Some of the most prominent architecture, music, and art or Rome was created in the Baroque period. Bernini, Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, and Giacomo della Porta top the list as the greatest Italian architects of the Baroque era.
The popularity and success of the Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church, which had decided at the time of the Council of Trent, in response to the Protestant Reformation, that the arts should communicate religious themes in direct and emotional involvement.
Visit Sant'Agnese in Agone, the famous basilica church built on ruins. Learn about the Brazilian Embassy and the Sala Palestrina, a magnificent example of Borromini's architecture. Visit Giacomo della Porta's Fountain of the Moor which is decorated with magnificent sculptures. In the heart of Rome you will find some of the most beautiful fountains in the world including Triton and Trevi Fountain. Walk the Spanish Steps that rise out of the "Fountain of the Old Boat" (Fontana della Barcaccia). Explore the Baroque period and the central role it played in the formation of Rome as we have come to know it today.