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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A nice church always full of people from everywhere. You can see the great mosaic inside and the Romanesque bell tower. In Trastevere area it's easy to have a good ice cream, a pizza or try roman cook in lovely narrow pedestrian streets.. don't miss it!

Thank Lauraful
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Of course, you can visit churches for weeks on end in Rome, so you want to find one that is different and unique. This one is; we visited at night, so we also ate take-away pizza and gelato on the streets near the Church. Early Christian, medieval art and decor. The mosaics were impressive, and the peace and quiet you feel while sitting there enjoying it all is worth the effort to spend some time.

The church dates from the Third Century, the Nave still has its 12th century footprint. Even the granite columns are impressive as you walk along the perimeter of the inside of the church. We really enjoyed the neighborhood, and also finding a church that wasn't teeming with (other) tourists.

Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Every church in Rome is beautiful, all of them in different way, this church was touching, the whole area is unique and the neighborhood it is in is also unique. The church had the wonderful art work we have come to expect.

Thank 1991KEB
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I felt the presence from the first christians being outside the church entrance. The stone tablets in the walls talked to me through the millenia. A story of love and hope.

Thank Anders N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travestere was how I had imagined Rome – and perhaps, as my husband noted, the way the city would have been in the 1920s. People sat on the marble steps around the fountain, pleasant but aesthetically unremarkable. A street artist produced gaudy paintings, abstract or of the solar system or galaxy, using spray paint that smelled like the merest whiff would do in brain cells. An accordionist played Italian folk tunes.
Facing the plaza was the stunning mosaic façade of our main destination, Santa Maria in Travestere, its golden mosaics hinting at the wonders inside. In my opinion, this basilica is the prettiest church in Rome. It manages to be dazzling without being over-the-top or making one feel like pieces of embossed putti might fall on one’s head. The effect may be due to the main decoration being the 12th Century mosaics lining the curved ceiling above the altar and the arches supporting it. A charming line of sheep marched below the main mosaic. The coffered ceiling was gilded, and the side chapels contained some lovely frescoes, but the overall ambiance was airy and spiritual, rather than an overdone display of earthly grandeur.

Thank Sandy S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Santa Maria in Trastevere, on the other side of the Tiber River, is truly a hidden pearl among the 900 churches in Rome. It is one of the oldest churches in Rome and is the first Marian church in Rome. It is a little hard to find, squirreled away in a Bohemian tumble down neighborhood. But the effort to get to it on foot is well worth the effort. Inside there is a magnificent apse that has, at one time been the ceremonial and religious center of Rome when the basilicas of Saint Peter's and Saint John Lateran were not in a state to fulfill that role. The beautiful ceiling is unique with its large bas relief figure of Mary at its central focus point. Allow the time necessary to savor this one.

Thank Louis_McCall
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a church. This is a magnificent Church. In October, at 12 am, with the sun through the yellow windows you can understand a little bit more what people can do with the faith! Something divine!!

Andateci verso le 12, col sole. Questa chiesa è straordinaria. Qualcosa di divino la avvolge.

Thank Francesco M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was wandering aimlessly around Trastevere when I took a wrong turn and found this basilica. Wow, what a find! Truly is one of the most beautiful churches I have visited in Italy. The golden mosaic walls above the alter are gorgeous, especially when someone pays for the lights to go on for 2-3 minutes. The tiny room to the left of the alter is also beautiful with a fabulous ceiling. Don’t forget to look up as you leave, at the three stained glass windows. Apparently one of the oldest churches in Rome.

Thank aussieshorty
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches in Rome. It is a bit off of the beaten path. I came upon this church while walking around Trastevere. During my visit, the front of the building was being renovated, however, that did not stop tourists from visiting. There were several people in the church at the time, admiring the décor. This church is very ornate - decorated in lots of gold.

It is my understanding that St. Apollonia's relics are housed here, but I was unable to locate them.

There is a very small gift shop inside of the church that sells mainly nativity scene items and postcards. It was very warm inside - no air conditioning - which made it pretty uncomfortable to be inside for more than a few minutes. The lone sales clerk there spent an inordinate length of time chatting to two women. He did not seem to notice the long line of customers standing in line to pay for their items.

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Reviewed September 25, 2018

Don't miss this gorgeous church or the charming neighborhood it sits within. Utterly stunning. I can't offer much more than it was a visual feast.

Thank Summer P
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