Christian Rome, Rome
Church of Santa Maria in Campo Marzio
Via di Campo Marzio 45/a
(not far from the Pantheon)
Eastern Catholic Church with syriac rites obedient to the Pope. Sunday Mass (10.30am) is celebrated in Aramaic.
The church is not open to the public but stays open for little time after Mass.
A special itinerary in Rome that will allow you to discover most of the masterpieces by the great Italian Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (born in Naples 1598 - died in Rome 1680) , son of Pietro Bernini (artist himself). :
Basilica of Santa Prassede
(few minutes walk from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore)
Tomb of Bishop Giovan Battista Santoni (One of the earliest works, he was 17 yrs. old)
Borghese Gallery (several statues)
Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (see my other tip about it!!)
Barberini Palace and Barberini Square
(several busts, paintings and the 2 fountains on the square)
Church of Santa Bibiana
Via G.Giolitti 154
"Statue of Santa Bibiana"
Church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
Via del Quirinale 29
The entire church project was given to Bernini
Church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Via S.Andrea delle Fratte 1
2 Angel statues near the main altar
The "Barcaccia" fountain by Pietro & GianLorenzo Bernini
Church of Santa Maria del Popolo (Chigi Chapel)
Piazza del Popolo 12
"Abacuc and the Angel" + "Daniel"
Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina
Piazza S.Lorenzo in Lucina
"Bust of Gabriele Fonseca"
Capitoline Museum (www.museicapitolini.org)
Piazza del Campidoglio 1
The "Head of Medusa"
Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Piazza della Minerva
funeral memorial of Sister Maria Raggi
Church del Gesù (www.chiesadelgesu.org)
Piazza del Gesù
Monument to San Roberto Bellarmino
"Four River Fountain"
Basilica and Square of San Pietro (Vatican)
Few funeral monuments, the St. Peter's Chair, the Scala Regia, the bronze canopy above the main altar and the square with its colonnade.
Church of San Francesco a Ripa
Piazza S. Francesco d'Assisi 88 (Trastevere)
Monument of Ludovica Albertoni
Church of Santa Maria di Monserrato
Via Giulia 151
"Bust of Monsignor Pedro de Foix Montoya"
He also took part to several architectural projects not listed here!!
Madonna dell'Archetto(Chapel) - Our Lady of the small Arch
Via di San Marcello, corner Via dell'Archetto
(Trevi Fountain area)
Mon-Sat. 6pm-8pm recital of the rosary
Sunday mass at 7pm
The church of Santa Maria della Vittoria holds one of Bernini's most famous works: The Ecstasy of St.Teresa in the Cornaro chapel(the fourth on the left).
This Art Gem is more visited now because it is mentioned in the Angels & Demons book by Dan Brown.
Located on Via XX Settembre 17, not far from Piazza della Repubblica and Via Veneto, can be visited from 8.30 till 11am and from 3.30 till 6pm but I suggest to call ahead and check.
Going across the river from the Isola Tiberina you end up in a little place of Trastevere neighborhood called piazza in Piscinula. A visit to the piazza church - San Benedetto in Piscinula - is worth a detour. there you will find the place where St. Benedict lived before going to Subiaco. The church itself is medieval and basically everything is orginal. You will find there the smallest bell tower and the oldest bell of Rome. The chuch is taking care of by the Heralds of the Gospel, a new religious community. When visiting, if you have any questions, they can answer you in English, French Italian, Spanish, Portuguese. They know their history, do not hesitate to ask since you won't find out much if you don't read italian...
I don't know whether this should be under off the beaten track or warning.
This is a beaten track allright. Everybody wants to climb the stairs of St Peter's basilica to reach the top and have a fantastic view. You can either climb the stairs or use an elevator . The stairs are narrow accomodating a single file of people. This climb is not for the fainthearted or the claustrophobic.
I climbed with a group of nuns they huffed and puffed. Their comment 'the trials and tribulations we have to face to meet our lord ' says it all.
Well, it's not so off the beaten path, but somehow many people, going to the Colosseo pass near the little church of S. Pietro in Vincoli (something like St. Peter in Chains), and do not enter it.
Inside there is this big statue (part of the monumental tomb of a Pope) of Moses.
Legend is that the author, when finished, was so overcome by its life-like features, that he exclaimed, 'Speak! Why don't you speak to me?' hitting the statue's knee with its hammer (there is a little sign, in fact).
Oh, the author was someone called Michelangelo.... no need to tell last name was Buonarroti!
Do not miss it!
By the way, the name of the curch cames from the legend that Eudossia, wife of roman Emperor Valentiniano III, had the chains that held St. Peter prisoner in Jerusalem, ad made a gift of them to the Pope Leone Magno (the one who stopped the barbarian king Attila near Garda lake). When these chains touched the other that held St. Peter when jailed in Rome (legend says...) the two sets of chains fused and merged together.......
Oh, the chains are on display in the church.... if you like that sort of legend... (I guess with very weak historical basis)
I know this may sound weird, but to me it is very relaxing to walk in the silent graveyeards and cemetaries, and wonder the beautiful different crosses, stones, statues, flowers, other plantings, and just to enjoy the total silence.
Often cemetaries are the most beatiful "parks" of many cities (Pere Lachaise in Paris for example, where you can see the graves of many celebrities and famous old time poets, writers, thinkers like Voltaire too).
This one is a protestant cemetary. There are lots of cats in the neighbourhood; they are said to be the "Guardians of the departed". There is a donation box for donations to cover the costs of taking care of and feeding the cats. A lady is there daily to feed the cats.
It doesn't matter if catholic or not, Vatican is a must see when visiting Rome. I was here the very first evening we came to Rome and the whole St. Peter Square was overcrowded by the both locals and tourists. The ambient looks great during night because of carefuly designed lights but not only. Visitors and tourists stood in a groups or strolling around, admiring the architecture and expessing their joy for being here. It was the most quiet crowd and very dignified.
La Maddlena- ay dios mio, I feel like it is my little secret, but I guess I can share. Okay, so anyone who has read anything about Rome knows about the Pantheon, one of the most touristed sights in the city. Well, now I'm going to tell you about this adorable little church only steps away that almost nobody discovers. Say you are facing the Pantheon. Turn around. There are two streets leading away from the pantheon in this direction, take the one on the right. Walk about a block until you come to a little piazza with Ristorantte Clemente and a very beautiful, ornate church. That church would be La Maddalena. Go inside, becasue it will be the best thing you do on your entire trip to Rome. I did this after reading a little article about the church and I am so thankful for that. it is the most beautiful church I have ever seen in my life. Everything is golden and perfect and beautiful in every way. I swear I sat in there for nearly an hour looking around. While I was there, the organ player even began to play. it was wonderful. Do youself a favor, and dig just a little deeper into Rome, and you will be greatly rewarded.
There are bizarre and macabre chapels of this cemetery, where the decorative elements - from the picture frames to the light fittings - are all made of human bones.
The crypt is located just under Santa Maria della Concezione, a church commissioned by Pope Urban XIII in 1626
Hours: Fri-Wed 9:00am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-6:00pm
There are several Catacombs available in Rome. Not all of them can be visited and some of them are more easy to reach.
This of Priscilla are not that far from the city center and they are very interesting.
Tours are available in English.
Catacombe di Priscilla
Via Salaria 430
Open 8.30/12 - 14.30/17
As you are walking down Via Veneto towards the Piazza Barberini you will see this lovely little church called Sant Maria della Concezione. This church was founded by Pope Urban VIII's brother. He was buried here along with thousands of other members of this church. This is the church of the Capuchin Monks. The Capuchin monks buried all their brethren under the church and used the bones of over 4000 more brothers to create alters, crowns, stars and crosses. In the five chapels you will see these bones in inticate designs. The bones line the walls and ceilings in different patterns. It is very weird to see bones in the form of lampshades and chairs. It is even weirder to see the full skeletons hanging from the walls holding other bones and dressed in robes like the grim reaper. They even have the bones of some children on display. This is not a place to visit if you are with children or are squeemish. I thought it was very grizzley and unnerving the way they had the bones displayed.
If you visit, you are expected to make a donation but may stay as long as you wish. Bring small change because the ladies in charge of the gift shop will not make change for you. Also, they do not allow pictures taken, with or without flash. They close the entire museum if someone takes a picture. The crypt is open 9-6 with a break from noon til 3. Visit it if you wish, but just be warned, this is some really weird stuff!!!
It is easy to find. If you are in the Piazza Barberini just head up the Via Venato. It is on the right hand side of the street about 3 minutes from the piazza. You must go up the stairs to enter the church. There is a small gift shop inside if you wish to purchase post cards of the displays.
The crypt of the capuchins is found in the Church of the Immaculate, on Via Veneto, 27. There is a small fee. There are 6 crypts lined up on one side of a narrow hall. The crypts are decorated with the bones of deceased friars. There are thousands of bones arranged along the walls and ceilings. The picture shown is from the Crypt of the Skulls. Another crypt is named Crypt of the Pelvises. Then there is the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones, and Crypt of the Three Skeletons. Hours are: 9-12 and 3-6, closed on Thursdays. No pictures allowed. (This picture is from a postcard)
We were honored to be able to have a glimpse into the remarkable life of Mother Teresa. The Convent that houses the Sisters of Charity of Calcutta is within the confines of the Church of San Gregorio (near Circus Maximus). Here is the inside the small, sparce "cell" that was Mother Teresa's room. We are working on an album that will show more of her days in Rome.