Get to know the history and secrets of the Holy Inquisition, the dreaded Roman Catholic tribunal whose aim was to combat heresy.
Are you a massive history buff? Are you looking for a fresh and exciting private tour of Rome? Perhaps you’ve already toured ancient and baroque Rome are looking to discover another fascinating period in Rome’s history. Our Holy Inquisition Tour in Rome is a must do for every history lover! With the help of our fully licensed private guide you will discover the history of the Holy Inquisition by visiting the places in Rome associated with the dreaded tribunal.
Your Holy Inquisition Tour in Rome will begin from the Church of St Mary Above Minerva. The church is located next to the College of the Dominican Order that used to run the tribunal. You will feel as though you have been transported back to the terrifying days of the Inquisition as your private guide tells you all about what life was like for the different religious groups living in Rome in this period.
A pleasant walk with your private guide will take you to your next stop, to explore Rome’s Holy Inquisition: Campo de’ Fiori. At the time of the Holy Inquisition, Campo de’ Fiori was the square where public executions were carried out, such as the one of Giordano Bruno. You will be able to sense the gravity of the moment when the trials took place and understand the importance of public execution as both a deterrent and public spectacle.
Your Holy Inquisition Tour in Rome will end with a visit to Castel Sant’Angelo. You will enter Castel Sant’Angelo with pre-purchased skip the line tickets. It was here where heretics were kept, whilst they awaited trial or execution. Your private guide will help you to enter into the shoes of the ‘heretics,’ often convicted for as little as eating a typical Jewish dish. If a recently converted Catholic continued to eat following the Jewish customs as this was all they ever knew, did this really make them a heretic? You will learn from your private guide about the immense pressure and confusion that enforced mass conversion placed on the city of Rome and how it has shaped the city’s religious and cultural landscape up to the present day. From Castel Sant’Angelo you will also enjoy a breathtaking view on the Vatican and Rome.
Church of St Mary Above Minerva, Rome
DRESS CODE: in order to enter religious sites, such as Churches, every participant must make sure they cover their shoulders and knees.
We also suggest you wear comfortable shoes, as a moderate amount of walking is involved in this tour.