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Oratorio del Gonfalone

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Via del Gonfalone 32 Incrocio Via Giulia, 00186 Rome Italy
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Jeremy W wrote a review Feb 2017
London, United Kingdom1,542 contributions304 helpful votes
Just off Via Giulia this lovely 16th century Renaissance church is used for concerts. The setting is spectacular with vast frescoes (mostly restored) line the walls. The ceiling is a cast sea of carved wood. Gonfalone is used for concerts and the acoustics are excellent. Like most events in Rome getting tickets is delightfully unpredictable and prices cheap. Avoid the front side seats as they are uncomfortable
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Date of experience: February 2017
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James H wrote a review Nov 2016
Regina, Canada22 contributions16 helpful votes
I enjoy Gonfalone. In short, for an inexpensive price, you get a good concert usually. There are exception but it is worth a visit just to see the beautiful interior. BUT if you are like me, 21:00 (9 PM) concerts are too late. Also, they ALWAYS start late. Last night, the concert was a full 30 minutes late in starting. The ticket situation has become dreadful (it takes forever now to obtain the tickets and it is IMPOSSIBLE to call and effectively reserve tickets - this is a change for this year because of a change in personnel). The excuse is always from management that this is what people want (late concerts and disorganized process for obtaining tickets). This does not have to be the Italian way of doing things. Other venues in Rome (e.g. Auditorium, Opera) offer earlier events and they start exactly on-time. The Gonfalone venue is dying because of this - so see it before it closes.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Kaja H wrote a review Apr 2016
Kardla, Estonia17 contributions
Wall frescos a the reasons to visit oratorio. Mannerism of thei pride and mysterious link between smal island Hiiumaa (Estonia).
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Bear H wrote a review Dec 2015
Williamsburg, Virginia1,293 contributions445 helpful votes
Open by appointments this meeting hall and chapel of a Middle Ages brotherhood had some of the best frescos in Rome. Well restored and magnificent to behold. Put this on your Rome bucket list
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Date of experience: December 2015
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245feap wrote a review Apr 2015
Bergen, Norway94 contributions79 helpful votes
Hidden in a backstreet from Via Giulia, this is a fascinating place. If you are interested in arthistory it´s a must. The catholic fraternity Oratorio del Gonfalone (established in the 13th century), involved in charity, buying free christians enslaved in muslim countries, religious processions and passion plays, built it around 1550, and from 1568 to 1577 it was decorated with frescoes by the most prominent mannerist painters in Rome. The room is an extremely important example of roman mannerist and counterreformation painting. It´s not open for the public without an appointment, but if you call 0685301758 you can make an appointment for a guided visit mon - fri from 10 am to 4 pm (Eur 8 pr pers). The best way to experience the room is if you happen to be in Rome when there is a concert. The room was built for concerts and plays, and has lovely acoustics. There are 2-3 concerts every month, except in summer. For program, see http://www.oratoriogonfalone.com (only in italian). I had the pleasure of hearing L’AFFRESCO SI FA MUSICA on april 1st: An easter concert with music related to the 12 large frescoes that shows the story of the passion. Beautiful! They stage concerts from chamber music to jazz, if you have the opportunity to go to one: Go! (No online ticketsale, call 0685301758). Come half an hour before the concert to have a look at the paintings!
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Date of experience: April 2015
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