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Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

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Address: Piazza di Santa Cecilia 22, 00153 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 4549 2739
09:15 - 12:45
16:00 - 18:00
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16:00 - 18:00

This Church was constructed between 817 and 824 AD, on the site of an...

This Church was constructed between 817 and 824 AD, on the site of an earlier fifth-century building, and features a grand courtyard, garden, twelfth-century bell tower and a gothic tabernacle by Arnolfo di Cambio.

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Santa Cecilia is a Real Gem

We visited Saint Cecelia's Basilica today and loved it. My wife's name is Celia, so this was on the travel plan for us. It takes a little work to find it as it is tucked away on... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Saint Cecelia's Basilica today and loved it. My wife's name is Celia, so this was on the travel plan for us. It takes a little work to find it as it is tucked away on a small street in Trastevere, but on all the maps. The church itself is magnificent and apparently sits atop Cecelia's original home. Two... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on the edge of a shabby area (best to be alert), this church houses beautiful 9th century apse mosaics. The crypt is well worth the 2.5 Euro suggested donation to view ancient granary pits, Roman mosaic floor remains and a delightful chapel to St Cecilia and other martyrs below the alter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An ancient church that it is well worth spending the 2.5 euros to visit the crypt. Once you walk through a number of archeological displays you reach the most amazing church in the crypt which has stunning mosaics.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Make sure you go to trastevere when in Rome, as it is such a beautiful area to visit and has plenty of restaurants and bars. It is also nice, as it has 2 amazing churches and this is the one that is least known. We went by mistake, as we were passing by and decided to go in and were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Observe the best art masterpiece here, sculpture of St. Cecilia by the late-Renaissance sculptor Maderno. We have just visited San Francesco a Ripa nearby (hosting Bernini's Ludovica) and found an equally striking masterpiece here. Critics say that though the work is done decades before the Baroque period, it has demonstrated great theatrical effects of high-Baroque sculptures. A masterpiece in head... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This church has lovely simple garden outside and a magnificent inside with mosaics ,but the highlight is to ring at the nun's apartments on the left side and they will let you see the spectacular painting "The last judgement " by Pietro Cavallini .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The church is dedicated to St Cecilla who was martyred in AD230. The church itself probably dates back to the 4th century had has a great alter canopy with a fresco of the Last Judgement by Pietro Cavallini. However the best part is downstairs where the remains of St Cecilla house and an absolutely fabulous chapel cover in mosaics. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Having read about this church in the guide book we thought it worthwhile visiting and so glad we did. It is a beautiful church set in a Piazza with lovely a lovely garden in front. It is a 5th-century church in the lovely Trastevere area, devoted to the Roman martyr Saint Cecilia. Remember to check out the archaeological site beneath... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I read about this church and finally I had a chance to visit them. Very nice church with beautiful architecture and very nice garden

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We explored Trastevere using Rick Steve's audio Europe and we're delighted to find this church. It was beautiful and with no crowds a peaceful spot to admire the amazing artifacts. The archeological site was open and even though we could not follow the Italian explanations it was very interesting.

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Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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