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“Lovely Basilica” 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 #28 of 1,498 things to do in Rome
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
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“Lovely Basilica”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice medieval church in a lovely area of Trastevere. Beautiful architecture inside and out. Couple very nice cafes just outside the front door.

Visited June 2015
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“The Real Contribution of this Church to Early Christian Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This relatively small church in the 'hip' and 'trendy' neighbourhood of Trastevere (across the Tiber) south of the Vatican may have existed as a house-church as early as 112 AD. This makes sense, because in ancient times this area was the old 'port' of Rome, and many people from the East might well have visited, including early Christians. By 220 AD this site was one of the official 'first 12 parishes' in Rome as confirmed by Pope Callistus I (buried under the main altar), about this same time, Pagan emperor Alexander Severus confirmed this church's function as a Christian place of worship in a legal dispute between the Christians and local tavern keepers. Although there is a rivalry between this church and Santa Maria Maggiore as to which is the first church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, dating and tradition generally holds that this church has the honour. The church was enlarged by Pope Julius I in about 340 and suffered significant destruction during the Visigoth Sack of Rome in 410. It had major renovations in the 8th and 9th centuries and was completely rebuilt in the 12th century when the stunning mosaics of Pietro Cavallieri were added. These are in a Romano-Byzantine motif, and literally stun viewers with their golden renditions from the life of the Virgin. But all of this magnificent artwork is NOT the most meaningful contribution of this church to early Christian Rome. Look at the front of the exterior of the church and you will see hundreds of Latin and Greek inscriptions. These are partially from the ancient church itself, and also from the catacombs. They are memorial monuments - gravestones of a sort, from early Christian martyrs in the time before Christianity became tolerated. As such, they are this church's most poignant and telling testimony to the presence of Christianity at this church and throughout Rome. For this reason alone, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is a MUST visit. There are many restaurants surrounding this church. The octagonal fountain in the Piazza outside the church is an ancient original.

Visited June 2015
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“Gold everywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

When walking in Santa Maria in Trastevere, you feel like you've arrived in the Old Rome. This building is absolutely stunning. Be careful to wear proper clothes if there is mass.

Visited July 2015
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“Totally beautiful and wonderful staff ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is my 3rd year of staying at this lovely little hotel in Trastevere.
With fruit trees and tables in the garden, a lovely dog named CoCo to add to the charm, amazing staff and delightful morning breakfast staff as well as evening happy hour staff. They were lovely from start to finish.
The rooms are small as it was a convent at one time, tucked away on a side street, the gates open up to a lovely garden and rooms.
Air conditioning is fantastic with mini bar fridge and coffee and tea in room.
We rode their bikes and they arranged special tours for us .
They really made us feel so welcome we will always come back to stay there. We could stay a long time there and Trastevere is so much fun at night.

Visited July 2015
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Casoli, Italy
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“One of my favourite churches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is beautiful church is in a stunning piazza in Trastevere in Rome.
Everything about the church and the piazza is amazing, from the beauty of the church itself, the cobbled square with fountain outside and the local bars and restaurants.
One of my favourite places in Rome, well worth a visit.

Visited May 2015
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