Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Sant'Omobono

where: Vico Jugario, Ripa
getting there: bus 170 from Termini or metro Linea B Circo Massimo
open: closed for restoration

Sant'Omobono sits at the foot of the Capitoline Hill and next to the area of Sacra di Sant'Omobono, a working archaeological site with finds from Ancient Roma times. 
Today the church is looking a little neglected and is supposedly closed for restoration work.

The origins of the church date back to the 16th century when the Guild of Tailors established a church and named it after their patron Saint  Homobonus of Cremona, the patron saint of tailors.

Inside the church is The Coronation of Our Virgin in Heaven, a nave ceiling painting executed in 1877 by Italian artist Cesari Mariani who's work can also be seen in Santa Maria in Monticelli, Santa Maria in Aquiro and the Palazzo Quirinal.
Other artists who contributed to decorating the church were Pietro Turini and Baroque artist, Giovanni Antonio Galli (Spardarino) who was a close follower of Caravaggio.

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