Retrace the footsteps of the great Raphael, Bernini and Galileo that were supposedly part of the Circle of the Illuminati. Along the way you will have the chance to visit some of the most beautiful sites and churches in Rome.
Illuminati, designation in use from the 15th century, assumed by or applied to various groups of persons who claim to be unusually enlightened. The word is the plural of the Latin illuminatus (“revealed” or “enlightened”). According to adherents, the source of the “light” was viewed as being directly communicated from a higher source or due to a clarified and exalted condition of the human intelligence. Their teachings combined something of Egyptian Hermetism, Christian gnosticism, Jewish Kabbala, alchemy, and a variety of other occult beliefs and practices.
Start this adventure at Santa Maria del Popolo square where you will visit the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo and the mysterious Chigi’s Chapel. Reach the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Vittorie and admire the Ecstasy of St. Teresa, a sculptural group that is regarded as one of the major Baroque masterpieces by Bernini.
Your journey continues along the Path of the Illuminati: visit the Pantheon, the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Navona Square, and admire Castel Sant’Angelo; where your private tour guide will reveal the secret stories and tales behind these places full of mysteries.
End your experience in St. Peter’s Square that hides mysterious and alchemical symbols.