Church of Santa Maria del Popolo Tours

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Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is the most important church in Rome’s sweeping Piazza del Popolo. With a 17th-century facade designed by Bernini, chapels by Bramante and Raphael, and museum-quality art by Pinturicchio and Caravaggio, Santa Maria del Popolo is highlight on any tour of Roman art treasures, architecture, or Catholic sights.
 
The Basics
Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, one of three churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Piazza del Popolo, was rebuilt in the 15th century over a chapel erected in 1099. Gian Lorenzo Bernini reworked the facade in the 1650s, and stunning frescoes, mosaics, and paintings were added over the centuries to decorate the church and its ornate chapels.
 
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is a highlight of private and small-group tours focused on Rome’s artistic masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries, as it contains works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Carracci, and Bernini. Fans of author Dan Brown can join an Angels and Demons tour that visits Roman sites featured in his bestselling novel. Santa Maria del Popolo, one of Rome’s Augustinian basilicas, is also an important house of worship and included in most tours of the city’s Catholic landmarks.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended, especially if you are visiting the basilica as part of a walking tour.
  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the church.
  • As in all of Rome’s churches, modest attire that covers shoulders and knees is required to enter.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is located on Piazza del Popolo, one of the most important squares in Rome. You can reach the square by taking Metro line A and getting off at the Flaminio stop.
 
When to Get There
The cool and quiet interior of the church is a welcome respite from the heat and crowds in Piazza del Popolo in the summer, though the church closes for a few hours starting around midday on weekdays and Sundays (open all day Saturday). Tourists are not allowed to enter when Mass is being celebrated, so check the schedule carefully before planning your visit.
 
Angels and Demons in Rome
Rome was the setting of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel Angels and Demons, published in 2000 and inspired by the secret society known as the Illuminati. The book casts a number of Rome’s most important historic sights as plot points or backdrops for the mystery. Included are the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant’Angelo.

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Address: Piazza del Popolo, 12, Rome, Province of Rome 00187, Italy
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Audio guide of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome

Combine the best parts of a guided experience with the flexibility of independent travel on this audio-guided tour of the Basilica de Santa Maria del Popolo, a great choice for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The addition of audio narration means that you’ll discover lesser-known historical facts integral to understanding the history of the building, while still exploring at your own pace. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Rome: Angels and Demons Tour Half-Day Semi-Private

For a twist on the typical city tour, immerse yourself into the Rome of ‘Angels and Demons,’ Dan Brown’s bestselling novel. Inspired by the book, this sightseeing adventure takes you on a treasure hunt through the Eternal City, following the trail of the secret society known as the Illuminati. As you go, you’ll see top Rome attractions like the Pantheon, St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour of Catholic Rome

Customize a private tour of Rome with a visit to its famous Catholic sites. Be chauffeured in the personalized comfort of a private Mercedes car or minivan and stop at monuments, piazzas and cathedrals. See the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica and explore others in the Eternal City such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and the Holy Stairs at St John Lateran. Note: entrance fees and private guide are not included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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In the Footsteps of Caravaggio Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

Trace the dramatic life and visual legacy of Caravaggio on a private art tour in Rome. Visit beautiful churches to admire the painter’s original works while an expert guide shares scandalous details of his life and how he shaped the Baroque movement. Geared towards art enthusiasts, it's a great way to delve deeper into one of Rome's most influential and enigmatic masters.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain

See some of the most beautiful architecture, fountains and squares in Rome on this walking tour of the city’s historical center. You’ll stroll along cobbled laneways, stopping to visit famous attractions like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. A break for gelato or coffee is included. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include a tour of the Colosseum and other Ancient Rome sites beforehand.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Angels and Demons Half-Day Tour

Dive into the Rome of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel on this ‘Angels and Demons’ tour. Inspired by the book, the tour takes you on a journey through the Eternal City as you search for messages from the secret society known as the Illuminati. Along the way, admire Rome’s beautiful art and attractions like St Peter’s Square, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo. This walking tour is limited to 25 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Caravaggio Art Walking Tour of Rome with Pantheon Visit

Admire Caravaggio paintings in Rome and learn about the baroque painter’s tumultuous life in Italy on this art-themed walking tour with a guide. See two of his famous works at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and another at the Basilica of Sant'Agostino, as well as work by Raphael. Finish up with a visit inside the Pantheon while you learn about and discuss the history of Caravaggio in Rome.
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Semi-Private Walking Tour: Angels and Demons

Designed especially for fans of Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons,’ this 3-hour walking tour offers the chance to explore the secrets of the Illuminati scattered throughout the heart of Rome. Along with a tour guide and a small group, make your way through the city’s piazzas and basilicas as you follow mysterious clues and solve riddles based on the book, texts of Galileo and the symbolic artwork of Bernini.
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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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In the Footsteps of Bernini Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

Learn about the artwork and architecture of Gian Lorenzo Bernini during this private tour in Rome. Follow in the artist’s footsteps during a walking tour that includes visits to major landmarks including Piazza Barberini, Piazza del Popolo, and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea. See Bernini’s sculptures, fountains, and architectural plans.
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Caravaggio's Art and Life Private Walking Tour in Rome

Get an in-depth look into the life and legacy of Italy’s first Baroque master on a Caravaggio tour of Rome. Visit several churches in the heart of the city to admire the painter’s original, groundbreaking work, learning the background of each piece and what sets it apart from Renaissance styles. Feel free to ask all the questions you like on the private tour, led by a professional art historian guide.
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Angels and Demons Private Tour in Rome with Hotel Pick up and Drop off

With your personal expert guide, follow the Path of Illuminatiì to some of Rome's most important historical monuments. Did the secret society of the Illuminati described by Dan Brown in his bestseller Angels and Demons truly exist in Rome? Were Raphael, Bernini, and Galileo truly a part of this ancient brotherhood of scientists? Separate fact from fiction and discover the truth with this 3.5 hours tour! Your personal storyteller will fascinate you through stories and legends inspired by this book.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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3-Hour Roman Baroque Caput Mundi Walking Tour

See Rome’s spectacular Baroque sites on a three-hour walking tour that explores Roman squares, fountains, palaces, and churches from the 17th and 18th centuries. With an expert guide to help bring the architecture to life, you’ll see top highlights that include the Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and more, using a headset so you don’t miss a word as you walk. This 3-hour Roman Baroque walking tour is led by an art historian guide, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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