Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: 4-Hour Private Tour with Driver

1. Rome: 4-Hour Private Tour with Driver

Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located hotel in Rome and the services of a driver for 4 hours on this exclusive tour of the "Eternal City." See all the main sights of the 2,500-year-old city and delve deep beneath its layers to reveal a fascinating story. Join a private driver on a journey to legendary monuments, such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Admire palaces formerly owned by Roman nobility, such as the High Renaissance edifice of Palazzo Farnese. Discover Rome's only Gothic church at Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Get personalized attention throughout the tour. Your itinerary can be customized to suit your own interests. Be wowed by the beauty of some of the city's most famous squares, see historic churches and Baroque fountains, and make sure you pause for a delicious Italian ice cream!

Discover Rome: Walking City Tour

2. Discover Rome: Walking City Tour

Discover the secrets of the Eternal City and learn of its rich history throughout the centuries, stopping at the most breathtaking sites, monuments and squares along the way. Arrive at the office and meet your expert guide to begin with an introduction and stroll along the famous Imperial Forum road and admire the ruins of the Roman Forum on either side before arriving at Piazza Venezia and Trajan’s Column. From here the next stop is the Trevi Fountain, the most famous fountain in Rome. Hear the connection between water and the city as the guide points out interesting details in its beautiful facade. From the Trevi, pass through the busy shopping street of Via del Corso and into Piazza di Pietra, a little-known square that is home to the Temple of Hadrian. Walk further into the historic center along the cobbles and come upon the Pantheon, the most well-preserved building in Rome. Hear the amazing feats in Roman architecture and marvel at its dome, which is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Inside, peer up at its oculus and learn of the famous figures in history whose tombs are inside, such as the artist Raphael. Just near the Pantheon there is the small church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Bernini’s beloved Elephant statue standing just outside. Continue from here to Largo di Torre Argentina, which is believed to be the site of Julius Caesar's assassination. The final stop will be Piazza Navona, the largest and most elegant square in Rome and also the site of Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers. Learn about the wonderful elements that comprise this beautiful fountain and the meaning behind them. Finish up with a tasty authentic Italian gelato as you say farewell!

Rome: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

3. Rome: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. After downloading the app, start your tour at Castel St. Angelo, then visit the center of Rome and one of the most famous squares in the world, Piazza Navona. You will then continue to the Piazza Della Rotonda with the beautiful Pantheon overlooking it, and explore Piazza Della Minerva with the magnificent church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Admire the Sant'Andrea Della Valle and bury yourself in Piazza Venezia as you get lost in its chaos. Next, you will see the imposing Forum of Trajan and the famous Capitoline Hill designed by the one and only Michelangelo. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Colosseum, where you will end the tour. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights.

Rome: Masters and Mysteries Walking Tour

4. Rome: Masters and Mysteries Walking Tour

Start at the Galleria Spada where you will see the world-famous Galleria Prospettica built by the architect Borromini in the 17th-century. Marvel at how the corridor looks wide and long but it is just an optical illusion. Walk a little further and enter the gothic church of Santa Maria Sopra la Minerva home to Michelangelo's Standing Christ. Nearby in Piazza Navona, see breathtaking paintings by Caravaggio that will change your perception of light and darkness. Finally admire the authentic works by Raphael, located in the Chigi headquarter church. Amaze your friends and family with knowledge gained from this off-the-beaten-track walking tour.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Patrick, our guide was fantastic! He spoke fluent English, was on time in a beautiful car and absolutely delightful. We were very happy to have a car and driver as the weather wasn’t cooperative. It rained about an hour after pick up and through the remainder of the tour. Patrick was always there with umbrellas. He drove right up to most sites so we could easily get out and avoid the rain as much as possible. We toured the catacombs and, again, Patrick had umbrellas waiting for us as we exited. He even bought the girls some bracelets from the souvenir shop. I highly recommend this tour and would do it over in a heartbeat!

Mauro was an excellent and informed Rome guide. He listened to our requests and made it to all the historic sites with wonderful educational information. We appreciated the toilet stops and awesome transport to our hotel near the airport! We highly recommend him.

Daniel was an excellent driver and host. He was knowledgeable and professional. We enjoyed every minute of our tour and should have done it the days prior as well, as it really was the best way to see the city. Thank you for everything.

Good tour, relaxed pace and lots of opportunities to ask questions.

Excellent start vian de Rome holiday for my son (15yrs) and I.