Holy Art & Architecture Tour

An introduction to the masterpieces of art, architecture & design in Rome.

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Holy Art & Architecture Tour Description

Concentrated in the centre of the Eternal City, this Holy Art & Architecture Tour provides an introduction to some of the lesser well known architectural and artistic features of Rome.

Perfect for those who want to see some main sites but also get to see something most other visitors miss, this tour is a short 2 to 2.5 hour walking tour that is great for those on a budget.

Beginning at Bernini's Bridge of Angels you will then go down the little known street of the Rosary before continuing on to the world-famous Piazza Navona, where you will see the features of this ancient arena designed by masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Borromeo including the stunning church of Sant’Agnese.

After learning of the fascinating stories of the square and the rivalry between the architects, you continue on to the church of San Luigi dei Francesi which is home to masterpieces of one of arts most gifted and troubled artists – Caravaggio. For those particularly interested in this artistic master, we also offer a Caravaggio Art Tour.

From the masterpieces of Caravaggio, you then meander on to the awe inspiring ancient Pantheon with it’s colossal dome and mind boggling architecture. Eternally impressive, this area of Rome has a certain charm despite the throngs of tourists.

You will deftly avoid the travellers however by continuing on a little further to an under-appreciated and quiet Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva – one of the most beautiful churches in Rome that few know exists – with its unique architecture and interior art, in addition to being the resting place of the artist Fra. Angelico and the Doctor of the Church, St Catherine of Siena.

Finally you will end at Chiesa Nuova, or properly called church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, you will learn of the fascinating and spooky life of Philip Neri and his impact on Rome. You will marvel at the stunning frescoes around the church and learn about the churches fabulous pedigree.


Highlights of this tour include:
  • Bridge of Angels
  • Street of the Rosary
  • Piazza Navona
  • Masterpieces of Caravaggio
  • Pantheon
  • Relics of St Catherine of Sienna & art of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
  • Chiesa Nuova

2:15pm every Wednesday (perfect for those attending the Papal Audience)

2 hours


In front of Castel Sant'Angelo




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Highlights of this tour include:
  • Bridge of Angels
  • Street of the Rosary
  • Piazza Navona
  • Masterpieces of Caravaggio
  • Pantheon
  • Relics of St Catherine of Sienna & art of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
  • Chiesa Nuova

Our Guides Were Wonderful.

Both James and Isabella were wonderful guides on our tours. They were very knowledgeable and made the experience more meaningful. My husband and I will definitely recommend Eternal City tours to anyone who is visiting.
Reviewed by Dana - Michigan, USA
Holy Doors Jubilee tour

Our tour guide was Blitch Vizioli...what an amazing man...the tour was everything we had hoped for...we travelled from Australia to come to Rome for this trip of a life to time to experience the Jubilee of Mercy and the Closing of the Holy Doors of the Basilica of St. Peter's...nothing was too much for Blitch..he was well versed in the Catholic faith...no questions were out of his depth he went above and beyond to ensure that no stone was left unturned...spiritually this tour was everything and then much more because of his efforts...this day was the highlight of our trip...he exceeded our expectations by supplying us with tickets to the mass on Sunday that he obtained from the Swiss guards ...we are truly in his debt..thank you again I would have no hesitations in dealing with this company on future tours...absolutely amazing
Reviewed by Nerida - Sydney, Australia
6/5 Stars!

Nothing too much can be said of this company. When everything is just so perfect. I am quite a particular traveller. I like things to go MY way. Eternal did exactly just that. I wanted to have a fully custom, fully flexible tour, they provided it. They sent two super knowledgable guides, that followed our pace. Often tour are very single dimension. They talk you listen, I guess bcs of my small sized group it became they talk, I ask, they answer. Tom replied my emails super fast too! I like that. I feel that I am being taken care of. Like the title says: 6 of 5 stars. To other Travellers, look no more, these are the right guides for Rome and the Vatican.
Reviewed by Anto - Jakarta, Indonesia
Like Having a Personalized High Quality PBS Tour

We booked a Tour that included a visit to all four major basilicas. Our guide was James Good and my wife and I were absolutely delighted and thrilled with the quality, care and professionalism we experienced with Eternal City Tours. James was extremely knowledgeable and more importantly was very friendly and personable throughout the tour. As someone who lives in Rome, he shared not only his encyclopedic knowledge of the basilicas but also insights to living in Rome. We made a coffee stop at Panella l'Arte del Pane where we were treated like friends hanks to a James' connections. He also gave us a number of very useful recommendations to improve our visit and stay in Rome. We enjoyed spending time with him and commend Eternal City Tours for delivering on their promise of a high quality experience.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Reviewed by Byron - California, USA
A Wonderful Tour!

We totally enjoyed the Holy Doors tour. We were impressed by the knowledge that James imparted judging the tour and we highly recommend this tour.
Reviewed by Ma Lourdes Natividad - USA
The best way to see Rome

Having been to Rome a few times before, our group was looking to tour Villa D'Este, Hadrian's Villa and the Catacombs of St. Callixtus with guides who offered a truly Christian perspective. And this is exactly what we found with Eternal City Tours.
Our group of 10 came from diverse backgrounds, but everyone was riveted by the fountains of information flowing in our direction.Our guides, Blitch and James were not only marvelously well-informed and passionate, they were also extremely patient!
I strongly recommend Eternal City Tours for those who want to delve more deeply into the wonders of Rome.
Reviewed by Lisa - Connecticut, USA
Chad was the best we've ever had!

Chad Deffler was the best guide we have ever had. We have traveled quite a lot in recent years and used a lot of guides. Chad was able to explain and answer all questions with absolute accuracy and clarity. His knowledge of Rome, religious history, and philosophy was incredible. All this was done in a manner that kept the tour interesting.
Reviewed by Sherwood & Carolyn - Florida, USA
Our guide Matthew was fantastic!

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Holy Doors Tour - 26th September 2016
Our guide Matthew was fantastic. He went the extra mile to explain and show us everything.
He didn't rush us and gave us ample opportunity to ask questions.
Many thanks to him, Tour of the Holy Doors was our reason to visit Rome and he made it all worthwhile.
We will definitely book with Eternal City tours again and request Matthew to be our Guide.
One in a million. Please let him know we appreciated his company and knowledge and hope to meet him again with Eternal City Tours.
Reviewed by Maria & Oliver - USA
Great Guides, Very Informative!

We did both the Vatican and Coliseum tours. Their guides were very informative, educated and fun! Highly recommend them.
Reviewed by Tim - Missouri, USA
Great Guides, Very Informative!

We did both the Vatican and Coliseum tours. Their guides were very informative, educated and fun! Highly recommend them.
Reviewed by Tim - Missouri, USA

Holy Art & Architecture Tour Description

Concentrated in the centre of the Eternal City, this Holy Art & Architecture Tour provides an introduction to some of the lesser well known architectural and artistic features of Rome.

Perfect for those who want to see some main sites but also get to see something most other visitors miss, this tour is a short 2 to 2.5 hour walking tour that is great for those on a budget.

Beginning at Bernini's Bridge of Angels you will then go down the little known street of the Rosary before continuing on to the world-famous Piazza Navona, where you will see the features of this ancient arena designed by masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Borromeo including the stunning church of Sant’Agnese.

After learning of the fascinating stories of the square and the rivalry between the architects, you continue on to the church of San Luigi dei Francesi which is home to masterpieces of one of arts most gifted and troubled artists – Caravaggio. For those particularly interested in this artistic master, we also offer a Caravaggio Art Tour.

From the masterpieces of Caravaggio, you then meander on to the awe inspiring ancient Pantheon with it’s colossal dome and mind boggling architecture. Eternally impressive, this area of Rome has a certain charm despite the throngs of tourists.

You will deftly avoid the travellers however by continuing on a little further to an under-appreciated and quiet Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva – one of the most beautiful churches in Rome that few know exists – with its unique architecture and interior art, in addition to being the resting place of the artist Fra. Angelico and the Doctor of the Church, St Catherine of Siena.

Finally you will end at Chiesa Nuova, or properly called church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, you will learn of the fascinating and spooky life of Philip Neri and his impact on Rome. You will marvel at the stunning frescoes around the church and learn about the churches fabulous pedigree.

Highlights of this tour include:
  • Bridge of Angels
  • Street of the Rosary
  • Piazza Navona
  • Masterpieces of Caravaggio
  • Pantheon
  • Relics of St Catherine of Sienna & art of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
  • Chiesa Nuova

2:15pm every Wednesday (perfect for those attending the Papal Audience)

2 hours


In front of Castel Sant'Angelo



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