Walking through Trastevere history and art private tour
The finest and hidden side of Trastevere will reveal all its evocative enchantment to your amazed eyes with our customizable private tour, which represents a unique off-the-beaten-path experience of this charming yet misrepresented neighborhood. Our expert art historian guide will give you the keys to open the treasure chests of ancient churches and palaces full of history and prodigious stories, even unveiling all the secrets about the controversial masterpiece sculpted by Baroque genius Gian Lorenzo Bernini or the romance which entrapped the heart of Renaissance artist Raphael right here among these ancient alleys. The extraordinary chance to descend also the bowels of the basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and the chiesa di San Crisogono will enrich the unexpected journey inside-out the immense gems and centuries of this invaluable slice of old Rome.
Gems includedRaphael's frescoes at Villa FarnesinaUnderground S. CrisogonoCavallini's hidden frescoes at S. CeciliaAncient pharmacy at S. Maria della ScalaBernini's masterpiece at S. Francesco a Ripa
Tailored in-depth experienceThis is a completely private tour, so you will have a personal guide just for you and your party, available to answer to all your questions.
CustomizableThe tour can be adapted to the traveller's needs and requests.
Skip-the-line admission ticketsThe tour includes tickets so you won’t waste any of your precious time in superfluous queues. Relax, we’ll take care of everything!
Top-rated specialist guideYou’ll be accompanied by one of our super selected guides who are fluent in English and, what’s most important, true expert in their field of knowledge thanks to a serious academic background. They’re Italian locals living in Rome, so they have not only a contagious passion for Rome, but they know their hometown in all its aspects, so they can reveal to you all the hidden gems and let you live the city as well in the most immersing and fascinating way. In this case, the tour will be especially guided by a real graduated art historian who has a strong university preparation and also an official license as a tour guide, gained through a specific and competitive training path.
EquipmentWe recommend the use of comfortable shoes for the long walking paths. On rainy days, especially in fall and winter seasons, bring jackets (better if waterproof) to be worn in the underground or more humid areas and umbrellas for the open-air spaces. In sunny days, especially in spring and summer seasons, we also recommend the use of hats or any other sunshades because there are wide areas without any shades. Make also sure of adopting a proper dress code for the several places of worship: in particular, avoid short dresses, skirts or short pants and far too plunging necklines.
AccessibilityThis is an inclusive guided tour designed with love, maximum care and special attention to every people with special mobility needs. The walking path is thoughtfully studied to cause the least possible inconvenience, nevertheless some sections of the historic alleys and underground archaeological sites could be characterized by stairways, narrow spaces or uneven surfaces, being more difficult to access for wheelchairs or strollers. But, we will do our utmost to help you and make your experience pleasant. Feel free to contact us for any specific requests, so we can design the perfect tailored private tour specifically for your needs
This customizable private tour will allow you to appreciate the lesser known essence of Trastevere, a charming neighborhood that has much more to offer than an exquisite and veracious cuisine. Finally, thanks to our specialist art historian guide, you will able to understand all the different shades of art, legends, love stories, miracles and traditions which have colored the rich history of this invaluable area, deservedly representative of the most authentic Rome.
The precious art walk will start with the discovery of the emblematic Renaissance Villa Farnesina, which was built near the Tiber river and represented the classic principles of harmony and proportions meritoriously distinguishing the suburban princely residence of the wealthy and cultured banker Agostino Chigi. You’ll be amazed by its opulent interiors, richly frescoed by Baldassarre Peruzzi, Giulio Romano and other artists following the great master Raffaello Sanzio’s designs in a new and meaningful connection between the fecundity symbols scattered across the painted nature and the real surrounding luxuriant garden.
Once passed by the perspectival wing of the historic Palazzo Corsini designed by the brilliant architect Ferdinando Fuga, your heart will be heated by the love story burst and devoured among those Trastevere alleys when Raphael met his supreme muse Margherita Luti, better known as La Fornarina, who is believed to have lived in this medieval house. You will be transported on the wings of the artistic inspiration which fueled the Renaissance genius to reach the heights of his masterpieces, in a never-ending historic networks connecting all the art cells of the unique organism that is Rome.
The old alleys of Trastevere also house the most ancient pharmacy in Rome still conserving bottles, ampoules and medicines, originally instituted in the 17th century by the religious order of the Discalced Carmelite and located in the convent annexed to the chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala.
The renowned basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere will embellish the evocative scenery of your exploration, as you’ll reach the lesser known chiesa di San Crisogono, hiding the astonishing remains of one of the most ancient underground Paleochristian basilica, mentioned for the first time back in 499 AD. Through a modern metal staircase, you’ll descend into the bowels of this sacred place for Christian worship, featuring 8th century frescoes depicting the three saints Chrysogonus, Rufino and Anastasia, besides valuable mosaic floor, decorated sarcophagi and an exceptional baptismal font conserved together with other remarkable Early Medieval frescoes commissioned by pope Gregory III.
After having quietly admired the funerary monument depicting the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni sculpted by the Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini, theatrically unveiling itself in the Altieri chapel at the chiesa di San Francesco a Ripa, another underground space to discover will be revealed: the basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, as additional yet unique evidence of the incredible historic richness of subterranean Rome. The archaeological complex beneath the medieval basilica dates back to the Ancient Rome and appears still adorned with mosaic floors, reliefs and baths structures.
The unexpected view of the Byzantine-style crypt designed by Giovenale will be soon followed by another hidden gem, the medieval frescoes executed by the noteworthy painter Pietro Cavallini concealed behind the nuns’ choir on the church counter-façade.
The picturesque vicolo dell’Atleta will be the final stop of this captivating journey through the art and history of the neighborhood, still carrying on in its stones the magic dust of centuries. In mid-19th century, the spectacular discovery of the Apoxyomenos ancient statue, now in the Vatican Museums, happened right in this alley and nobody knows how much wonders of art are still left unturned underneath our adventurous steps.