On this baroque-themed walking tour of Rome’s historical center, visit the city’s classical squares and fountains with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll discover some of the most beloved landmarks in the Eternal City, including the Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Visit the lovely Piazza Navona, home to the 17th-century Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and check out the Church of St Louis of the French to see three masterpieces by Caravaggio.
Rome Squares and Fountains Walking Tour
Meet your guide at the bottom of the Spanish Steps to start your walking tour through the streets of Rome to see baroque architecture, sculpture and paintings amid the Eternal City's fountains and squares.
As you stand at the bottom of one of the world's most popular stairways, hear about its legends and its place in various Hollywood movies, and take in the 18th-century design of the steps from your position in the Piazza di Spagna, where you can also admire the Barcaccia fountain, designed by Pietro Bernini and his more famous son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Then head to the Trevi Fountain, another famed Rome landmark that has made appearances in films, including the Oscar-winning movie by Fellini, La Dolce Vita, an icon of 1960s Italy. Make sure to throw a coin into the water to ensure a future visit to Rome.
Continue your tour at the Pantheon, one of the most precious ancient Roman monuments. Once a temple dedicated to 'all the gods' and converted later in a Catholic church, this is an important example of ancient architecture, known for its original dome with its 'oculum' and its overwhelming interior. Your next stop is the Church of St Louis of the French (San Luigi dei Francesi), where you can see three Caravaggio paintings in the Contarelli Chapel about the life of St Matthew: The Calling of St Matthew, The Inspiration of St Matthew and The Martyrdom of St Matthew.
Your tour ends in one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, Piazza Navona. Admire its two baroque attractions, the ornate Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) by Bernini and Sant'Agnese in Agone church by Borromini. From here, you are perfectly placed to continue exploring Rome's historical center on your own.