Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola Tours

By Rome's standards, the Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola seems like it isn't very old at all – only consecrated in 1722 – but that's because prior to 1650, it was a private church.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus – better known as Jesuits – and the original church on this site was built entirely by Jesuit labor in the 1560s on the foundation of an earlier building. That church, built as the private chapel for the Collegio Romano (the first Jesuit university), was expanded slightly in 1580, but by the early 1600s it was already too small for the number of students at the college. Construction on the current church was started in 1626, a mere four years after Saint Ignatius of Loyola was canonized, and it opened to the public in 1650.

The interior reflects the church's Baroque style with heavy ornamentation. There is gold decoration everywhere, enormous frescoes, and Jesuit iconography and stories depicted throughout. There's even an enormous trompe l'oeil ceiling, with an indication on the floor where to stand to get the best view.

Practical Info

The church is open Monday-Saturday from 7:30am-7pm (opens at 9am in August), and Sundays from 9am-7pm. There are guided tours you can take for free on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 3pm-6pm (they don't run in August). Admission is free, and donations are always welcome. 
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Address: Via del Caravita, 8a, Rome, Italy
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Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30am-7pm (opens at 9am in August); Sun 9am-7pm
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Private Baroque Walking Tour of Rome: Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Raphael

Take a tour of baroque Rome with your own private guide, and enjoy a flexible itinerary for your sole group of up to eight people. On the trail of esteemed Italian artists such as Bernini and Caravaggio, you’ll explore the churches of the capital to discover artwork and architectural features that hail from the baroque period. Two start times are available when you book.
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Small Group Roman Dolce Vita with Local Tips

Spend 2.5 hours learning about some of Rome's top food spots during this small-group walking tour. See a few of the main sights in between sampling goodies like the best gelato and espresso in Rome.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rome in a Day Segway Tour

Make the most of your time in Rome with a full-day Segway tour that allows you to experience more of the Eternal City. After a lesson on riding the Segway, set out to see monuments of ancient Rome including the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) and Circus Maximus. Admire the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and much more, traveling in a small group with a maximum of six participants for a more personalized tour. Your guide shares the history and culture of Rome, providing a comprehensive overview of the city.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Dessert and Cakes Tasting and Sightseeing Tour in Rome

Explore Rome’s sweetest traditions on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the city’s best pastry and dessert shops. You’ll pass some of the city’s ‘must-see’ landmarks and monuments along the day, meet some of the bakers, and fuel your adventure with tastes of famous Roman cakes, classic gelato, and handmade desserts.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Highlights Segway Tour with Optional Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket

Discover the landmarks of Rome’s historical center on a Segway tour along the city’s charming streets. With the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside, a Segway is the ultimate way to see Rome’s many attractions, from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon. Pass by squares like Piazza del Campidoglio and Piazza Navona, and learn about Rome’s rich history from audio commentary. Limited to eight people, this tour provides a small-group experience with a tour leader. Select a departure time when booking.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Walking Tour Including the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain

Discover Rome's layers of history during a short walking tour of its key sites. With a guide, you'll check out visitor favorites such as the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, along with lively art-filled squares like Piazza Barberini. Hear the stories behind the landmarks as you stroll and pose for photos along the way. The morning tour ends a short walk away from the Vatican, making it a perfect choice if you plan to explore the Vatican later on your own.
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Rome's Highlights and Colosseum Private Tour

Get the most out of your time in Rome with this 4-hour private tour of the best of Rome, including the iconic Colosseum. Travel around the Eternal City in comfort with a private driver and guide for a 3-hour driving tour of Rome's top attractions. Get an up close look at the city's most famous monument with a private tour of the Colosseum. Enjoy the full attention of your guide, including a child-friendly guide with iPads and other interactive learning tools to entertain and educate the entire family.
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Rome City Segway Tour

Glide along historic streets and picture-perfect piazzas on a 3.5-hour, guided Segway tour of Rome. Enjoy the personal experience of a small-group tour, and see some of the city’s most iconic sites. Circle Piazza Navona and pay your respects to ancient gods at the Pantheon, then visit the ultra-romantic Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Get a great overview of Rome’s history and culture as your guide narrates each stop, and take in the best of the city with a high-tech, low-impact means of transport.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Private Guided Tour Caravaggio and Baroque Masterpieces

Follow in the footsteps of one of Rome’s most renowned former residents—and discover a number of his masterpieces—on this private, Caravaggio-themed tour. Led by a trained art historian, this tour includes stops at several of the Baroque painter’s former residences. You’ll also get to glimpse some of his striking canvases, including The Crucifixion of St. Peter, The Conversion of St. Paul, and The Calling of St. Matthew. As you go, learn more about Caravaggio’s life, and spot some of Rome’s other highlight attractions.
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