Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle

Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle

Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK22,648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This magnificent cathedral has the additional benefit of a great dome. The beautiful dome built by Maderno and inaugurated on 6 November 1622 is inferior in width and height only to that of St. Peter's . The interior of the church is in the shape of a Latin cross with a vast nave flanked by eight high chapels which underline the vertical rhythm of the building. One of them, the Barberini chapel, is also known as the " Tosca Chapel " because part of the plot of Puccini's opera is set here . Two further side chapels overlook the apse, rich in gold and frescoed by Mattia Preti . At the ends of the nave, there are two rare testimonies of the ancient Vatican basilica, transferred here in 1614: the funeral monuments of Popes Pius II and Pius III Piccolomini , the first dating back to around 1470.
Written March 29, 2023
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Sasha Marie
1,718 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Stumbled across this exquisite church, tucked along one of the main roads. It caught my attention as we passed due to the incredible artwork I saw as someone opened the door. From the outside this is not impressive however inside…wow. Definitely worth visiting as it is free and very beautiful. There were a few homeless people sat on the steps outside however so be mindful of that.
Written June 8, 2024
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴
Kolios, Greece5,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Yet another must see Church in Rome, we visited this place by accident when we took cover from the rain. The entry is free and the Basilica is very beautiful, I definitely recommend taking a stop to see it, we spent more then an hour inside looking and admiring the interior.
Written April 13, 2020
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Tommy_Peroni
Macclesfield, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It would be easy to walk past this gem, because it doesn’t look particularly spectacular from the outside and even the lobby area looks a bit dull.

However, once inside the transformation is amazing and it’s so worth making the effort to visit.

The Basilica is located very close to the fruit & vegetable market and not that far from the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument so the chances are, that if you are walking around Rome, you will be walking close by at some point.

For information, the interior of this Basilica features in Act 1 of Puccini’s Tosca: An escaped convict hides here, and the main male character, the artist Cavaradossi who is working in the church, is accused of helping the convict by Scarpia, the Chief of Police. Now Scarpia has an ulterior motive in arresting Cavaradossi, because he has a love interest in Cavaradossi’s girlfriend, the beautiful Tosca. Spoiler alert: They all die in the end.
Written October 30, 2019
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Conroe, TX2,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We happened upon this magnificent basilicas on one of our many walks through central Rome, just near Piazza Novena. Dedicated to Andrew, it provides excellent frescoes of his life and martyrdom. In addition to the frescoes, admire the amazing dome. Take the free audio guide(donation suggested), it is well worth it.
Written December 22, 2018
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alisdair t
Workington, UK6,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
As we wander around Rome, we are blown away by the beauty inside of the may Basilicas in the city. This one was located just around the corner from our hotel.
It is one of the 3 great preaching churches from the 17th C, a chuch being on this site from the 11th C, this one dating from the 1500s. The magnificent interior dates from the 17th C, but has had many restorations
Written March 19, 2018
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dapper777
Monaco64,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
As with quite a few of the other Roman churches / basilicas, it doesn't look that impressive from the exterior.
Once inside however, it is very impressive for sure.
Sant'Andrea della Valle is located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, just a few steps from the famed Piazza Navona and was named for the nearby residence of Cardinal Andrea della Valle,
This is another great cathedral to see in Rome
The dome, which is Rome's 4th largest, was designed by Maderno while the lantern was overseen by Borromini. The famous facade was added by Carlo Rainaldi.
The last chapel on the left is the Barberini Chapel, which was Puccini's backdrop for the first act of his famous opera, Tosca.
The whole church is so gorgeous inside..it's somewhat overwhelming how beautiful it is on the inside.
Stunning artworks all through including the ceiling.
You wouldn't have guessed from the outside.
This should be on your must-see church list.
It is beautiful and definitely worth the stop.
Written August 31, 2019
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K_H_Germany
Germany71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Opera lovers may have heard of this basilica because the first act of Puccini's Tosca is set there. It is a baroque church which is the seat for the order of the Theatines (the church of the Theatines in Munich, Germany - Theatinerkirche - was modeled after it). It has the third largest dome in Rome, after St. Peter's and the Pantheon. Two popes are buried there (Pius II and III), and one of its chapels was designed by Michelangelo and displays a copy of his famous Pietà, the original of which is in St. Peter's.
You can listen to a very informative audio guide (just about ten minutes long) providing details on the history of the basilica and its impressive paintings.The audio guide is available in many languages and free of charge (but visitors are asked for a donation).
Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 6, 2019
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hs_travels
London, UK71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
This church is one of the most significant in Rome and they offer you an audio guide in return for a donation. It is a lovely place to spend a few minutes or so in the cool, admiring the paintings.
Written July 12, 2019
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Edwardos
Leuven4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Impressive church easy to discover via the gratis offered audio guide.
Thanks a lot for the idea of providing the audio guide.
Written June 3, 2019
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