Santa Maria della Vittoria

Santa Maria della Vittoria: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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

Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Next, stop outside St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, where you’ll see Bernini's sculpture, Estasi di Santa Teresa. It was here that Langdon found the third dead cardinal, who was branded with the word fire. Your guide will take you through the most important places in the ancient city center, including Repubblica Square, and Navona Square, where you’ll see Bernini's stunning Fountain of the 4 Rivers and the obelisk. According to the book, Langdon finds the last dead cardinal here, branded with the word water. From Navona Square you’ll head to the last stop, Castel Sant’Angelo, a gathering place of the Illuminati, and hear about the passetto, a hidden passage that leads to Vatican City. This shortcut was used by past popes as a way to escape, and in the book it is used as a hideout for the assassin.

Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

2. Rome: Bernini and Borromini Geniuses of the Baroque Tour

We start with the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria: Hidden behind its elegant façade, this church features a mind-boggling explosion of painting, sculpture, stuccos, marbles, and Baroque architecture. Sculpted angels emerge from the walls and appear to float mid-air – illusionistic paintings brake the boundaries of the walls, catapulting you into a transcendent vision of Angels and Demons. You will marvel at Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, as your guide explains the history behind the most scandalous artwork of the Baroque. This impossibly lifelike statue has shocked and amazed viewers for hundreds of years. Now you can join the legions of viewers who have been enchanted by it as you learn about its gripping story. Ascend the gentle slopes of the Quirinal Hill: Your tour then takes you up one of the Seven Hills of Rome to compare Borromini’s Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane with Bernini’s Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale. Your guide will help you understand the different styles of the two masters, the more audacious and eclectic Borromini, and the more classical and elegant Bernini. Their different styles reflect opposite personalities, and you will learn all about the artists’ rivalry. Behold their monumental legacy on Piazza Navona: Piazza Navona is quite simply an unmissable stop on any tour to Rome. Here, you will admire Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and learn about the legends and stories which surround its construction. This is Rome’s most breathtaking fountain – a glorious artistic achievement with horses galloping out of the rushing water and powerful marble giants reclining on rocky outcrops. Opposite the fountain we will see Borromini’s majestic Church of Sant’Agnese and discover how this building represented the culmination of his career. These two competing buildings stand as an eternal testament to the lives, rivalry, and genius of the two great masters of the Baroque.

Roman Heresy on the Trail of Angels and Demons Driving Tour

3. Roman Heresy on the Trail of Angels and Demons Driving Tour

Retrace the path of the Illuminati between freemasonry and occultism. Listen to stories out of the ordinary and challenge conventions. Visit the four places where the cardinals were killed. One of the biggest risks locals run immersing themselves into the wonders of Rome every day, is to take such beauties for granted. At that moment we are pushed to provide new inputs to our curiosity, and it is precisely this attitude that prompted us to invite you on this new journey... Are you ready to leave the main road, to put into crisis your most solid certainties, to explore fields of knowledge intentionally set aside because uncomfortable, to bare the weaknesses of what we believe in the search for a new level of awareness? In order to do this we will instruct a trial, putting in the dock the most influential figures of the 17th century, one for all the Pope Urban VIII, because they would be stained with a terrible crime. Although they are the most glaring expression of the established order, they would be guilty of the crime they most pursued, heresy. In this curious performance our tour guides will be playing their usual role as narrators and you won't be just witnesses, you will be the jury!

Rome: Angels and Demons Between Faith and Science Tour

4. Rome: Angels and Demons Between Faith and Science Tour

This private Angels and Demons tour of Rome is a unique opportunity to enter the world of Dan Brown’s best-selling book. You'll visit famous monuments and locations from the thrilling novel, all of which are based in the "Eternal City". Prepare to go off the beaten path, exploring the side streets of the historic center and uncovering the secrets of some of Rome’s most mysterious churches. From the splendor of Piazza Navona to the magical atmosphere of Santa Maria della Vittoria (home to Bernini's stunning Saint Teresa and a masterpiece of Baroque sculpture), you’ll be enchanted by the history and beauty of Rome as you unravel the city's secrets thanks to the expertise of your private guide. As well as learning about art history and the lives and works of painters such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio, you’ll gain new insights into the history of science and religion in the Eternal City whilst separating fact from fiction along the way. Join this gripping adventure and follow in the footsteps of fiction's most famous symbologist, you might just discover that the truth is the most compelling narrative of all.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria della Vittoria

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 749 reviews

Our guide, Louisa, was very knowledgeable and seemed to like what she was doing. Very very personable with extensive knowledge of sculptures, architects and painters. I was fascinated to learn so much in a short amount of time. I will request her again if i am ever back in Rome. The only negative was that I scheduled for pick up and drop off at the hotel. They told me the night before that they do not do that anymore and I was told that only after I enquired about it. They say they will refund that cost but I have not been able to check and see if the refund has been posted.

Luisa was our guide and let me tell you all she is one of the BEST tour guides I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! The tour is not solely Angels & Demons related and I loved it. Luisa was extremely well versed in everything Angels & Demons, but also Roman/Italian history. We walked for almost 3 hours and It passed by way too quickly. I hope she has more tours because she is absolutely incredible!!

Was a great tour, the guide explained to me the sites even the ones off the beaten path. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a personal tour that will go at your pace and wants a relaxed tour experience.

It was very good to book a semi-private guided tour. There were two of us (a couple) with a great guide Laura who took very good care of us and answered all individual questions.

Luisa was our guide and she was fabulous She was prompt, courteous and extremely knowledgeable We wouldn’t hesitate one bit to book with Get Your Guide again