Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini
getting there: short walk from Palazzo Spada
open: weekdays 7:00-12:00 & 16:30-19:30
Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini was built in the early 17th century on the site of a small parish church. It was named Most Holy Trinity of Pilgrims and dedicated to those who travelled to Rome.
This quite, ochre coloured church is located in a small piazza not far from the Palazzo Spada and the Via Giulia.
The architect was Martino Longhi the Elder and building began in 1587 but it wasn't until 1723 that the Baroque facade was completed by Francesco de Santis, the architect who designed the Spanish Steps.
Bernardino Ludovisi created the statues of the Evangelists for the niches in the facade.
The church has three chapels either side of the nave.
The high altarpiece of the Holy Trinity (1625) is by Guido Reni.
In the second chapel on the right is Filippo Bigioli di Sanseverino's Vision of Our Lady to Saint Philip.
In the first chapel on the left is an altarpiece by il Borgognone (1677) of the Madonna and Child with Saints.
In the second chapel, left side is the Virgin and Saints by Cavaliere d'Arpino.
The third chapel on the left, decorated with frescoes also holds the altarpiece Saint Gregory Freeing the Souls from Purgatory by Baldassare Croce.
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:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Bus 75 takes you past the Colosseum to Trastevere
Bus 910 takes you to Villa Borghese
€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.