Enjoy a 1.5 hour tour of one of the most historic areas of Rome led by a top-rated guide. Your visit will start from Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. This church is the headquarter of the Dominican orders and hosts the tombs of Popes, artists and saints. It was built above the Ancient temple of Minerva, goddess of wisdom.
You will see artworks by Michelangelo, Bernini, Antoniazzo Romano and a fantastic series of frescoes by Filippino Lippi. You will stop by the grave of the Pope that governed the least amount of time, Urban VII, and the funerary monunents of the Popes that faced the schism of Luther and Henry VIII, Leo X and Clemens VII.
You will also see the tomb of Saint Catherine and painter Beato Angelico. Next to the Church you will walk by the house of the Dominicans where scientist Galileo was triald in XVII century. You will also see the shops where the clergy and the Pope get their clothes and the school for the Vatican ambassadors.
Few steps away and you will visit the Pantheon, the best preserved temple of Ancient Rome. It has been the model for many buildings around the world the Pantheon including the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and the Pantheon in Paris.
The guide will reveal you all the secrets of this masterpiece of Roman architecture with help of ipad and other multimedia tools. You will see the tombs of painter Raphael and Queen Margherita, that gave the name to the famous pizza. You will be amazed by the large dome of the building, the marbles, the columns and the perfection of its proportions. You will love this tour!
In hot days of Summer wear a hat and comfortable shoes. Do not forget also to bring camera to take pictures of the great sites you will see
Shoulders and kness should be covered when entering churches
Bring a bottle of water with you that you can refill from the beautiful and fresh fountains of Rome with great drinkable water