Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Grande Galerie" of Art, the Roman Churches

Where: Rome
Suggested transport: on foot
Points of interest: 9
Target: For all
Trail: 1km 900m
Accessibility: All year round


The Grande Galerie is the name given to the hall in the Louvre Museum in Paris where the Italian paintings are exhibited. According to many experts, it is the richest Italian art collection in the world. But what if you could admire another collection of paintings, and richer too, just a stroll away and for free? Let yourself be awed by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens, Bramante, Carracci, Domenichino, Bernini, Andrea Pozzo, Gaulli… and many others. The most incredible exhibition of Italian art is still in Italy, scattered in the churches of Rome! You feel overwhelmed by the infinite number of churches in Rome and never know which ones are a must-see and where to find the true jewels? Follow this circuit that will guide you through the labyrinthine narrow streets of the old town to discover extraordinary masterpieces decorating small chapels or wonderful gilded altars – enjoy the paintings (and not only) in their ‘natural habitat’, the places they were created for.

>> The circuit includes 9 churches in the very center of Rome with several masterpieces each.

Suggested itinerary:

- Chiesa Nuova or Maria in Vallicella: frescoes by Pietro da Cortona. Altarpiece by Rubens. Works by Barocci, Guido Reni and Venusti in the chapels.

- S. Maria della Pace: frescoes by Raphael, Baldasarre Peruzzi, Rosso Fiorentino. Paintings by Orazio Gentileschi, Peruzzi and Lavinia Fontana. Cloister by Bramante.

- S. Maria dell’Anima: Altarpiece by Giulio Romano. Frescoes by Francesco Salviati, Michiel Coxcie and il Sermoneta. Tomb of Pope Hadrian VI.

- S. Nicola dei Lorenesi: frescoes by Corrado Giaquinto.

- S. Agnese in Agone: frescoes by Gaulli and Cozza. Baroque marble altars by sculptors Caffà, Raggi and Algardi. Church by Borromini.

- S.Agostino: Frescoes by Raphael and Lanfranco. Paintings by Guercino. Masterpiece painting by Caravaggio. Tomb of Saint Augustine’s mother.

- S. Luigi dei Francesi: Paintings by Caravaggio (his most famous art piece). Frescoes by Domenichino, Cavalier d’Arpino, Jacopino del Conte, Pellegrino Tibaldi.

- S. Maria sopra Minerva: Works by Michelangelo, Filippino Lippi, Bernini, Antoniazzo Romano, Gaulli and Barocci. Tombs of Saint Catherine of Siena and artist Beato Angelico.

- S. Ignazio: frescoes by Padre Pozzo.

-Practical information-

The tour includes churches in the very center of Rome with several masterpieces each.
Days, timetables and churches to be visited are subject to change depending on your wishes and the opening hours of the monuments.
Duration: 2,5 hours
Languages: italian / english / español / nederlands


© Christiaan Santini


  1. Just perfect! Church by church we tasted the beauty of art. Thanks Jack, highly raccomanded...

  2. Great tour, great job, we loved it. Thanks

  3. It has been a wonderfull walk, thanks Chris. We have seen art pieces we would have never been able to find without you. Maggie

  4. Fantastic guide. He knows his art history like the back of his hand. We were very impressed and he made the tour!

  5. So much beauty, so much art. Thanks Chris, this afternoon has been the highlight of our vacation


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