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Church of St. Francis of Assisi at Ripa Grande

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Address: Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi 88 | zona Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 5819020
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Built in 1231 by the Franciscans, this church is dedicated to St. Francis...

Built in 1231 by the Franciscans, this church is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi and still serves as a place of worship today.

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Home to Bernini's greatest masterpiece.

The congregation here are so welcoming and they are delighted to share their Bernini sculpture with you. We popped in to see the sculpture and found ourselves in the midst of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
FriskyG
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Southampton, United Kingdom

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The congregation here are so welcoming and they are delighted to share their Bernini sculpture with you. We popped in to see the sculpture and found ourselves in the midst of service to celebrate the Golden Wedding of a wonderful couple who wanted us to stay for the rest of the service. How gloriously Italian. The lighting on the sculpture,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

this is the place where St Francis stayed (wasn't a church then but a monastery). Go to the sacristan and ask to see the relics and the upper chamber where Francis stayed during his Rome visits. Area is under lock and key and is only open when you ask. This is also a church with another famous Bernini carving.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I stayed near here but you can train it out from Rome. You want to see this. Also the city on the hill which will take a cab ride to but you will visit the order Frances started and his tomb. A must and it dioes not take to much to do. When you go to the train station ask... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Anyone who appreciates the sculptures in Rome must make a visit here. Its great to see berninis work in Galleria Borghese but his work in the churches seems more impressive and apt with the right surroundings to view them in. Also you are not surrounded by tourists and can quietly appreciate it in a better atmosphere. Not to be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

San Francesco a Ripa Grande is a Baroque style church situated on a small piazza in Trastevere. This is where you can see one of Bernini's masterpiece 'Ecstasy of Beata Ludovica Albertoni', which is reason enough to consider making a visit to this church in Rome. The church origins appear to be that of a Franciscan convent built in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A friend who lives in Trastevere showed me this church during my recent visit to Rome. It is a beautiful church with an amazing sculpture, Bernini's Ecstasy. The church is also interesting in that there are reliquaries and skeletons in each of the stations. It is where St Francis stayed when he visited Rome and Pope Francis named himself after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A quiet and graceful church hiding around the back of Trastevere. Bernini's 'Ecstacy' is the highlight although it's not quite of the same standard as his Santa Teresa and the disembodied seraphim above the sculpture are a little disconcerting. Outside in Via Anicia look out for four brass cobblestones set in the pavement outside an apartment building and commemorating the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

St. Francis De Asisi - what a magnificent glorious place. Such tranquility from the first step off the bus. The morning has been so good for the soul, said my prayers for everyone specially my Uncle Clive. St Francis is there patron Saint. Had a nice lunch on the Hill next to the the church and got to walk in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Located on the edge of Trastevere, this church is of historic importance because it is where Francis of Assisi stayed when he visited Rome. His room is being restored. Church has a beautiful piece of sculpture by Bernini as well as other work. Visit here then walk to Aventine Hill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The main reason we made the effort (twice as it was closed the first time) to visit this church was Bernini's statue "Ecstasy of Beata Ludovica Albertoni" . It is indeed an incredible sculpture. You are no longer allowed to take pictures of it. It is similar to his "St. Teresa in Ecstasy". St. Francis of Assisi lived in an... More 

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