PRIVATE TOUR – Caravaggio – “another Michelangelo” in Rome with an artistic ice-cream tasting

Who was “another Michelangelo”, besides Buonarroti, the genius of Sistine Chapel?
It was Michelangelo Merisi, the ‘black’ painter, better known as Caravaggio, and the genius of the Baroque Style, who painted by using lights and shades, in an original cinematographic effect.
During that monographic cultural walking tour your private guide will give you all the information about his extremely interesting life, dotted with scandals and murders, and you will admire some of his Roman masterpieces kept in three different churches.

Meeting with your private licensed tour guide and art historian in Rome. During the monographic tour, dedicated to one of the most famous Italian Baroque painter, you will discover all the history of his life, dotted with acts of violence, scandals and anecdotes.
The itinerary starts from Palazzo Madama, Cardinal Del Monte and Caravaggio’s residence during the early years of the latter’s stay in Rome.You will reach the area of Piazza Navona, whose elliptic shape reminds its ancient origin as Emperor Domitian’s stadium, and you will see the house used as the painter’s atelier at n°19 in a narrow street nearby. Your first important stop will be at the small unassuming church of San Luigi dei Francesi, which houses three of the greatest works by Caravaggio: St. Matthew’s Calling up, St. Matthew and the Angel and St. Matthew’s Martyrdom, all kept in Contarelli Chapel. Then you will reach St. Agostino Church, where you will admire another marvellous painting by the same artist: The Pilgrims’ Madonna, situated in the first chapel. Your tour will proceed along Pallacorda Street, where the artist murdered Ranuccio Tomassoni, and then along Scrofa Street, where there were some shops patronized by Caravaggio, in particular the barber’s and the saddler’s, but above all there he met the painter Lorenzo Carli, his first real Roman reference point.
Your last stop will be at the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, where two masterpieces by the great artist are kept: St. Peter’s Crucifixion and St. Paul’s Conversion. The splendid interiors of the church are worth watching, because they were made by other famous artists such as Raffaello, Bernini and Pinturicchio.
And last but not least… Not a common cone but a colourful palette-shaped dish will let you enjoy 8 different flavours of ice-cream. Delicious to your palate and eyes as well. Believe us: you will never forget that artistic experience of yours!

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