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  • Address: Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco 5, Rome, Italy
  • Hours: Fri-Wed 10am-12:30pm, 3pm-7pm; Thurs 10am-12:30pm

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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi Tours

The name “San Luigi dei Francesi” means Saint Louis of the French, and this church is France's national church in Rome.

It was built in the 1500s at the instruction of a Cardinal in the Medici family who would later become Pope Clement VII. Catherine de Medici had married the French king, contributed to the church's construction, and donated the land on which the church was built – further cementing the French connection. The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi occupies the site of a former church, Santa Maria, which was owned by the Medici family. It was begun in 1518 and consecrated in 1589. The interior is 
all Baroque ornamentation, so there's no shortage of stuff to see, but the biggest attraction inside is the series of three St. Matthew paintings by Caravaggio. These paintings were commissioned for the church, so it's a great chance to see artwork in its original home rather than an art museum.

Practical Info

San Luigi dei Francesi is located near Piazza Navona and open Friday-Wednesday 10am-12:30pm and 3pm-7pm, Thursdays 10am-12:30pm. The church is free to enter, but you'll want to bring some coins to light up the fabulous Caravaggio paintings.

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Private Baroque Walking Tour of Rome: Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Raphael, Rome, null
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Private Baroque Walking Tour of Rome: Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Raphael

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This private 3-hour walking tour is perfect for up to 8 guests who would like to follow in the footsteps of the great Italian master painters and sculptors of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.59
Rome Private Guided Tour Caravaggio and Baroque Masterpieces, Rome, Literary, Art & Music Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rome Private Guided Tour Caravaggio and Baroque Masterpieces

This private tour provides you with a way to get close to some of the greatest Baroque artworks located in Rome. During this 3-hour tour, you will discover the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.67
In the Footsteps of Caravaggio Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off, Rome, Private ... 
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In the Footsteps of Caravaggio Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

Intended for Baroque art enthusiasts, this tour will show you a number of interesting sights by following in the footsteps of Caravaggio. You will relish in ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.95
Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Walking Tour in Rome, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Walking Tour in Rome

Enjoy a private guided walking tour of Caravaggio's works of art, and the places where he spent his life in Rome. Under the guidance of a top-rated local art ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.49
Papal Jubilee Segway Tour in Rome, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Papal Jubilee Segway Tour in Rome

Ride a Segway to Vatican City, and learn about the Papal Jubilee as you go. With the ‘Holy Year of Mercy’ slated to start in early December, 2015, Rome is ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.31
Ghost Hunting: Semi-Private Night Walking Tour of Rome, Rome, Segway Tours
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Ghost Hunting: Semi-Private Night Walking Tour of Rome

Join this 2-hour walking tour at night "hunting" some ghosts from the past, among roman streets in company of a local guide, listening to stories about ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.31

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