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Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria) Tours

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Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria)
Best known for its Cornaro Chapel—home to Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s stunning masterpiece, The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa—the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria) has one of the most ornate marble interiors in Rome. Designed by baroque architect Carlo Maderno, the church is adorned with white and gilded stucco angels and putti, as well as 17th-century frescoes. 

The Basics
Santa Maria della Vittoria (Saint Mary of Victory) was begun in the early 17th century, designed by Maderno and featuring a facade by Giovanni Battista Soria that is a near replica of Maderno’s nearby church of Santa Susanna, completed in 1603. In addition to The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, this relatively small church is decorated with a number of other sculptures by Domenico Guidi and Pierre Etienne Monnot, and paintings by Giovanni Domenico Cerrini, Guercino, Nicolas Lorrain, and Domenichino. The preserved remains of Saint Victoria are displayed inside.

Santa Maria della Vittoria is a popular stop on walking tours of Rome—especially those that focus on works by Bernini and landmarks mentioned in the popular novel Angels & Demons. You can combine a visit with stops at other city highlights like the Colosseum, the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, and the Spanish Steps.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Photography without a flash is allowed inside Santa Maria della Vittoria.
  • Modest attire that covers shoulders and knees is required to enter.
  • Touring the church during mass is frowned upon.
  • The church is not accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There
Santa Maria della Vittoria is located on Via XX Settembre between Piazza della Repubblica and the Termini station, and Villa Borghese. Both of the city's metro lines and many bus routes stop at Termini.

When to Get There
The church can be crowded at peak times of year, especially due to L’Estasi di Santa Teresa being one of Bernini’s most famous sculptures in Italy. Try to visit in the early morning or late afternoon to enjoy this marvelous work in relative peace.  

Santa Maria della Vittoria in Literature
Santa Maria della Vittoria was featured in Dan Brown’s bestselling novel Angels & Demons, a follow-up to the smash hit The Da Vinci Code. The church became a hugely popular tourist destination in Rome after the book was published in 2006 and the film version was released a few years later.
Address: 20 Settembre number 17, Rome, Italy
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Rome: Angels and Demons Tour Half-Day Semi-Private

Rome: Angels and Demons Tour Half-Day Semi-Private

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For a twist on the typical city tour, immerse yourself into the Rome of ‘Angels and Demons,’ Dan Brown’s bestselling novel. Inspired by the book, this sightseeing adventure takes you on a treasure hunt through the Eternal City, following the trail of the secret society known as the Illuminati. As you go, you’ll see top Rome attractions like the Pantheon, St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo.
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  • 4 hours
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Semi-Private walking tour: ANGELS & DEMONS

Semi-Private walking tour: ANGELS & DEMONS

Based on the famous book by Dan Brown, this tour is a treasure hunt in the heart of the city that discovers clues and puzzles scattered around the historic center of Rome. Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour led by a local and professional art historian. Meet your guide near the Flaminio Station and let yourself be carried away by the magical atmosphere of the city. Start the tour of the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo and the Piazza del Popolo, continue to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria where one of the most interesting Bernini's sculptures, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, is preserved. Head to the famous temple of all gods, the Pantheon; walk through the Roman streets and visit the incredible Piazza Navona and Castel Sant'Angelo. The St. Peter's Square.
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  • 3 hours
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A genius life: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the artist of the Popes

A genius life: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the artist of the Popes

A private tour leaded by a official art historian guide to discover the life of a genius! The exploration of the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and their evolution over the years will be an opportunity to retrace the events of his private life, to get to know the man behind the artist, and discover frailty, strengths, his determination, his courage and, sometimes…his tendency to bully, too! The tour will cover:  - Spanish steps - Piazza Barberini - Santa Maria della Vittoria (Ecstasy of Saint Teresa) - Santa Maria sopra Minerva  - Sant'Andrea delle Fratte - Piazza Navona
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Rome and The Vatican: Angels & Demons Mystery Game (Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi)

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Rome and The Vatican: Angels & Demons Mystery Game (Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi)

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Follow in the steps of character Robert Langdon in "Angels and Demons" on this downloadable quest. Walk around Rome, solving games and clues to unlock the next destination, revealed on your smartphone. You and your group can immerse yourself in Langdon's story as well as the history of Rome, moving at your own pace and taking as long as you like.
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Semi-Private Walking Tour: Angels and Demons

Semi-Private Walking Tour: Angels and Demons

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Designed especially for fans of Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons,’ this 3-hour walking tour offers the chance to explore the secrets of the Illuminati scattered throughout the heart of Rome. Along with a tour guide and a small group, make your way through the city’s piazzas and basilicas as you follow mysterious clues and solve riddles based on the book, texts of Galileo and the symbolic artwork of Bernini.
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Fountains and Fallen Angels

Fountains and Fallen Angels

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Immerse yourself in Rome, the fountain, and illusionist art. Experience the contrast between the harmonious fountains and the fallen angels who turn into demons. You will be guided by one of our local, certified tour guides. What makes our guides special is their passion for Rome and they want to share it with you. Highlights of the guided tour: Discover the Church of "Santa Maria degli Angeli" which, a masterwork by Michelangelo. Admire the " Ecstasy of Saint Teresa" in "Santa Maria della Vittoria" "Le Quattro Fontane" decorated by 4 fountains. Borromini's masterpiece "San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane". Bernini's "Sant'Andrea al Quirinale". Then you will learn where the President of the Italian Republic has his seat. Then you will learn all about the most famous fountain in the world, the "Fontana di Trevi". "Santi XII Apostoli" with its apostles' graves will impress you. As a crowning finale, "Il Gesù", the mother church of the Jesuits.
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Private Angels and Demons Tour: Between Faith & Science

Private Angels and Demons Tour: Between Faith & Science

Are you a big fan of 'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown? This tour will take you to all highlights of the movie and book, while you will enjoy a stroll through the Roman city centre. Explore Rome as Robert Langdon did and learn more about the iconic art pieces by michelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio that made the movie even better.
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In the Footsteps of Bernini Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

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

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Learn about the artwork and architecture of Gian Lorenzo Bernini during this private tour in Rome. Follow in the artist’s footsteps during a walking tour that includes visits to major landmarks including Piazza Barberini, Piazza del Popolo, and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea. See Bernini’s sculptures, fountains, and architectural plans.
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  • 3 hours
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Truly authentic small group Roman walking adventure - Presidential

Truly authentic small group Roman walking adventure - Presidential

Truly authentic Roman walking adventure with our amazing hosts Emanuela and Giuliano. Romans through and through, we provide you with unique Roman insights. Friendly and extremely knowledgeable, we ensure you have an unforgettable experience. We also enjoy a coffee break and lunch at some of Rome's best kept secrets.
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Angels & Demons team building in Rome

Angels & Demons team building in Rome

Hunt down the illuminati using clues on this team-building tour through Rome. Each team drives a golf cart and is armed with a tour book and other tools necessary to fulfill their mission. After four hours, each team presents its clues to the mysterious Magister who will judge them. Later at a luncheon or dinner event, the winners will be announced. Starts from six people (two teams).
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Angels & Demons - Private Walking Tour

Angels & Demons - Private Walking Tour

Questo Walking Tour ripercorre le più famose vie di Roma con i suoi luoghi e le sue chiese che sono state portate nel romanzo di Dan Brown e anche sul grande schermo in tutto il mondo. Scoprirete non solo la storia ma anche le leggende che vi sono legate e potrete ammirare questi spot con una diversa visione.
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Rome Walking Tour: Mary and Saint's Churches

Rome Walking Tour: Mary and Saint's Churches

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Religious history buff? Don’t miss the chance to visit some of Rome’s historical churches with a knowledgeable guide. This tour takes you to sites dedicated to Mary and different saints, including the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Church of Santa Maria della Victoria, Church of Saint Susanna at the Baths of Diocletian, San Andrea della Frate, Church of San Silvestro in Capite and Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles. Learn about the significance of these sites as you see features like a Bernini statue and relics of the Apostles.
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