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Bernini vs. Borromini

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Experience hosted by Christiaan

2 hours
Up to 8 people
Hosted in Italian

What you'll do

It was a rivalry between two men that transformed Rome into the most beautiful and modern city of 17th century Europe.
These two really hated each other. Their names: Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini. This… is the story of their enmity!
So, let’s get to know the contenders.
Bernini was a very charming fellow, loved by all, always invited to the most important social events of the city.
But, most of all, Bernini was a fantastic sculptor, probably the most talented genius of Italian art after Michelangelo’s death.
He was a complete artist: not only a sculptor, but a painter and superb architect as well.
Borromini, on the other hand, was a loner—neurotic, irrational, sometimes aggressive.
However, he was a brilliant architect. He knew everything about walls, bricks, domes, arches and …how to design them.
Understanding Baroque in a 2 hours walk!
The two main masters of roman Baroque: Bernini's passion, art as a full theatrical lighting. Borromini's genius, the modernity of "chess master" architect.
Their masterpieces on the Quirinale hill: Barberini Palace, St. Charles at the four Fountains, St.Andrew al Quirinale, St.Mary of Victory.
It was a rivalry between two men that transformed Rome into the most beautiful and modern city of 17th century Europe.
These two really hated each other. Their names: Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini. This… is the story of their enmity!
So, let’s get to know the contenders.
Bernini was a very charming fellow, loved by all, always invited to the most important social events of the city.
But, most of all, Bernini was…
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Meet your host, Christiaan

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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Hi! I am Christiaan, an art,history and food lover born and raised in Rome. I am an official licensed tour guide of the City and I am graduated in History of Christian Art in Italy and at the Vatican.
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Where you'll be

We will visit the baroque masterpieces on the Quirinale hill designed by our two contenders more than 300 years ago.
one noble palazzo (Barberini), three churches (S.Carlo, S.Andrea, S.Maria della Vittoria), one courtyard.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 16 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

bring a camera, good shoes and dress properly as we will enter religious buildings