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Church of Saint Louis of the French (Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi) Tours

Church of Saint Louis of the French (Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi)
The undisputed headliners of the sumptuous 16th-century Church of Saint Louis the French (Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi), commissioned by the Medici family and located near Rome’s elegant Piazza Navona, are three magnificent masterpieces by Caravaggio, among the baroque artist’s few surviving works that can be viewed in their original location.

The Basics
The Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi was built by Domenico Fontana and Giacomo della Porta and houses Caravaggio’s spectacular Saint Matthew series, among the artist’s most important paintings in Rome. Join a themed tour that focuses specifically on Caravaggio’s life and work to view his The Calling of Saint Matthew (Vocazione di San Matteo), The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (San Matteo e Angelo), and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew (Martirio di San Matteo).

In addition to the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi, tours of Rome’s top baroque monuments and artists also include stops at the Church of St. Andrew of the Thickets (Chiesa di Sant'Andrea della Valle) and the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola) to see additional works by Bernini, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Remember to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees to enter the church.
  • Tours of Rome's baroque churches and monuments require quite a bit of time on your feet, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Due to the stairs at the entrance to the church, it is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Photography without a flash is allowed inside the church.
  • The church is free to enter, but bring some coins to light up the Contarelli Chapel, where the Caravaggio paintings are located.

How to Get There

The Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi is set on the square of the same name right in the center of Rome. It’s a quick walk from Piazza Navona, where many buses stop.

When to Get There
Rome is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and its main churches can be crowded during the busy summer months. Try to visit first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to enjoy the stunning Caravaggios in relative peace.

The Medicis in Rome

The Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi was commissioned in the early 16th century by the Medici cardinal who later became Pope Clement VII. Catherine de Medici had married the French king, and the connection between Rome and France was cemented by Catherine’s donation of some of the land on which the church was built. San Luigi dei Francesi has been the national church of France in Rome since it was consecrated in 1589.

Address: Piazza di S. Luigi de' Francesi, Rome 00186, Italy
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On the traces of Caravaggio: A tour of Light and Darkness

On the traces of Caravaggio: A tour of Light and Darkness

An art expert will guide us in discovering Caravaggio’s life and works. Admire the beautiful paintings in the churches of St. Louis of the French and St. Augustine. Visit to the painter’s house-workshop.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour - City Center

Private Tour - City Center

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The Tour of the City Centre will give you the opportunity to discover Rome from the artistic, historical and legendary point of view. A long stroll from Spanish Steps to Navona Square, jumping forward and backward in time, from Roman Empire to modern times. Some of the highlights of the Tour: - Spanish Steps - Trevi Fountain - Pantheon - St. Ignatius Church - St. Louis Church - Navona Square
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Private 2 Hour Walking Tour from Piazza Navona: Artistic Rome

Private 2 Hour Walking Tour from Piazza Navona: Artistic Rome

The famous Piazza Navona is paved on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones "games), and hence it was known as "Circus Agonalis" (competition arena). It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona. During its history, the piazza has hosted theatrical events and other ephemeral activities. From 1652 until 1866, when the festival would take place, it was flooded on every Saturday and Sunday in August in elaborate celebrations of the Pamphilj family. The church San Luigi dei Francesi was designed by Giacomo della Porta and built by Domenico Fontana between 1518 and 1589, and completed through the personal intervention of Catherine de' Medici, who donated to it some property in the area. It is the national church in Rome of France. The three world-renowned canvases of Caravaggio are in Contarelli Chapel.
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Caravaggio Experience: wine, food and art in Baroque Rome

Caravaggio Experience: wine, food and art in Baroque Rome

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Learn about life in the 17th century, during Caravaggio's era, with this unusual experience that combines food, wine, and art. You'll be served local an assortment of Italian foods paired with three different types of wine, with explanations from a local wine expert about each. You’ll also get to hear a historian speak about Caravaggio's works and, more generally, what life was like in Baroque Rome.
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Saints, Heretics and the Inquisition

Saints, Heretics and the Inquisition

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What exactly can you expect from this tour? Immerse yourself in the Rome of wonders, saints, and the Roman Inquisition. Experience the contrast between the veneration of exemplary saints and the secular side of the former Papal States. Highlights: You will visit the Church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, the last resting place of Master Borromini. After that follows the famous Campo de'Fiori. A former field of flowers, transformed into a place of execution. Then "Sant'Andrea della Valle" will enchant you with the Barberini chapel. Then you will visit "Piazza Navona", with the fountain "Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi", by Bernini, and the church "Sant'Agnese in Agone", designed by Borromini. Afterward, we visit the church "Santa Maria delle Anima" with its colourfulness and "San Luigi dei Francesi", with the paintings of Caravaggio and Guido Reni. Finally, you will reach the highlight of the tour, the "Pantheon" and you will also discover the seat of the Roman Inquisition.
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Caravaggio Rome Tour: With Exclusive Access to Top Restoration Lab

Caravaggio Rome Tour: With Exclusive Access to Top Restoration Lab

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Join this Caravaggio Rome tour for exclusive-access to an art restoration lab. In the lab, you'll enjoy a relaxed aperitif with the master-artisans who have restored Caravaggio's masterpieces. On your way, you'll visit the churches which house Caravaggio's most moving artworks in Rome — including 'Madonna of Loreto', which the team restored. Discover the secrets of the tricky business of art restoration in this all-female, art restoration lab. They hold the honor of being one of two labs in the entire world who have restored three Caravaggio paintings. Hear their story of the public restoration of Caravaggio's 'Madonna of Loreto' in the church of Sant' Agostino. You'll see the master artisans in action, restoring some of the current 16th century paintings in their workshop. Before the lab, you'll visit the church of Sant' Agostino and see the 'Madonna of Loreto', one of the Caravaggio's the lab restored. Then, you'll visit the masterful St. Matthew series at San Luigi dei Francesi.
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Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-up by Marco

Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-up by Marco

Enjoy a private guided walking tour among Caravaggio's works of art and the places where he lived and worked in Rome. Your highly-qualified guide and local art historian will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the artist's unique style. You will also see some of Rome's most fascinating locations and discover other great artists who characterised the Baroque period in Rome. You will learn about the artist's innovations and altercations, and how Michelangelo Merisi (his real name) left an indelible mark on the history of art thanks to the breathtaking quality of his trailblazing painting. You will go to some of the places that still host the art that was created for them, such as Santa Maria del Popolo, San Luigi dei Francesi and Sant’Agostino, three important churches in the heart of Rome's old town. As you walk, you will come across the same streets that Caravaggio used to frequent in the 1600s, and they haven't changed much since when.
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  • 3 hours
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Art and blood: the Mistery of Caravaggio

Art and blood: the Mistery of Caravaggio

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A exclusive tour with a art historian Three Churches in Rome to follow the path of the genial painter: Caravaggio!. Streets and alleys where he lived and shared time with the poorest ones.. We'll be on the trails of Caravaggio and discover how dangerous Rome was in those years. His art will reveal the secrets of the bloody time he lived in! You'll visit: - San Luigi dei Francesi - Sant'Agostino - Santa Maria del Popolo
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Caravaggio Art Walking Tour with Donato PhD Guide

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour with Donato PhD Guide

If you're an art lover or curious to know more about the life and masterpieces of Caravaggio, then this 2.5-hour walking tour with Donato, your professional art historian guide, is for you. Throughout the tour you'll see 'in situ' pieces, which mean they were designed specifically for this location. Meet your guide Donato outside the Santa Maria del Popolo Church. On entering you'll marvel at two of Caravaggio's magnificent works within the Cerasi Chapel depicting the Crucifixion of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul. Walk through the Tridente neighborhood where Caravaggio resided in the15th century and on to the church of St. Louis of the French. Here you can admire the artist's work on the altarpiecec in the Contarelli Chapel, which displays paintings of St. Matthew's life. Take a look at the Madonna of Loreto, one of his most famous paintings, which he donated to the Sant’Agostino church. This tour is customizable and can include a visit to see his other works in Rome.
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Exclusive Rome | Caravaggio and Baroque Masterpieces guided tour | Private Tour

Exclusive Rome | Caravaggio and Baroque Masterpieces guided tour | Private Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of one of Rome’s most renowned former residents—and discover a number of his masterpieces—on this private, Caravaggio-themed tour. Led by a trained art historian, this tour includes stops at several of the Baroque painter’s former residences. You’ll also get to glimpse some of his striking canvases, including The Crucifixion of St. Peter, The Conversion of St. Paul, and The Calling of St. Matthew. As you go, learn more about Caravaggio’s life, and spot some of Rome’s other highlight attractions.
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Rome Highlights and Market Semi Private Morning Walking Tour

Rome Highlights and Market Semi Private Morning Walking Tour

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Take in the main sights of Rome on this small-group, 3-hour guided walking tour. Traverse the Eternal City on foot, stopping by sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon among other landmarks. Visit the San Luigi dei Francesi church to admire works by Caravaggio before exploring the Mercato dei Fiori Numbers are limited to 10 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention at all times.
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Raphael & Caravaggio Guided Walking Tour- Wine Tasting

Raphael & Caravaggio Guided Walking Tour- Wine Tasting

Experience the Rome of Caravaggio and Raphael. On this tour the painters and their works will be brought back to life by our fascinating guide, before you enjoy a few glasses of Italy’s finest wines. Highlights • Discover the amazing works of Raphael and Caravaggio in Rome’s churches • Visit the beautiful Santa Maria del Popolo and San Luigi dei Francesi, amongst others • See the Pantheon, an iconic Roman Landmark
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Caravaggio Guided Tour in Rome - Art, Life & Masterpieces of the Great

Caravaggio Guided Tour in Rome - Art, Life & Masterpieces of the Great

Discover the magnificent masterpieces of Caravaggio on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Together with your professional art historian guide, you'll learn of his life, his works and other talented painters of the Roman Baroque period. Begin the tour in the Santa Maria del Popolo Church where you’ll see 2 of Caravaggio’s paintings. Throughout the tour you’ll see a large selection of pieces, known as ‘in situ’ masterpieces, as they remain in the location they were originally designed. As you walk around the Tridente neighborhood where the artist resided in the15th century, you’ll see where he found inspiration for his paintings, before heading to The Church of Saint Louis. Here you can admire the beautiful Saint Matthew series altarpiece in the National Church of France. Take a brief look inside Sant’Agostino to admire a gem not often visited. We can customize your tour, so you can see his works in the Borghese Gallery, the Barberini Palace, the Capitoline Museums and the Vatican too.
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The Great Works of Caravaggio in Rome with Local Guide Alessandra

The Great Works of Caravaggio in Rome with Local Guide Alessandra

Enjoy this fascinating tour into the life and masterpieces of the great Caravaggio as you walk around Rome. Discover his old neighborhood from the 15th century where he grew up and hear how his surroundings inspired him to create such magnificent pieces of art. Also on this 2.5-hour tour you'll see some 'in-situ' pieces of his, which are works of art designed specially for these locations. Meet Alessandra at the first stop, Santa Maria del Popolo church. She'll take you inside to the Cerasi chapel and here you can admire 2 of Caravaggio's artworks: the Crucifixion of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul. Wander through the Tridente neighborhood where the artist once lived, which will lead you to St. Louis of the French church to see the beautiful altarpiece painted by the artist to show the life of St. Matthew. Be in awe of the famous 'Madonna in Loreto' painting in the Sant'Agostino church. This tour can be customized if you wish to see other Caravaggio artworks while in Rome.
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Caravaggio, masterpieces and secrets - Private Tour

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Caravaggio, masterpieces and secrets - Private Tour

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Stroll around Rome’s historical center and discover the tumultuous life and amazing masterpieces of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the greatest and most famous painter of the Baroque art in Italy! His beautiful and fascinating paintings are mostly known for the incredible naturalism and for the dramatic use of lighting: thanks to bright shafts of light, noble and violent figures capture attention emerging from shadows. You’ll have the incredible chance to see this “tenebrism” from close in his great canvases, from the intriguing cycle on the theme of Saint Matthew the Evangelist to the raw violence of the Crucifixion of Saint Peter. And Caravaggio’s life was as dramatic as his paintings: his irritable and violent character led him to get involved in street-brawls and caused him trouble with the law, culminating in a death sentence for murder. Our knowledgeable guide will lead you through the alleys that were the scene of fights and brawls to the beautiful churches were Caravaggio’s breathtaking masterpieces continue to fascinate visitors after more than four centuries. This tour can be customized to meet your requests and special needs! Please contact us!
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Private Caravaggio in Rome Tour: Gorgeous Experience of Art

Private Caravaggio in Rome Tour: Gorgeous Experience of Art

Caravaggio was one of Italy’s most important painters, known for his revolutionary Baroque art. On this tour, discover Rome through the eyes of Caravaggio and see the sites that inspired his most memorable masterpieces. Visit lesser-known sites such as the Church of St. Louis of the French, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, and Palazzo Doria Pamphilj; learn what life was like in the Baroque era; and admire 16th-century artworks by Caravaggio.
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Baroque Rome with

Baroque Rome with "chic" aperitif on the panoramic terrace

Rome is known throughout the world not only for its archaeological heritage but also for its baroque buildings. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo Merisi, nicknamed "Caravaggio", Francesco Castelli, the so-called Borromini and Pietro Da Cortona are some of the artists who worked in the Eternal City, leaving some of their most important works of art in architecture, sculpture and painting. Thanks to this private tour, you will discover the best of Baroque Rome, ending your walk in an exclusive and perfectly styled place, thanks to an unforgettable panoramic aperitif
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Walk with Bernini Caravaggio Michelangelo and Raphael

Walk with Bernini Caravaggio Michelangelo and Raphael

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Rome hosts dazzling baroque artworks, and with this art-focused tour you’ll admire some of the city’s masterpieces. Join your guide near the Spanish Steps for a walking itinerary that takes in works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, and, of course, Michelangelo. Learn about the history and techniques behind spectacular art decorating the most famous churches in Rome, or request a customized tour to see the works that most interest you.
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Introduction to Rome in 10 Stops: 2 Hour Historical Center Walking Tour

Introduction to Rome in 10 Stops: 2 Hour Historical Center Walking Tour

Introduction to Rome in 10 Steps is a perfect tour for first time visitors. Learn history and art from the local Roman guide as you walk through some of the most famous sights of the city. Visit over 2000 years of Rome in 2 hours: it's ancient, medievel, renaissance and baroque times; meet on your way Michelangello, Bernini, Borommini, Caravaggio and Fra Angelico, Medici Pope Clemente VII, Ignazius Louola, the founder of Jesuits and Saint Catherine, the patron of Italy among many famous personalities who's history made Rome such a unique place to visit.
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Raphael and Caravaggio in the Roman Churches - Private Day Tour from Rome

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Raphael and Caravaggio in the Roman Churches - Private Day Tour from Rome

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The masterful paintings of 16th-century artist Michelangelo Merisi (1571-1610), better known as Caravaggio, continue to fascinate more than 400 years after his death. The artist's paintings combine with gritty, realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, and make dramatic use of chiaroscuro. Today Rome hosts about 25 Caravaggio masterpieces that can be viewed by the public: several can be seen in the churches, others by some of the most important art collections in palaces and museums. Raffaello Sanzio known as Raphael was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, which forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican but also in some churches.
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Caravaggio Art Walking Tour - The Other Michelangelo - Private Tour

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour - The Other Michelangelo - Private Tour

There was more than one Michelangelo? Absolutely. Michelangelo Merisi, the ‘black’ painter, better known as Caravaggio. During this walking tour, we´ll learn about his / her very interesting life. The churches of St. Mary of the People, St. Augustine and St. Louis of the French all hold works from Caravaggio dating from the end of the 16th century. This was a time when the Catholic Church was commissioning "uplifting art - highly ideological images of angels, heaven, lands and abundance, but this was not Caravaggio's style. Caravaggio painted ‘real life’ images; human beings plagued by fatigue, old age, sickness and misery. He painted torture and death. You can guess, this didn't make him very popular with the church. We'll tell you about his life and why he painted this way. His story is, in our opinion, probably one of the most fascinating stories in the history of art.
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Discovering Caravaggio, Raphael and Pantheon Walking tour

Discovering Caravaggio, Raphael and Pantheon Walking tour

Learn about the lives of two of Italy’s greatest artists, Raphael and Caravaggio See their stunning works in some of Rome’s loveliest churches Admire the architectural wonder that is the Pantheon
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Spiritual tour - In-Depth Walking Tour of Rome

Spiritual tour - In-Depth Walking Tour of Rome

This In-Depth walking tour is perfect for those of you who would like to learn more about the Eternal City. Your local guide, Luigi Senise with a Phd in Art History, will show you the marriage between art, faith and history walking through Rome's famous landmarks. Discover the churches with its treasures: Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini and many more. This complete three hour tour offers you the best way to experience the spiritual beauty and the fascination of Rome.
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$11.87
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In the Footsteps of Caravaggio Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

In the Footsteps of Caravaggio Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

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Trace the dramatic life and visual legacy of Caravaggio on a private art tour in Rome. Visit beautiful churches to admire the painter’s original works while an expert guide shares scandalous details of his life and how he shaped the Baroque movement. Geared towards art enthusiasts, it's a great way to delve deeper into one of Rome's most influential and enigmatic masters.
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