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Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo)
Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo) is the most important church in Rome’s sweeping Piazza del Popolo. With a 17th-century facade designed by Bernini, chapels by Bramante and Raphael, and museum-quality art by Pinturicchio and Caravaggio, the church is a highlight on any tour of Roman art treasures, architecture, or Catholic sights.
 
The Basics
Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, one of three churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Piazza del Popolo, was rebuilt in the 15th century over a chapel erected in 1099. Gian Lorenzo Bernini reworked the facade in the 1650s, and stunning frescoes, mosaics, and paintings were added over the centuries to decorate the church and its ornate chapels.
 
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is a highlight of private and small-group tours focused on Rome’s artistic masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries, as it contains works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Carracci, and Bernini. Fans of author Dan Brown can join an Angels and Demons tour that visits Roman sites featured in his bestselling novel. Santa Maria del Popolo, one of Rome’s Augustinian basilicas, is also an important house of worship and included in most tours of the city’s Catholic landmarks.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended, especially if you are visiting the basilica as part of a walking tour.
  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the church.
  • As in all of Rome’s churches, modest attire that covers shoulders and knees is required to enter.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is located on Piazza del Popolo, one of the most important squares in Rome. You can reach the square by taking Metro line A and getting off at the Flaminio stop.
 
When to Get There
The cool and quiet interior of the church is a welcome respite from the heat and crowds in Piazza del Popolo in the summer, though the church closes for a few hours starting around midday on weekdays and Sundays (open all day Saturday). Tourists are not allowed to enter when Mass is being celebrated, so check the schedule carefully before planning your visit.
 
Angels and Demons in Rome
Rome was the setting of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel Angels and Demons, published in 2000 and inspired by the secret society known as the Illuminati. The book casts a number of Rome’s most important historic sights as plot points or backdrops for the mystery. Included are the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant’Angelo.

Address: Piazza del Popolo, 12, Rome, Province of Rome 00187, Italy
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Exclusive Masters and Misteries in Rome Small group Tour

Exclusive Masters and Misteries in Rome Small group Tour

A delightful short walk in Roman squares away from the crowds, aimed to discover hidden masterpieces by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Borromini, Raphael... If you were thinking you could appreciate Michelangelo and the great art masters only in the Vatican, then let this exclusive tour prove you wrong! Michelangelo and the others left so many masterpieces in tiny palaces, secluded churches, huge squares... and in this tour you will discover them all!
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Small Group Tour - Skip the line: Masters and Misteries in Rome

Small Group Tour - Skip the line: Masters and Misteries in Rome

Half day walking tour exclusive A delightful short walk in Roman squares away from the crowds, aimed to discover hidden masterpieces by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Borromini, Raphael... If you were thinking you could appreciate Michelangelo and the great art masters only in the Vatican, then let this exclusive tour prove you wrong! Michelangelo and the others left so many masterpieces in tiny palaces, secluded churches, huge squares... and in this tour you will discover them all!
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Rome: Virtual Tour Angels and Demons

Rome: Virtual Tour Angels and Demons

Enjoy a webinar-style virtual tour of Rome following the Path of the Illuminati as described in Dan Brown's best-seller novel Angel&Demons. Explore Rome's baroque masterpieces comfortably from your couch. Our virtual tour features original 4K pictures made by our professional photographer and a live and interactive experience with our guide.
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Pantheon, Raphael and Caravaggio - Private Tour

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Pantheon, Raphael and Caravaggio - Private Tour

Learn about the lives of two of the greatest Italian artists & See their works in some of Rome’s lesser-known churches. Enjoy some wine and nibbles after your tour.
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Angels and Demons Tour

Angels and Demons Tour

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Relive the historic center of Rome in a new and fun way by retracing the steps of the movie "Angels and Demons". The walking itinerary retraces the symbolic sites of the film directed by Ron Howard, based on the best-selling book by Dan Brown.
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Caravaggio/Rome: a virtual tour

Caravaggio/Rome: a virtual tour

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We will virtually walk on the footsteps of Michelangelo Merisi aka Caravaggio using google earth mixed with other visual aids! We'll start from Piazza Navona and then visit 3 stunning churches: San Luigi dei Francesi, San'Agostino and Santa Maria del Popolo and "see" 6 original paintings by the master! We will walk in the alleys where he lived, loved, worked and....fought until he killed someone! We'll discover, his art, his adventurous life (and explore the city centre of Rome at the same time). CARAVAGGIO, was not only a painter, but a “star”! His adventurous life, full of sensational events, and his revolutionary style made him an undisputed leading figure of Italian art: you can find out everything about on our Caravaggio Experience. He came to Rome in search of fame and died at the young age of forty in exile, banished by the Pope after committing murder. He lived a short, dramatic life, knew the city of Rome in all its aspects, including the violent, sketchy and dangerous ones.
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Caravaggio Virtual Tour: Art and Death in Baroque Rome

Caravaggio Virtual Tour: Art and Death in Baroque Rome

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*** START TIME IS US EST *** If you like your art gut-wrenchingly dramatic and unbearably tense, then you need to get acquainted with Caravaggio. A manic, violent genius, his incredible works caused a sensation in Rome at the end of the 16th century, dramatically ushering in the age of the Baroque. Join art historian Caterina to get inside the mind and masterpieces of one of the most controversial geniuses in the story of art. On our immersive online itinerary, you’ll encounter saints with dirty feet being led to martyrdom and sensual virgins, voluptuous angels and provocative nudes, cardsharps, fortune-tellers and more! Join Caterina as she makes these masterpieces come alive, revealing the dark psyche and tumultuous life of Caravaggio along the way. At the end of our immersive virtual journey into the vivid world of Baroque Rome, you'll understand why Caravaggio’s dramatic paintings shocked his contemporaries and changed the world of art forever.
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