Friday, January 24, 2014

Santa Maria in Trastevere

Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

This minor basilica is said to be one of the oldest churches built in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It dates from the 4th century and it is also one of the first churches that openly celebrated mass during this time.
The church was restored in the 5th and 8th centuries, then in 1140 Pope Innocent II ordered the demolition of the church and removal of the tomb of the antipope Anacletus II, then commissioned the rebuilding using twenty-two granite columns thought to be from the Baths of Caracalla.
The facade was restored by Carlo Fontana in 1702. The facade mosaics are attributed to Pietro Cavallini.
The apse is decorated by mosaics from the 12 century and the 13th century mosaic panels are also by Pietro Cavallini.
The apse ceiling panels depicting the Assumption of the Virgin were by Domenichino and date to 1617.

The church is open daily from 8pm until 8pm.
A guide book can be bought in the gift shop inside the church.




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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.

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


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Repubblica

Piazza Venezia

Via Nazionale

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II


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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