Basilica di San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini

Basilica di San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini, Rome

Basilica di San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini

Basilica di San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini
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Neighborhood: Testaccio
Put the house music on replay and you have Testaccio, an ancient Roman port and former working class neighborhood where the bass is set to high almost every night of the week. Its collection of discoteche (nightclubs), street parties, and crowded restaurants give it its well-deserved party reputation. During the daytime, Testaccio is more easy listening than club hit, the area is full of locally owned small businesses and has one of the city's larger produce markets.
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Alexander VG
5 contributions
Dec 2020
This is an impressive Baroque church yet for some reason it lacks that special feeling that one finds in most Roman churches. It's as if it's too grand, and too monumental. I would still recommend a visit - some impressive Baroque works of art inside...but if you're looking for a spiritual experience, this might not be the ideal church.
Written September 28, 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA29,446 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
This Baroque masterpiece created by the best of Italian architects and sculptures is so close to the Ponte Sant’Angelo and yet missed by many. You will never find crowds inside and amazing Baroque masterpieces will be all yours to enjoy.

The facade created by Giacomo della Porta is a shining example of Baroque elegance. The spacious nave with white columns on both sides lead you to stunning altar designed by Pietro da Cortona. The chapels are gorgeous as well, especially the Falconieri Chapel with the tomb of Cardinal Falconieri designed by Francesco Borromini and completed by Pietro da Cortona.

Francesco Borromini’s is buried under the dome.
Written January 7, 2020
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Miroslav K
Grosuplje, Slovenia346 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
The church of St John of the Florentines is a place where Francesco Borromini lies. He found his peace after committing suicide in the summer of 1667. I am quite fond of his work and I have wanted to pay a visit to his resting place. The church was built in early 16th century and it took more than a century to be built. It was decorated by mainly Tuscan artists and the altar itself is by Borromini.
Interesting thing is that they admit animals (pets) in the church.
Written May 2, 2015
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nluling
Superior, CO5 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Take 30 minutes the to see this. It has its own Metro Stop nearby. We did not make it to St. Peters Basilica so I cant compare them. Being Rome's first church in the 300's AD shows through.
Written January 6, 2015
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John and Chenit F
54 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We found this treasure of a church walking on our way home from the Pantheon. Beautiful interior with amazing sculptures. Peaceful and quiet with no crowds to jostle your way through to see great Italian art. Architect was no other than the great Boromini who also built the altar. Even though he committed suicide, they found a resting place for him in the church, quite fittingly.

There was no entry fee. Highly recommend the audio guide for a donation. A definite gem especially for those enthralled by Boromini and Bernini.
Written October 14, 2019
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einarse
Bodo, Norway276 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
This church would be THE MOST beautiful church if it was in my country. Now, it is just one of many beautiful church in Rome. Worth a visit, though, and a nice place to cool down from the sunny heat outside.

When we visited in early July, it was almost empty, shame that not more people look for the minor churches in Rome, as they are equally beautiful as the major ones, and the minor ones are not full of tourists, so you can really look and enjoy.
Written July 25, 2016
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Rodney and Harriet
ontario, canada594 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
We happened upon this Church without a plan ann without noting it in any forum or on TA. This Church is a typically beautiful builiding with lovely artwork. Its claim to fame is the foot of Mary Magdalene. Yup, that's what I said.

Did you know that for centuries pilgrims who came to Rome to visit the tomb of Peter would first stop to worship the foot of Saint Mary Magdalene who was the first person to enter the tomb of the risen Christ? The relic was first located at the entrance of Ponte Sant’Angelo.

This foot was first kept by Benvenuto Cellini and later made its way to San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, but it was forgotten. Rediscovered in 2000 the relic now is very close to the Ponte and the Vatican – pilgrims will now be able to venerate the relic when they come to visit St. Peter and Rome. Pilgrims can receive the testimonium that attests that they made it to Rome!
Written December 1, 2013
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MJJ
Australia121 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Recommend a visit to this church, it is not a 'regular' tourist attraction in Rome and I discovered it by accident. I am so glad I did it is amazing inside!
Written June 13, 2019
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LindsayK1988
Edinburgh, UK84 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Decided to visit San Giovanni on a whim and we were so glad we did. The church is glorious inside (despite being described in our guidebook as "barren"!!!). The history around the church was so interested and the decor and architecture was outstanding. It was also so much quieter than the many places in the more touristy areas of Rome so it was nice to be away from the crowds. It's easy to get to on the Metro from the centre.

Definitely wear respectful clothing an keep shoulders and knees covered.
Written June 24, 2018
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Colin H
Looe, UK370 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
This is an impressive Baroque church situated at the top of the Via Giulia near the Ponte Principe.
Not on the usual tourist itinerary this church is pleasantly peaceful.
Inside there is an impressive Sanctuary by Borromini (who is also buried here) and a fine altar piece of the Baptism of Christ by Antonio Raggi, who has a number of notable works in the Church.
The small museum of sacred art is worth a look. It has a small collection but includes works by Bernini and one attributed to Michelangelo.
This is one of the Roman churches closed in the afternoons between 12:00 and 17:00.
Written October 4, 2017
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