Caravaggio in Rome. Where to see it for free

An alternative Shore excursion from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome

If you’ve already been in Rome, and you have already seen and reviewed the Vatican, the Colosseum and all the most famous places in Rome, you might be looking for something different, but also unique. Getting to the port of Civitavecchia and have the oportunity to see some of the most amazing works of a revolutionary painter, is a wonderful opportunity. Our goal is always the same: offer the best at the best price. That’s why we propose you a day in Rome to discover Caravaggio without admission fee.

Michelangelo Merisi; known as Caravaggio, the greatest of all! An adventurous life, a tragic end, an unmistakable, that marked a leap, a discontinuity in the world of painting; there was a painting before Caravaggio, and there was another after Caravaggio. For this reason too, to admire his work, it is worth coming to Rome.

In fact some of the most famous paintings by Caravaggio are located in Rome. They are of some of the most famous paintings of the Baroque period. And you can freely admire them because they are there to adorn the Roman churches.

San Luigi dei Francesi

The best place to “meet” Caravaggio in Rome is the small church of San Luigi dei Francesi next to Piazza Navona. Inside the ‘Chapel Contarelli’ is the cycle of works dedicated to St. Matthew: “The Calling of St. Matthew”, “Inspiration of St. Matthew” and “The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew.”
The entrance to the church of San Luigi dei Francesi is free. 1 euro can be used to turn on the lights, the better to see the paintings of Caravaggio.
It is open from 10:00 to 12:30 except Thursday and from 16.00 to 19.00; (During the harvest it is not possible to visit the church).

Caravaggio: Martirio di San Matteo
Caravaggio: Vocazione di San Matteo

Basilica di Sant’Agostino

Basilica of St. Augustine; Via della Scrofa, so close to Piazza Navona, it is this church where you can admire the Madonna of the Pilgrims. The church is open every day from 7.30 to 12.30 and from 16 to 18.30 (during the harvest is not possible to visit the church).

Chiesa Santa Maria del Popolo

Finally, to admire another free Caravaggio in Rome you have to go in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo is located in the north side of the central Piazza del Popolo. Within the Cerasi Chapel there are two extraordinary works by Caravaggio: “The Crucifixion of St. Peter” and the famous “Conversion of St. Paul on the road to Damascus.”
Entry into the church is every day at 7:30 to 12:30 / 16:00 to 19:00
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 to 19:00 hours

Once you exit the church, nothing better than a walk in the center of Rome, to complete a fantastic day!

Caravaggio: crocifissione di San Pietro
Caravaggio: conversione di San Paolo


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