where: near the Mausoleum of Augustus and opposite the Museo dell'Ara Pacis
getting there: a short walk from the #64 bus stop at the Bridge of Angels
open: Monday 7:30-9:00 & 16:30-20:00, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30-12:00 & 16:30-20:00 and Sunday 7:30-13:00 & 16:30-20:00
Once a small church stood here connected to a hospital commissioned by the confraternity of San Rocco, an association of boatmen and inn owners from the nearby Tiber port, who assisted people with the plague – Saint Roch is the patron saint of plague victims.
The inside of San Rocco is beautifully decorated with marbles, frescoes and stucco work.
The nave ceiling fresco, the Funeral and Apotheosis of Saint Roch, is by artist Achille Scaccioni and was painted during the 19th century restoration.
The altarpiece by Giacinto Brandi at the high altar shows Saint Roch in Glory and dates from 1674.
San Rocco holds the first known public work by Baroque artist il Baciccio.
The altarpiece by Giovanni Battista Gaulli of the Madonna and Child with Saints Roch and Antonio Abbott (c1665) was moved from the second chapel on the right of the church and now hangs without fanfare on a wall in the sacristy.