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Why Choose It?
- Follow the path of Dan Brown with our licensed tour guide.
- Experience a different way to explore Piazza Navona and St. Peter's Square.
- Discover Castel Sant'Angelo's importance in both 'Angels and Demons' and the Vatican.
Live the thrills, twists, and turns famously set in motion by Dan Brown in his bestselling novel, Angels & Demons. Act as Robert Langdon and race through the city—or rather, take a comfortably-paced stroll—following his footsteps to each historical site in the acclaimed novel on your search for enlightenment. In this case, you will be enlightened with information about artists, events, historical figures and locations.
Trace the Path of Illumination and discover the elements of earth in Santa Maria del Popolo, fire in Santa Maria della Vittoria, water in Piazza Navona, and air in Saint Peter’s Square. This path will lead you to the Church of Illumination, otherwise known as Castel Sant’Angelo, where a secret underground tunnel exists leading directly to the Vatican.
Begin your Path of Illumination to Santa Maria del Popolo
The basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo has unusual origins dealing with the paranormal and afterlife. The plot of land where it stands was once believed to be haunted by the ghost of Nero. Pope Paschal in 1099 put an end to this urban legend by cleansing the site and commissioning the construction of this basilica. The basilica underwent several reconstructions, and in the end was decorated by the world’s most influential artists.
Step inside to see the ornate chapels, decorated from floor to ceiling with elaborate paintings, frescos, and mosaics. Take an extra moment to appreciate the Chigi Chapel along your path and find the symbol of earth. Gaze between Raphael’s mosaic series the Creation of the World, Bernini’s sculptures of Daniel and the Lion and Habakkuk and the Angel, and Caravaggio’s paintings of the Conversion of Saint Paul and the Crucifixion of Saint Peter.
Move along to Santa Maria della Vittoria on the Path of Illumination
Situated near the Fontana dell’Acqua Felice, continue down your path through the façade of Santa Maria della Vittoria heavily inspired by Carlo Maderno’s design of a nearby basilica. Tread up the stairs to find the symbol of fire among the naturally-lit and ornately-decorated pillars and ceiling; patterned marble and impeccable frescos adorn every inch of the interior.
Bear witness to Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, a masterpiece of the High Roman Baroque period. Feel the warmth of its golden rays pouring down on the pure white marble of Saint Teresa and her smiling angel. The angel’s flaming arrow symbolizes the element of fire. Your Path of Illumination is halfway complete.
Discover the symbol of water along your Path of Illumination in Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona is home to several masterpieces of the baroque period: three fountains and a basilica. Historically, the site was a stadium and used for games—it was even flooded from time to time. Holding works from Bernini, Borromini, and della Porta, it is the quintessential location for high Italian art and where you’ll find the symbol of water on your continuing Path of Illumination.
Circling the piazza, pass Giacomo della Porta’s Fontana del Moro showing tritons surrounding a Moor wrestling a dolphin. Make your way to the center where you’ll see Borromini’s exquisitely designed Sant’Agnese in Agone, a true example of his masterful understanding and craftsmanship in architecture. From this point, turn around for the symbol of water: Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. Circumnavigate the fountain for a detailed view of each river god representing the four largest rivers of the world: Nile, Danube, Ganges, and Rio de la Plata. Gaze up at the peak of the towering obelisk and follow the hieroglyphs down each side of the pillar.
Continue your Path of Illumination to find the final element
Bernini’s colonnade adorns Saint Peter’s Square with the art of symmetry and science. The colonnade encircles an obelisk and two fountains, as well as forming an entrance to the magnificent Saint Peter’s Basilica. Though the Vatican is a small city-state, the amount of art and creation it holds is inspiring.
Step up to the obelisk, but don’t look up: look down. You’ll find the symbol of air within the four faces of the wind. Reach the West Wind—a metaphor for the breath of God—to discover your final element.
Complete the Path of Illumination at Castel Sant’Angelo
Follow Professor Langdon’s footsteps to the final location along the Path of Illumination. Castel Sant’Angelo has endured several changes throughout its long history. Beginning as a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, later becoming a papal fortress, and finally a museum. Today it showcases each stage of its metamorphosis.
Experience the location where the film and novel climaxes. Discover the vast history of Castel Sant’Angelo, from mausoleum, prison, and papal fortress. Explore the famous Passetto di Borgo linking the Vatican to the castle, and used as an escape route for more than one pope.
Your Path of Illumination is complete, finding each element and discovering the history of Rome along the way.
- Itinerary:Santa Maria del Popolo ChurchSanta Maria della Vittoria ChurchPiazza NavonaSt Peter's SquareCastel Sant'Angelo
- Included:Licensed Tour Guide
- Wheelchair accessible:Yes. (Itinerary may differ).
- Meeting Point:At your hotel
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
Lovely cooking class with great people Really enjoyed this class, as first you go to a local food market to get the ingredients you cook with - so you feel a bit like a local too!... read moreReally enjoyed this class, as first you go to a local food market to get the ingredients you cook with - so you feel a bit like a local too! The location of the class is in a beautiful old building and the equipment and work surfaces are great for teaching people to cook things. The main chef and the assistants were so welcoming and explained everything well. I've been wanting to learn how to prepare and cook artichokes for ages and we got to do that in our class, which was great. You make a variety of different dishes, so learn different techniques and get an understanding of how Italians make traditional dishes. Everything you make, you get to eat and it was all delicious! read less - 5/29/2020
Myself and my partner visited you this time last year and we're reminiscing about our wonderful experience with you!
I was hoping that I hope get the ingredients & cooking... read moreHello!
Myself and my partner visited you this time last year and we're reminiscing about our wonderful experience with you!
I was hoping that I hope get the ingredients & cooking method of the Pizza and Gelato please!.
Thought it would be something fun to do during self isolation in England
Daniel read less - 4/02/2020
Amazing Guide, Amazing Experience We did the early morning Vatican tour with Walks Inside Rome. Our guide, Lea, was great. She took time to learn our interests (geology for my daughter) and... read moreWe did the early morning Vatican tour with Walks Inside Rome. Our guide, Lea, was great. She took time to learn our interests (geology for my daughter) and pointed out items that spoke to that interest. She was easy to understand and speak with and our tour flowed smoothly and never felt rushed or too slow. Lea was amazing and I would definitely book with Walks Inside Rome again. read less - 11/12/2019
Pasta and Tiramisu What a great time we had tonight! Our chef David made the evening, so easy to make Tiramisu and pasta. We all interacted and learned how to make simple good... read moreWhat a great time we had tonight! Our chef David made the evening, so easy to make Tiramisu and pasta. We all interacted and learned how to make simple good food! Next time I’m in Rome we will do his longer event shopping at local food markets then going back to cook a spectacular meal!
Loved it! read less - 11/06/2019
- Elizabeth J
Fun Family Activity This was one of our family's favorite experiences in our entire Italy trip! We loved making pizza and gelato, and Marco did a fabulous job of teaching our whole... read moreThis was one of our family's favorite experiences in our entire Italy trip! We loved making pizza and gelato, and Marco did a fabulous job of teaching our whole family, including the kids. The entire staff was gracious and accommodating and we highly recommend them to anybody visiting Rome! We hope to go back and learn to make pasta next time! read less - 11/02/2019
Such a fun evening! We had a fantastic time on our food tour. Our guide, Valeria, was super fun. Lots of energy, funny stories to tell, information about the neighborhood and life... read moreWe had a fantastic time on our food tour. Our guide, Valeria, was super fun. Lots of energy, funny stories to tell, information about the neighborhood and life in Rome. She was so friendly. She really made the evening for us. The food stops were great too, of course. We tasted Italian cheeses, cured meats, wine and fried cod, pizza, pasta, and gelato. And I might be forgetting something! Definitely no need to go out to eat after this tour! (The cost for all the food and drinks was included in the tour price). Some of the stops were so tasty we revisited them before the end of our trip.
My teenage son and I did four different tours with Walks Inside Rome on this trip and we enjoyed them all, but I think this was our favorite. read less - 10/23/2019
3 hour walking tour of Jewish Ghetto, synagogues, and musuem We flew overnight, arriving in Rome in the morning. Just a few hours later we met Viviana, our guide, for our tour. She was wonderful. We enjoyed... read moreWe flew overnight, arriving in Rome in the morning. Just a few hours later we met Viviana, our guide, for our tour. She was wonderful. We enjoyed every moment, and she brought the entire area to life for us. She is very knowledgeable, and presents everything is such a meaningful way. We began our trip with a highlight we shall not forget. read less - 10/23/2019
- Shanneyvie J
Do it! This was one of the highlights of our trip! Unlike other cooking classes I saw when I was searching for one, this one first meets at an amazing market (I... read moreThis was one of the highlights of our trip! Unlike other cooking classes I saw when I was searching for one, this one first meets at an amazing market (I recommend going early to grab some goodies) second, you choose your meal , it’s what you and your group decide on for the day (btw it’s a lot of food some come hungry) and lastly it is all hands on the chef explains what to do, shows you an example and then it is all you (of course the chef is there to help and guide when needed). Oh o forgot to mention lots of drinking!!! Just do it, you won’t regret it. read less - 10/19/2019
BOOK THIS TOUR!!! Barbara was absolutely fantastic! She was knowledgeable, funny and able to help us navigate in a way that maximized our time and experience. We would wholeheartedly suggest spending the extra... read moreBarbara was absolutely fantastic! She was knowledgeable, funny and able to help us navigate in a way that maximized our time and experience. We would wholeheartedly suggest spending the extra money for the private early morning tour- skipping the horrible lines and minimizing wading through the masses on overcrowded group tours. We were able to see things that other tour guides don’t have access to and learned so much without feeling overwhelmed by trying to figure out what to see as there is SO much! We would absolutely book again with WIR and Barbara! read less - 10/15/2019