Love & Sex In Renaissance Rome (Guided Tour)

Portrait of Renaissance Sex Symbol Giulia Farnese

Portrait of Renaissance Sex Symbol Giulia Farnese in Palazzo Farnese in Rome

Flirting, loving, cheating, marriage and divorce in Rome Renaissance  

The Renaissance was not only an age of great art achievements, political upheavals and religious reforms. It was also a period of unrestrained passions, inconfessable vices and elaborate love strategies.

On this tour I will take you through narrow streets, spectacular squares, secluded courtyards and precious churches following the steps of XVI century lovers.

We will visit the house of Fiammetta, one of the most famous courtesans of her period, whose high-class liasons made her wealthy and respected.

Not far from her residence stands the church of St. Augustine, the only one in Rome were prostitutes were admitted to mass. Inside we will see one of Caravaggio's greatest works: the Pilgrims' Madonna.

In late 1500s there were approximately 7000 sex workers in Rome out of a population of 50.000 people. Many of them were foreigners and came to the Eternal City to remedy the scarcity of women. Rome was overwhelmed by diplomats and priests and men were largely in majority.

In piazza Navona we will walk by Palazzo Pamphili, one of Europe's most magnificent buildings. It used to be the residence of Olimpia Maidalchini, sister-in-law and lover of Pope Innocent X. Her influcence on the political scene of early XVII century Rome resulted in her nickname: the Papess

During the tour we will visit the Tomb of Raphael and her promised bride Maria Bibbiena. They eventually did not get married but their story is an interesting example of wedding arrangements and planning

Getting married was one of the main concerns of a Renaissance girl. A rich dowry would make them more attractive and special charity associations existed to help the poors to get one. One of this associations was the Archiconfraternity of the Announciation, mentioned in many famous artworks that we will see.

Locanda della Vacca

Coat of Arms of Vannozza Cattanei, lover of Pope Alexander VI

This off-the-beaten tracks itinerary is a great opportunity to see the other side of Rome away from the boring conventional history books. This tour will change the way you look at Italian Renaissance!

Tour Details

Price We offer discounts to large parties and kids. Contact us for more info.
Duration: 3 hours
What is includes: Piazza Fiammetta, Piazza Navona, Church of St. Agostino, Pantheon and other great sites.
Meeting point: Details on the meeting point will be given to you after the booking
Weather restrictions: The tour takes places rain or shine
Dressing code: In most Roman churches and Synagogues dress code for both men and women requires shoulders and knees to be covered. Shorts and skirts are fine, but below knees. Wear comfortable shoes.
Age groups Suitable for everybody
Specials: You will not be standing in the entrance line and you will have a great guide only for you!