Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle

Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle, Rome

Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle

Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA28,313 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome and one of my personal favorites. Its harmonious Baroque facade was designed by Carlo Rinaldi - cross busy Corso Vittorio Emanuele to take a photo of it.

The interior is even more impressive, but its lavish decor is not overwhelming at all; it is elegant and elaborate. The dome, the chapels, the nave, its famous organ create a gorgeous harmonious ensemble.

I am especially attracted to this beautiful church because of its association with one of my favorite operas: the first act of “Tosca” takes place in the Basilica di Sant’Andrea della Valle.
Written May 19, 2021
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴
Kolios, Greece5,147 contributions
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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ERIC W
Knoxville, TN4,208 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Every time I step into a church like this it takes my breath away. Wonderful architectural masterpiece and free entry
Written February 16, 2020
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Antonio M
2 contributions
Feb 2020
Bellissimo monumento della cristianità. Una chiesa ricca di storia ed arte, con la seconda cupola più alta di Roma. E' stato un tuffo nella bellezza!

Beautiful experience in Sant' Andrea della Velle. Inside you can find an interesting audioguide that the volunteers give you for a visit this beautiful church.
The audioguides are given to you gratis, and you can give them an offer to help!
Really suggest
Written February 6, 2020
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Dovydas
Rokiskis, Lithuania3 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
It was very beautiful. The paitings on the wall were fantastic. I am not even talking about the staff that is working there! They are very friendly! I was pretty suprised to see this wonderful Church
Written December 6, 2019
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Tommy_Peroni
Macclesfield, UK152 contributions
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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CJTravelerTexas
Texas8,381 contributions
Oct 2019
While walking around Rome, I came upon Sant'Andrea della Valle (Saint Andrew of the Valley). The beginning of this basilica dates back to the late-1500s and was completed in 1650. It is dedicated to the life of Saint Andrew, one of Christ's first disciples. Of particular interest are the three frescoes depicting the crucifixion, martyrdom, and burial of Saint Andrew by Mattia Preti. This is a beautiful basilica and one well worth visiting.
Written October 26, 2019
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dapper777
Monaco32,075 contributions
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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Kevin S
Pontypool, UK2,398 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Another beautiful Basilica that Rome has to offer the visitor.
The external features are outstanding.
Written August 27, 2019
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K_H_Germany
Germany61 contributions
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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