Rome, for both men and women shoulders/midriffs and knees must be covered. If you want to be comfortable in the hot Italian summer, it’s a good idea to bring a shawl to wrap around you if you are wearing shorts and/or sleeveless. 

Duration of tour

1-2 people 

3-4 people 

5-6 people 

7-8 people 

Up to 3 hours

180,00 EUR

195,00 EUR

210,00 EUR

240,00 EUR

+ each additional hour

60,00 EUR

65,00 EUR

70,00 EUR

80,00 EUR

  • For larger groups, I’ll be happy to send you a quote. 
  • The tour rate includes your private guided tour – price is total, not per person. 
  • Transportation to the starting point, meals, snacks and gratuities not included in above rates. Headsets are not included (only needed with 6+ people).
  • Transportation is not included unless you book the additional van service. Limo service for the entire duration of the tour (up to 3 passengers + guide + driver) is 120,00 EUR; van (up to 6 passengers + guide + driver) is 150,00 EUR.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on this website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings). 

You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy. 

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