Sant'Andrea della Valle

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Sant'Andrea della Valle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

1. Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll meet your guide at the top of the stairs of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica, where you’ll begin your amazing journey through the history of the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica. Your professional guide will tell you how the construction on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. The first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill, on the site of an old village and the place dedicated to numerous temples to the Roman deities. Step inside Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, built on the ruins of the Tempio di Giunone Moneta. Its name derives from a legend according to which a sibyl predicted the coming of the son of God, saying: Haec est ara filii Dei. This is the highest peak of the Campidoglio Hill. Visit the Capitoline Museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV, and admire paintings by Caravaggio and other masters. From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rome that includes the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.

Rome Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

2. Rome Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Learn about Rome as you solve riddles and explore its major attractions with this smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. See sights like the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, and the Colosseum at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you want. To get started, simply download the app and go to the starting point at Piazza Navona for your first challenge (download link and login credentials received after booking). Choose to start the tour at any time. Use your imagination, logic, observation, and team spirit in order to solve riddles at each attraction. The app's integrated maps will help you to navigate to each new place. Along the way, learn about the city and places you visit. The tour route includes Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Piazza della Minerva, Sant’Andrea della Valle, Piazza Venezia, Capitoline Hill, the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum, San Gregorio al Celio, and Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Pause whenever you want to take a break or spend some more time sightseeing. As you explore, you may also run into some of the city's hidden gems along the characteristic, narrow streets.

Dark Heart of Rome - Facts, Legend & Mystery Walking Tour

3. Dark Heart of Rome - Facts, Legend & Mystery Walking Tour

When the sun sets in Rome another side to the city comes to life. This darker, more mysterious Rome is one where facts and legends are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye. On this 90-minute evening tour, you'll discover the sunset Rome known only to a select few! Your guide will bring the Eternal City’s most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life in a highly entertaining and informative tour. You will stroll along winding lanes in the city's historic center and hear ghostly tales that form part of a lesser-known history of Rome. Departing from Sant'Andrea Della Valle Church, you will walk in the shadows of sights such as the Campo de Fiori, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via del Governo Vecchio, Via Giulia, Piazza Farnese, and Castel Sant'Angelo. Prepare to be a little spooked, but expect to be highly entertained!

Dark Heart of Rome: Facts, Legends, and Mystery Tour

4. Dark Heart of Rome: Facts, Legends, and Mystery Tour

When the sun sets in Rome, another side of the city comes to life. It is an older and more mysterious Rome, where facts and legends are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye. This 90-minute evening tour is the tour to take if you want to discover that Rome, known only to a select few! Your guide will bring the Eternal City’s most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life in a highly entertaining and informative tour. You will stroll along winding lanes in the city's historic center, and hear ghostly tales that form part of Rome’s lesser-known history. Departing from Sant' Andrea Della Valle Church, walk in the shadow of sights such as the Campo de Fiori, where public executions used to take place. Walk down the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and through the Piazza Farnese, dominated by fountains formed out of granite stone basins. See the Castel Sant’ Angelo, site of the Mausoleum of Hadrian, and walk down the Via Giulia, one of the first planning projects in Renaissance Rome.

Rome: Settings of the Opera Tosca Walking Tour

5. Rome: Settings of the Opera Tosca Walking Tour

Tosca is the most famous opera of Puccini and is set entirely in Rome. It is a story about the love and jealousy between Tosca, a young girl of the Roman aristocracy, and Cavaradossi, a famous painter of the time. Visit the actual sites where the drama takes place. Admire the beauty of central Rome as you "travel" through the main acts of the opera. Begin the tour at the Roman ruins of Largo Argentina and visit the church of Sant'Andrea Della Valle, one of the greatest expressions of 16th-century art. Here you will admire the frescoes by Domenichino and Lanfranchi, as well as the first baroque dome of the city. Discover the location of the jealous outburst of Tosca. Walk through the very popular Campo de'Fiori as you get to the second stop of the tour, Piazza Farnese. This is one of the most fascinating squares of central Rome and is where the second act of the opera is set. Here, learn about the history and mysteries of the beautiful Palazzo Farnese, one of the jewels of Renaissance Rome, and of the two twin fountains in the square. Stroll across Piazza Navona with your guide and marvel at Rome's most beautiful monument, the Pantheon. End your tour at the very famous Castel Sant'Angelo, by the Tiber river and close to the Vatican. Discover the long history of this fort, from its original function as the mausoleum of Emperor Adrian, to its role as a hiding place for archives and treasures of the Vatican. It is here that Puccini sets the tragic, last act of his opera.

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What people are saying about Sant'Andrea della Valle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 391 reviews

Judy was a great guide, who really knew her stuff. Very friendly too. The Capitoline Museums are absolutely loaded with treasures and we needed every second of the 3 hours to do it justice. The basilica was breathtaking too. We really enjoyed the tour from beginning to end.

A little hard for teenagers but allows you to discover some nuggets that we would not have seen on our own To do!

Andrea gave us a great guided tour of illuminated Rome and gave us interesting facts.

We really enjoyed this discovery of the hidden facets of Rome.

Loved the tour and Robert had great stories to tell.