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Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Piazza di Santa Cecilia 22, 00153 Rome, Italy
+39 06 4549 2739
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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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Piazza di Santa Cecilia 22, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although it is not easy to find (people usually go to Trastevere to explore the other-age streets and to taste the old Italian cuisine), it is definitely worth the time spent finding it. The church is amazingly beautiful. Ask politely the nun to open the...More

Thank Magda X
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The church is gorgeous albeit a little challenging to find. The statue of Saint Cecilia at the altar is haunting. There are ruins downstairs of what may have been Saint Cecilia's house and upstairs there is a balcony that used to be segregated for nuns....More

Thank flaneur40
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Went to mass here and loved the church. Again the star was an altar mural above the altar. Lots of gold glittering with the lights. Mural depicts the apostles as lambs with Christ as their lamb leader. Ceiling painting also quite nice. Some tour the...More

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 20 October 2017

This is a beautiful church with glittering mosaics and art work, but the highlight is really the underground network of old Roman streets and houses, with more mosaics, and a very gaudy underground chapel, built in 1900 directly under the altar above.

Thank PublicTransportFan
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We visited this church one afternoon but unfortunately could not enter the body of the church as there was a wedding service. The church has a forecourt with a fountain. Although we could not see the church, we were able to enter the crypt area....More

Thank MelbourneJade
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Easily missed when a visitor to Rome has to choose among the hundreds churches scattered among this amazing city, but if you are visiting Trastevere (a must) make sure you pay a short visit to Santa Cecilia. Not very easy to find but it doesn't...More

Thank giannir
Reviewed 3 September 2017

The church itself is a small, unassuming church in the beautiful area of Trastevere. in the church itself, don't miss The Martryrdom of St Cecilia by the late-Renaissance sculptor Stefano Maderno - very touching! While you're there, be sure to pay the small fee to...More

Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We didn't make it inside because it has strict hours and it was too late to wait longer. However, we had to come because of the family name "Cecilia". There was a relaxing fountain out front and some other beautiful details. The courtyard area appeared...More

Thank Searchin4Vacays
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Amongst all of the gritty street life of Trastevere is the hidden treasure of the Basilica of Saint Cecilia. The magical interior featuring architectural details and decorations from many different centuries, whilst the crypt is a labyrinth of ancient artefacts and a massive contrast to...More

Thank Fabian B
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This was one of the absolute best things I saw in Rome. Not only is the church itself stunning, with a charming courtyard, but the archaeological site is beyond anything-- and I saw a LOT of archaeological digs underneath churches. This was the largest by...More

Thank Ceci I
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
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Karina M
30 July 2017|
Response from BettyKate | Reviewed this property |
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is free to visit. Santa Maria where the museum is costs but not much. In general, Europeans over 65 pay the same as adults. There is no more discount for over 65s unless you are resident in Rome.
Rev William R
5 November 2016|
Response from Lella P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have no idea as we walked there from Piazza di Spagna .
19 October 2016|
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Response from Lella P | Reviewed this property |
The beautiful fresco can be seen before 12 pm and after 2:30 pm as to go you have to ring at the nun's house and they have lunch between 12 and 2:30. I suggest a wonderful tour which can be guided and it's also in English... More