Podtour of baroque Rome 2
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.Baroque Rome II starts at the church of the
Gesù, and takes the back roads to Piazza Navona, ending up at the
Fontana di Trevi. On the way we visit a fine set of paintings by Caravaggio,
get acquainted with some of Rome's “talking statues”, and see
how an elephant can deliver a typical Roman insult. We also visit the Pantheon
- possibly the greatest architectural work of the Roman Empire - and a baroque
church with a dome that's just an illusion.