where: Piazza del Gesù/Via degli Astalli
hours: 7:00-12:30 & 16:00-19:45
best time to visit: after 16:00 or after the 10:00 morning mass
The third chapel on the right is decorated with ceiling, wall frescoes and the altarpiece of the Archangel Michael and the Angels by Federico Zuccari.
The chapel next, dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier, was designed by Pietro da Cortona with the altarpiece of Saint Francis Xavier by Carlo Maratta.
On the left side of the nave, opposite the chapel to Saint Francis Xavier is the Cappella di Sant' Ignazio. It holds the marble and bronze tomb of Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. It was designed by Andrea Pozzo, who was also responsible for most of the decorations and the fantastic ceiling fresco in the church of Sant'Ignazio da Loyola.
The third chapel on the left is the Cappella della SS Trinità decorated by Durante Alberti with the altarpiece by Francesco Bassano the Younger of the The Most Holy Trinity.
The left side's second chapel vault frescoes are by Niccolò Circignani, known as il Pomarancio.
Also worthy of a visit are the Rooms of Saint Ignatius. Built in 1543 for the saint and creator of the Society of Jesus, these original rooms were where the saint lived for the twelve years before his death.
The entrance corridor is richly decorated with frecoes by il Borgognone (Guilliame Courtois), and not to be missed is the stunning illusionistic fresco by Andrea Pozzo.
Entry to the rooms is located on the outside of the church – follow the signs. Entry is free but donations are accepted.
entrance: on the front facade of the church
cost: free/donation welcome
open: Monday to Saturday 16:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-12:00