Stroll of the Artists in Rome: Best Squares & Fountains Tour

Enjoy a perfect introduction to the Eternal City and discover the spectacular monuments of Rome’s historical center

Stroll of the Artists in Rome: Best Squares & Fountains Tour

starting time 18.30

duration 3 hours

Tour Overview

Explore the enchanting piazzas and fountains of Rome's historic city center as you wander through serpentine streets and cobbled walkways in the company of an expert local guide. Pull up a chair in Rome's great open-air drawing room, Piazza Navona, graced by the marvelous works of Bernini and Borromini, and admire the incredibly photogenic sweep of the Spanish Steps. Gaze up in awe at the dramatic waters of the Trevi fountain before visiting the remarkable Pantheon, miraculously preserved testament to the engineering brilliance of the ancients. Drink in the unique atmosphere of Rome on our Stroll of the Artists tour, and experience the perfect introduction to the wonders of the Eternal City!

Tour includes:

  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Complete introduction to Rome's historic centre
  • Customisable itinerary to fit your interests

Highlights:

  • The Trevi Fountain
  • The Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • The Spanish Steps

Hidden Gems:

  • Hadrian's Temple
  • Campo Dei Fiori

Tour Description

From Renaissance to Baroque Rome

An evening stroll to enjoy the city, through its imposing palaces and grand piazzas, where water dances in beautiful fountains; a stroll to discover enchanted little streets where time has stopped; a private tour to dream, exploring history and art in a new way. Join us on an impassioned journey to encounter popes and emperors, artists and ordinary people in the places where their lives took shape, where the ancient and the modern mingled to create the political and religious institutions on which Italian society still rests today.

Piazza Navona

Our tour begins in what is perhaps the city's most famous public space, for centuries known as Rome's 'drawing room' - Piazza Navona.  The space began life as the Stadium of Domitian in the first century A.D: its distinctive form has been preserved for nearly 2,000 years, and is still obvious even today. And yet at the same time we are in the heart of the Roman Baroque: all around are spectacular optical illusions and theatrical buildings, signs of a revolutionary new approach to architectural space . Here we'll confront the twin genius of Bernini and Borromini, the two greatest rivals of their age and opposites in every respect. Bernini's marvelous Fountain of the Four Rivers is the piazza's centrepiece, a pyramidal structure that incorporates an obelisk and culminates in the flight of a dove. Dominating the skyline above is Borromini's curving facade and bell tower of the church of Santa Agnese, where stone takes on the malleability of softest clay. 

The Spanish Steps

In Piazza di Spagna meanwhile, we'll find ourselves at the foot of the no less iconic Spanish Steps. Here we will learn the history of the church of the Trinita' dei Monti that towers above, as well as why the young Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his sculptor father adopted the unusual subject of a boat for the fountain of the Barcaccia. We will also uncover the social significance of the majestic stairway that came to unite these two areas separated for centuries by a high cliff. After short stops at the Colonna del'Immacolata (Column of the Immaculate Conception) and the house of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, we will reach another of the city's most indelible landmarks, the Trevi fountain.

The Trevi Fountain

Here we will let ourselves be lulled by the magical song of the waters, immersing ourselves in this wonderful piece of theatrical architecture that both recalls the great buildings of the past and allows us to imagine the impossible architecture of the mind. With the help of your guide you will read the many legends written in the relief sculpture of the triumphal arch, where the god Ocean advances with his Tritons and winged horses to celebrate with us an ancient festival of water. 

The Pantheon

The Pantheon transports us to another era, and expresses the full grandeur of Imperial Rome. Innovate ideas, technologies and various cultures blend to make an artwork of extreme power and poetry, a design so perfect that Michelangelo considered it to be the work of angels. The history of the area is no less fascinating: it was originally a marshland subject to the floods of the Tiber, then a military training ground devoted to Mars, the god of war. The temple that dominates the piazza was first built by Agrippa for his son-in-law Augustus, before a restoration by Hadrian in 126 AD created the magnificent building we know today. According to medieval legend the central oculus in the huge dome was created by the explosive crash of pagan demons fleeing the building at the moment of its conversion into a church in 609 AD. The Pantheon also houses the tombs of Raphael who died prematurely in 1520, and the first King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele, who died in 1878. Please note that if your tour falls on a Sunday, when the Pantheon is closed to visitors, we will learn all about the fascinating structure from a vantage point in Piazza della Rotonda.

Join us on a private tour to truly understand Rome, and see how its picturesque streets, timeless piazzas and infinite history are all just waiting to be discovered!

meeting point

Al Sogno Toystore in Piazza Navona

Tour Reviews

5.0 (4 reviews)

Squares and Fountains Tour

I can%u2019t say enough about our amazing guide Patrick! He made the streets of Rome come alive for us. We enjoyed his stories (lots of cool Roman historical gossip!) and helped us to understand the rich history and culture of Rome through it%u2019s artists. He was really flexible and took us to some great off the beaten path finds. He was also an amazing wealth of knowledge in terms of what else we could see and visit on our trip after the tour was over. Highly recommend Patrick!

Joette James - Jul 25, 2019

Dr.

Loved this walking tour! It was a perfect way to start our stay in Rome, giving us a good overview of the city and broad strokes related to its history. Paolo did a fabulous job, and I loved his ability to tell a story throughout the whole walking tour, making the fountains and plazas come to life. Wonderful experience; would absolutely do again!

Meara - Jun 30, 2019

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