Saturday, October 23, 2021

Santi Bartolomeo ed Alessandro dei Bergamaschi

where: Piazza Colonna
getting there: #40 bus #84 bus
open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00-12:00 and 17:00-19:00/Sunday 17:00-19:00

This little Baroque church in Piazza Colonna was first built in the 16th century as a chapel for the first hospital built in Rome dedicated to the mentally ill.
When the lunatic asylum was later moved to Trastevere a small church was built around the chapel for the expats of Bergamo.
In 1735 there was a major refurbishment of the church and in the 19th century the interior was decorated with gilded stucco. The ceiling fresco of Our Lady of Piety with Saints Bartholomew, Alexander and Agnes by Emilio Restosi is from this time.

The main altar is strikingly embellished with gilded putti and golden rays which surround the icon of Santa Maria della Pietà. Nearby is a wooden sculpture of Christ at the Column of Flagellation from 1569 decorated by Semoneta.
In the second chapel on the right is an altarpiece by Giovanni Antonio Valtellina from circa 1500
of five paintings by Marco Benefial and other 18th century artists.
In the second chapel on the left is an altarpiece of the Martyrdom of Saint John from 1732 by Aureliano Milani.
In the first chapel is the altarpiece by Pietro Galgardi, his first sold artwork.


Helpful Hints

Getting Around

I found walking Rome was the best way to see everything.

The metro, trams and buses are also an easy and cheap option.

Buses and the metro can get crowded. Tickets must be bought before boarding and validated.

Beware of pickpockets.

Buses 40 (express) and 64 start at Termini and end near Saint Peter's, traveling past places of interest, returning the same way.


Some stops along the 64 route are:

Repubblica

Piazza Venezia

Via Nazionale

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II


Bus 75 takes you past the Colosseum to Trastevere

Bus 910 takes you to Villa Borghese


Ticket Options

€1.50 B.I.T (Biglietto Integrato a Tempo) is the standard ticket valid for one metro, unlimited tram or bus rides within 100 minutes.


€7.00 B.I.G ( Biglietto Integrato a Giornaliero) is a daily ticket valid for unlimited metro, tram, bus and train travel within Rome.


Purchasing Bus and Metro tickets.

Newsstands, train stations, metro stations, kiosks with the ATAC logo and tabacchi shops sell tickets for the metro, trams and buses.

Large fines apply to travelers not holding or validating their ticket. Tickets once validated start from the time they have been stamped.






These are a few of my favourite books about Rome

The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
This book tells the story of one of the sons of Lucrezia Borgia who became a cardinal during the 16th century.

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
I love this book telling the story of Caterina Sforza who was fighting against the Borgia pope to retain the rights of her land and her freedom.

The Popes by John Julius Norwich
A detailed but easy and enjoyable book to read about the history of the papacy and the popes.

The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
I love this Book! It explains the families who made Rome what it is as we see it today and also looks at their triumphs, scandals and failures.

Rome by Robert Hughes
This book explains Rome from its beginning and expands on the Renaissance and Baroque until present times.

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.





other sites I trust for information on Rome are:
Rome Art Lover
Churches of Rome wiki