Bernini and Borromini: The Rivalry that Transformed Rome

This Rome art tour explores the rivalry between Bernini & Borromini, two masters of Baroque art & architecture, as explained by an English speaking guide.


  • Look closely at the masterworks of Bernini and Borromini, with the help of a knowledgeable English-speaking art docent
  • Explore Baroque architecture in depth through Bernini’s Sant’Andrea al Quirinale and Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
  • Visit Santa Maria della Vittoria and marvel at Bernini’s revolutionary statue The Ecstasy of St. Teresa
  • Be amazed by the Palazzo Barberini, built for Pope Urban VIII, the most extravagant of the Baroque popes


Rome Art Tour: Explore Baroque Art & Architecture

During the mid-1600s in Rome, two artists – each with a particular genius – appeared on the scene, left their imprint on the city, and shaped its aesthetic sensibility. Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, whose stunning masterworks, such as Bernini’s Sant’Andrea al Quirinale and Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, exemplify the dramatic and theatrical nature of the Baroque period. This Rome art tour explores 17th century Rome, a time of immense wealth and artistic growth.

Walk in the footsteps of Bernini & Borromini

In this tour through the Quirinale neighborhood of Rome, you’ll dive into the Baroque period and the artistic ideas that fueled it. The discussion will include the roles that politics and religion took in the art of the period, and we’ll focus on the biographies of these two artists whose lives contrasted as much as their art. This is an ideal Rome art tour for anyone who’s interested in art and in learning more about the artists who helped to shape the Eternal City.

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