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Santa Maria della Vittoria: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

1. Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Next, stop outside St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, where you’ll see Bernini's sculpture, Estasi di Santa Teresa. It was here that Langdon found the third dead cardinal, who was branded with the word fire. Your guide will take you through the most important places in the ancient city center, including Repubblica Square, and Navona Square, where you’ll see Bernini's stunning Fountain of the 4 Rivers and the obelisk. According to the book, Langdon finds the last dead cardinal here, branded with the word water. From Navona Square you’ll head to the last stop, Castel Sant’Angelo, a gathering place of the Illuminati, and hear about the passetto, a hidden passage that leads to Vatican City. This shortcut was used by past popes as a way to escape, and in the book it is used as a hideout for the assassin.

Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

2. Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

We start with the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria: Hidden behind its elegant façade, this church features a mind-boggling explosion of painting, sculpture, stuccos, marbles, and Baroque architecture. Sculpted angels emerge from the walls and appear to float mid-air – illusionistic paintings brake the boundaries of the walls, catapulting you into a transcendent vision of Angels and Demons. You will marvel at Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, as your guide explains the history behind the most scandalous artwork of the Baroque. This impossibly lifelike statue has shocked and amazed viewers for hundreds of years. Now you can join the legions of viewers who have been enchanted by it as you learn about its gripping story. Ascend the gentle slopes of the Quirinal Hill: Your tour then takes you up one of the Seven Hills of Rome to compare Borromini’s Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane with Bernini’s Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale. Your guide will help you understand the different styles of the two masters, the more audacious and eclectic Borromini, and the more classical and elegant Bernini. Their different styles reflect opposite personalities, and you will learn all about the artists’ rivalry. Behold their monumental legacy on Piazza Navona: Piazza Navona is quite simply an unmissable stop on any tour to Rome. Here, you will admire Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and learn about the legends and stories which surround its construction. This is Rome’s most breathtaking fountain – a glorious artistic achievement with horses galloping out of the rushing water and powerful marble giants reclining on rocky outcrops. Opposite the fountain we will see Borromini’s majestic Church of Sant’Agnese and discover how this building represented the culmination of his career. These two competing buildings stand as an eternal testament to the lives, rivalry, and genius of the two great masters of the Baroque.

Roman Heresy on the Trail of Angels and Demons Driving Tour

3. Roman Heresy on the Trail of Angels and Demons Driving Tour

Retrace the path of the Illuminati between freemasonry and occultism. Listen to stories out of the ordinary and challenge conventions. Visit the four places where the cardinals were killed. One of the biggest risks locals run immersing themselves into the wonders of Rome every day, is to take such beauties for granted. At that moment we are pushed to provide new inputs to our curiosity, and it is precisely this attitude that prompted us to invite you on this new journey... Are you ready to leave the main road, to put into crisis your most solid certainties, to explore fields of knowledge intentionally set aside because uncomfortable, to bare the weaknesses of what we believe in the search for a new level of awareness? In order to do this we will instruct a trial, putting in the dock the most influential figures of the 17th century, one for all the Pope Urban VIII, because they would be stained with a terrible crime. Although they are the most glaring expression of the established order, they would be guilty of the crime they most pursued, heresy. In this curious performance our tour guides will be playing their usual role as narrators and you won't be just witnesses, you will be the jury!

Rome: Angels and Demons Between Faith and Science Tour

4. Rome: Angels and Demons Between Faith and Science Tour

This private Angels and Demons tour of Rome is a unique opportunity to enter the world of Dan Brown’s best-selling book. You'll visit famous monuments and locations from the thrilling novel, all of which are based in the "Eternal City". Prepare to go off the beaten path, exploring the side streets of the historic center and uncovering the secrets of some of Rome’s most mysterious churches. From the splendor of Piazza Navona to the magical atmosphere of Santa Maria della Vittoria (home to Bernini's stunning Saint Teresa and a masterpiece of Baroque sculpture), you’ll be enchanted by the history and beauty of Rome as you unravel the city's secrets thanks to the expertise of your private guide. As well as learning about art history and the lives and works of painters such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio, you’ll gain new insights into the history of science and religion in the Eternal City whilst separating fact from fiction along the way. Join this gripping adventure and follow in the footsteps of fiction's most famous symbologist, you might just discover that the truth is the most compelling narrative of all.

ROME CITY CARD: Exploration Games & Tours

5. ROME CITY CARD: Exploration Games & Tours

Rome is a city sprinkled with iconic spots, memorable stories, and larger than life fictional characters. Come and play exploration games which will transport you to the adventurous era of Ancient Rome, the eerie streets of Haunted Rome, and which will also have you walk on the footsteps of Robert Langdon in the Angels and Demons movie. Uncover the stories of the people, places and events that made the entire city of Rome a true outdoor museum. The ROME CITY CARD: Exploration Games & Tours is the adventurer’s way of discovering all of these. Through 3 differently themed exploration games played on your smartphone, you will walk through history and the iconic streets of Rome with a newfound sense of wonder. You are invited to follow in the footsteps of iconic characters while you’re discovering amazing attractions, learning their untold stories, following clues and solving witty puzzles that will challenge you every step of the way. All on your smartphone. And at your own pace. Explore the timeless mysteries and legends of Rome as you delve into the world of Ancient Rome, the Angels and Demons of Dan Brown's famous novel, and the Ghosts of Rome. First, step back in time to the days of the Roman Empire, as you explore ancient ruins of the city. Learn about the history, culture and the everyday life of the ancient Romans, as you unravel the secrets of the great civilization. Next, uncover the truth behind Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" as you follow the footsteps of the characters and explore the hidden locations in Rome where the movie was filmed. Finally, brace yourself for a spine-tingling experience as you explore the haunted side of Rome and uncover the Ghosts of Rome. Walk through the eerie streets and alleys of the city, and learn about the legends, myths, and stories of the restless spirits that are said to haunt the city. This package of Rome exploration games is perfect for history buffs, mystery lovers, and thrill-seekers alike. If you want to discover the heartbeat of Rome and leave with much more than just photos, this card will make sure you have truly unique stories to tell. Plus, by booking the ROME CITY CARD: Exploration Games & Tours you save 25% off the costs of purchasing each experience individually

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What people are saying about Santa Maria della Vittoria

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based on 763 reviews

We had Luisa as our tour guide, she was brilliant! Not only did she go through the story of the Dan Brown movie but she gave us a history tour to! Her knowledge of the history of Rome is unbelievable, she gave us an unforgettable experience! As we have walked round Rome since our tour we can hear Luisa's insitght into the area and remembering the great time we had with her! Thank you again for such a great afternoon!

Was a great tour, the guide explained to me the sites even the ones off the beaten path. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a personal tour that will go at your pace and wants a relaxed tour experience.

A charming guide who led the tour with a lot of knowledge and funny sidekicks. However, one should be good on foot. Definitely recommendable! Grace Luisa!

I can listen to Luisa (the guide) all day. She is the best!!

Luisa our guide was really great! I can only recommend.