Baroque Rome is one of the most enchanting itineraries to discover the Italian capital. In fact, the Baroque is one of the art styles that shaped more the present appearance of Rome, as we can still admire. Baroque art flourished during all the XVII century, a period of history characterized by wars, famines and pestilences, to which both commissioners and artists reacted creating an illusory art with a strong emotional impact.
In Rome there are many baroque monuments, therefore we made a selection that will help you discover Baroque Rome thanks to an itinerary that will show you to the city most beautiful churches, “palazzi” and squares.
Let’s start from Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, via del Quirinale, the first architectural work by Gianlorenzo Bernini, the greatest architect of the XVII century. The church, built between 1568 and 1670, is a masterpiece with chiaroscuro effects enchanting its visitors.
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane is Francesco Borromini’s first masterpiece, another great architect and protagonist of Baroque Rome and one of Bernini’s competitors. He built this church between 1634 and 1644, with soft lines and carved volumes that make the church look much bigger than it actually is.
In Baroque Rome, fountains played a key role. They made the city more beautiful thanks to their fantastic and spectacular shapes, like Fontana del Tritone in piazza Barberini, created in 1642 by Bernini, representing a fantastic and mythological seabed.
Piazza Navona cannot be left out from any Baroque Rome itinerary: its shape is spectacularly elongated, surrounded by buildings and churches dating back to this period and hosting in its centre the amazing Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi – Bernini’s masterpiece.