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“A beautiful old church, if you're getting a bit blase about the ole' Baroque” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere
Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
+39 06 581 4802
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Panoramic Bike Tour of Rome
Ranked #29 of 1,447 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
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“A beautiful old church, if you're getting a bit blase about the ole' Baroque”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Neighbourhood a bit run-down, but restaurants are cheaper. I thought the Santa Maria was beatiful though, a hidden gem. Can walk to a nice fountain - fonte acqua paola - from it and look over the city.

Visited May 2013
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“Lovely church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I loved the Piazza that this square was located in - busy spot where you can have a glass of wine and watch the world go by. The church is very pretty - cool chunks of broken bits of marble on the entrance.

Visited May 2013
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“An old and very beautiful church !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Situated in a really roman district, Santa Maria in Trastevere is a very old and beautiful church, renowned for its mosaics.

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“My favorite church in Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Of the 569 churches in Rome I have visited and studied, my favorite will always be this one. Why? For a variety of reasons. First, is the setting itself. The Piazza in front of the church happens to be my favorite piazza to sit and relax. On so many warm summer evenings in Rome, I would sit with my trusty beagle, enjoy the sound of the fountain, watch the people go buy, catch the entertainers in the piazza, and eventually succumb to a gelato from the second rate but still yummy Blue Ice shop. Looking at the face of the church, from the the entrance level, to the damaged frescoes on the second level to the magnicent mosaic of the madonna at the top of the tower, one feels the sweep of history. This is reputed to be the second oldest church in Rome, which I suspect no one can every verify, but it is clear that it is the first church named after Mary. (There are more than 60 freestanding churches named after here in Rome, and many more chapels and shrines.)

Inside the church, which is truly a house of worship and not simply a "historical church", you should first look up at the stunning ceiling. Then walk up to the altar and admire what in my view is the most expressive mosaic in all of Rome that stretches from one side of the back of the altar to the other. If you are the casual visitor, just have fun looking at all the panels, trying to figure them out. But grasp the extraordinary workmanship, the colors, the shapes, the very texture of the mosaics. They clearly were a labor of love.

This church is one of the very few in Rome that is open almost all the time.

My wife will be joining me for a visit to Rome in June 2013, and we will combine a church visit with dinner at Sabatini's. While touristy, cuisine is excellent. We always order the eggplant parmezhan, which is baked in a ceramic dish for two, is served bubbling hot with a crusted cheese topping that makes all the textures and tastes blend uniquely. The wine list is extensive, with some decent prices. For those who want superb wines at more affordable prices, order the Nippozano (Tuscan) or the Aiaci (Sicilian). You won't regret it.

Visited April 2013
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“My Favourite area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is area is like Italy you see in the movies. Very warm, lovely restaurants, musicians all over the place. The Church is fine if you wanna see it but the area is more fun

Visited April 2013
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