Podtour of Baroque Rome I
was a ferment of art in the Baroque period, with the two great architects
Bernini and Borromini transforming the city under the patronage of the Popes.
Painting, sculpture, architecture - all the arts flourished in the service
of the church, creating richly dramatic buildings meant to play on the viewer's
emotions and amaze the passer-by.
Our first podtour™ starts at the church
of Santa Maria degli Angeli, created by Michelangelo out of the baths of
the emperor Diocletian. From this church - testament both to the Roman Empire
and to the work of the High Renaissance - we visit churches by Bernini and
Borromini, the fine Cornaro chapel with the statue of Saint Theresa of Avila
by Bernini, the Piazza Barberini with its fountains, and end up at the Spanish
Steps. Not forgetting a visit to the House of the Monsters, and some mummified