Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome

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Rome: 4-Hour Private Tour with Driver

1. Rome: 4-Hour Private Tour with Driver

Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located hotel in Rome and the services of a driver for 4 hours on this exclusive tour of the "Eternal City." See all the main sights of the 2,500-year-old city and delve deep beneath its layers to reveal a fascinating story. Join a private driver on a journey to legendary monuments, such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Admire palaces formerly owned by Roman nobility, such as the High Renaissance edifice of Palazzo Farnese. Discover Rome's only Gothic church at Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Get personalized attention throughout the tour. Your itinerary can be customized to suit your own interests. Be wowed by the beauty of some of the city's most famous squares, see historic churches and Baroque fountains, and make sure you pause for a delicious Italian ice cream!

Discover Rome: Walking City Tour

2. Discover Rome: Walking City Tour

Discover the secrets of the Eternal City and learn of its rich history throughout the centuries, stopping at the most breathtaking sites, monuments and squares along the way. Arrive at the office and meet your expert guide to begin with an introduction and stroll along the famous Imperial Forum road and admire the ruins of the Roman Forum on either side before arriving at Piazza Venezia and Trajan’s Column. From here the next stop is the Trevi Fountain, the most famous fountain in Rome. Hear the connection between water and the city as the guide points out interesting details in its beautiful facade. From the Trevi, pass through the busy shopping street of Via del Corso and into Piazza di Pietra, a little-known square that is home to the Temple of Hadrian. Walk further into the historic center along the cobbles and come upon the Pantheon, the most well-preserved building in Rome. Hear the amazing feats in Roman architecture and marvel at its dome, which is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Inside, peer up at its oculus and learn of the famous figures in history whose tombs are inside, such as the artist Raphael. Just near the Pantheon there is the small church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Bernini’s beloved Elephant statue standing just outside. Continue from here to Largo di Torre Argentina, which is believed to be the site of Julius Caesar's assassination. The final stop will be Piazza Navona, the largest and most elegant square in Rome and also the site of Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers. Learn about the wonderful elements that comprise this beautiful fountain and the meaning behind them. Finish up with a tasty authentic Italian gelato as you say farewell!

Rome: Pantheon & Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour

3. Rome: Pantheon & Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour

Meet your guide on Piazza della Minerva in the heart of Rome to enter the best-preserved monument of Ancient Rome. Marvel at one of the most fabled temples of the Roman Empire. Get a detailed history of the Pantheon from your guide, who will point out ground-breaking features, such as the coffered concrete dome. Take a look at the oculus in the center of the dome, allowing natural light to illuminate the building while lightening the structural load. Initially a temple, the Pantheon is now one of the most spectacular churches in Rome and acts as the mausoleum to the tombs of Raphael, King Victor Emmanuel II and Queen Margherita among others. Then, make your way to the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva behind the Pantheon and explore the church where the popes of the Florentine Medici family were buried. Admire the church interior, covered in artworks by Michelangelo.

Rome: Masters and Mysteries Walking Tour

4. Rome: Masters and Mysteries Walking Tour

Start at the Galleria Spada where you will see the world-famous Galleria Prospettica built by the architect Borromini in the 17th-century. Marvel at how the corridor looks wide and long but it is just an optical illusion. Walk a little further and enter the gothic church of Santa Maria Sopra la Minerva home to Michelangelo's Standing Christ. Nearby in Piazza Navona, see breathtaking paintings by Caravaggio that will change your perception of light and darkness. Finally admire the authentic works by Raphael, located in the Chigi headquarter church. Amaze your friends and family with knowledge gained from this off-the-beaten-track walking tour.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 117 reviews

We booked the guide just the evening before and we got contacted by the agency that is was hard to find a guide so soon. Therefor we rescheduled the guide to another time. The agency really showed flexibility. Great thanks! Our guide Georgio was amazing. We were the only one on the tour so it was a really nice private experience.

Fantastic Tour with a fantastic Guide. Veronica knew just everything, her german is very good. I was the only client on the tour, that made it very special. All the things you always wanted to know about the Pantheon and the area that sorrounds it, you get to know on this tour. Thank you so much.

Very informative, and the guide, I forgot his name (Josh or Georges) was fantastic. What a great historian!

My mom cannot walk long distances and this tour was excellent for her.

Good tour, relaxed pace and lots of opportunities to ask questions.