We dropped by on Wednesday of Holy Week (week before Easter Sunday), and the church was closed/locked shut. Fortunately, there was a service scheduled for 30 minutes after our arrival, so we decided to wait. We were glad we did -- the service consisted of the local nuns singing hyms. It was a beautiful and simple service. I just enjoyed the simple, wonderful sound of the hymns sung a cappella by the nuns.
The church itself doesn't cost anything to go inside and visit. However, after walking around the church, we paid 2.50 Euros each to walk around the excavation and crypts under the church. It was well worth the 2.50 to see the ancient excavations of houses that were there before the church was built. (Tip: If you're in a small group there for a pilgrimage versus just a tourist stop, give the nun a little extra donation for the church.)
Overall, the outside of the church is nothing special -- it's in a dirty (dog poop littered) neighborhood. The grounds must have been beautiful at one point in the past, but it's not kept up as well as it should have been. The inside of the church, like most of the churches we've visited in Rome, is beautiful.
Some of the members of my party were part of their parish choirs, so the church had special religious significance for them: St. Cecilia is considered a patroness of church music.
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