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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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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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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 8 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention at all times.
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Walk with Bernini Caravaggio Michelangelo and Raphael

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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 Private City Center Tour By Golf Cart

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Many parts of Rome’s historic city center are closed to vehicles, but you’ll enjoy unobstructed views of the Eternal City’s top attractions in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart during this half-day tour. Cover top sights in a single day with just a few hours of sightseeing, from the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon to scenic Trastevere, and avoid walking long distances.
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Highlights & Market, Vatican, Colosseum Semi Private Tour in 2 Days

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Maximize time in Rome with a comprehensive two-day tour. Skip the line with priority access tickets to see top attractions including the Vatican, Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Explore the main highlights of Rome and see historic landmarks such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and experience local coffee culture at a typical Roman café during this small-group tour.
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Full Day: Piazzas & Fountains and Vatican Museums - Pick up and Lunch included

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Taste the full flavor of Rome on a full-day comprehensive tour of the city with stops at famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, and the Vatican. Stop for an Italian restaurant lunch, and get a complete overview of the city. This tour is ideal for first time visitors to Rome, or anyone who is short on time, but still wants to see all the sights.
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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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Private Caravaggio in Rome Tour: Gorgeous Experience of Art

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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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Caravaggio Experience: wine, food and art in Baroque Rome

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

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Art and Pasticcerias - Rome

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Combine two things that Italy is widely known for—art and pasta—in this single tour. Set out on a carefully curated walk with your guide, who will show you several artistic and architectural masterpieces located in a very small radius in Rome. Stop along the walk at various pasticcerias, some you known only to locals that you may not find on your own. Taste Sicilian cakes, pasta, and some recipes passed down through generations. This tour operates with a maximum of six people, which means an intimate atmosphere.
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I Love ROMA - Max's Walking Tour

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Lights and shadows in Rome: on the traces of Caravaggio

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Art and blood: the Mistery of Caravaggio

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

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From markets to fountains, ancient monuments to high-end boutiques, discover Rome’s dynamic and diverse public squares on this piazza-themed walking tour (headsets are included so you can hear your guide’s every word). Explore the elegant Piazza Navona and admire the millennia-old Pantheon, see the world-renowned Trevi Fountain and the iconic Spanish Steps, visit the bustling market in Campo de Fiori and the city’s Jewish Quarter, and much more. As you go, learn all about the city's wealth of history.
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Private tour to discover the main squares of the Eternal City. You'll visit the most famous fountains of Rome. Tailor made tour will catch your attention and interest.
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Discovering Caravaggio, Raphael and Pantheon Walking tour

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

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Spiritual tour - In-Depth Walking Tour of Rome

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