Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere
4.5
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Trastevere
Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut4,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Basilica
    What a beautiful Basilica in Trastévere, Rome. From the outside it does not look as impressive as some of the others we have seen, but once inside you see the beauty. We were at the Piazza and when we saw it was open we went in and were amazed. The art work is beautiful! The church is beautiful. Never judge a book by its cover.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada938 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Place Makes You Want To Pray.
    The Bascilica, Santa Maria in Trastevere, is a church that pays homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a breathtaking structure outfitted in gold and glass mosaics, frescoes, gilded wood and marble veneer. This site of catholic devotion is alive and is ritualized by locals and tourists participating in a host of daily masses and Virgin Mary ceremonies. This place makes you go into prayer mode.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • greektraveller13
    Cardiff, United Kingdom208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything about this church is stunning. Definitely a church worth visiting
    This is the oldest church in Rome in what is the oldest part of Rome. This is a place that is well worth seeing and you cannot help but pick up an amazing feeling here. Some of the materials used in the building are from the baths of Caracella! Even the paintings on the outside of the church are amazing! There are fantastic mosaics on the church Definitely somewhere worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Hugary1
    Sydney, Australia7,985 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa. Maria in Trastevere
    When you look across the square at the building it just looks like a small old Roman era building. Once you go past the walls with embedded grave markers and through the large doors you get a surprise. This is a very large church with an exceptional history. Started in 212 and added over the next 1000 years to be the building you see. You have to be impressed as from the outside it doesn't look much then inside it's a TARDIS. It's in the popular restaurant area so if you want a great meal go to the area but don't by pass this church
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the oldest churches in Rome
    This is a minor basilica and one of the oldest churches in Rome, dating back to the 3rd century AD. It is located on a public square by the same name in the heart of Trastevere and is a neat church to visit when sightseeing in the area. Having been reconstructed and expanded a handful of times over the centuries, there is a variety of architectural styles on display at Santa Maria including a medieval tower, portico entrance topped with statues, fronting a mosaic decorated facade. Within, you will find column lined nave, Cosmateque marble floor, coffered, patterned ceiling with a nice pattern and very impressive apse mosaics known as the 'Coronation of the Virgin Mary' by Pietro Cavallini. Both the exterior and interior of the basilica make for nice viewing, making the basilica well worth 15-20 minutes of your time at least.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 May 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The Basilica of St Maria of Trastevere is the main church to visit in Trastevere. If you have limited time, this is the oldest and largest church.
It’s thought to be one of the most ancient in Rome. It’s most likely the first place where mass was legally celebrated in Rome.
What you see was mostly constructed in the 12th century but the original church dates back to the 3rd century. It’s hard to imagine now but at that time, Christians were still being persecuted.
If you can, visit at in the evening.
I have seen this church number of times but this time, we just happened to be there in the evening.
The church apse was illuminated, throwing bright lighting on the beautiful 12th-century mosaics by Pietro Cavallini. The golden tiles glowed and you could see the images so much more clearly - just lovely. The lights came on somewhere between 7 - 7:30pm but did not last for long.
This time, I also lingered in the very lovely Altemps Chapel. Cardinal Marco Sittich von Altemps had it built both as his own tomb and as a commemoration of the Council of Trent (1545-63). It's easy to accidentally overlook it because its right at the back of the church, to the left of the altar. It's the ceiling which is particularly beautiful. The central image is the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Other panels show scenes from her life, and the figures of the 4 Evangelists.
Written 4 June 2024
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mrk4th
Burr Ridge, IL326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Arrived on a holiday just as a service was ending, so far larger crowd than usual. The breathtaking mosaic above the alter alone is reason to visit. Incredible mix of history and beauty.
Written 2 June 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a minor basilica and one of the oldest churches in Rome, dating back to the 3rd century AD. It is located on a public square by the same name in the heart of Trastevere and is a neat church to visit when sightseeing in the area.

Having been reconstructed and expanded a handful of times over the centuries, there is a variety of architectural styles on display at Santa Maria including a medieval tower, portico entrance topped with statues, fronting a mosaic decorated facade.

Within, you will find column lined nave, Cosmateque marble floor, coffered, patterned ceiling with a nice pattern and very impressive apse mosaics known as the 'Coronation of the Virgin Mary' by Pietro Cavallini. Both the exterior and interior of the basilica make for nice viewing, making the basilica well worth 15-20 minutes of your time at least.
Written 7 May 2024
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Joanna T
London10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
One of the best churches in Rome and too often overlooked. Be sure to visit and combine with a lovely lunch in one of the many nearby trattoria.
Written 4 February 2024
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John D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Don’t be put off by what might seem as simplicity of the outside on first view as like many of the churches in Rome the inside is often what takes your breath away, Also this is a nice retreat compared to the busy churches on the other side of the Tiber.
Written 27 January 2024
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia7,985 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
When you look across the square at the building it just looks like a small old Roman era building. Once you go past the walls with embedded grave markers and through the large doors you get a surprise.
This is a very large church with an exceptional history. Started in 212 and added over the next 1000 years to be the building you see. You have to be impressed as from the outside it doesn't look much then inside it's a TARDIS.
It's in the popular restaurant area so if you want a great meal go to the area but don't by pass this church
Written 11 January 2024
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greektraveller13
Cardiff, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is the oldest church in Rome in what is the oldest part of Rome.

This is a place that is well worth seeing and you cannot help but pick up an amazing feeling here.

Some of the materials used in the building are from the baths of Caracella!

Even the paintings on the outside of the church are amazing!

There are fantastic mosaics on the church

Definitely somewhere worth a visit.
Written 6 October 2023
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Mark D
Newcastle, Australia3,392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Simply an amazing Basilica. Basilica di S Maria in Trastevere is located within the Piazza di Santa Maria v Trastevere. A little off beat but simply Amazing
Written 21 September 2023
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Kim D
Norwich, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A pretty church that felt very cosy, unlike some of the larger basillica. Worth a look for its gorgeous ceilings and frescos.
Written 13 September 2023
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Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The Bascilica, Santa Maria in Trastevere, is a church that pays homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a breathtaking structure outfitted in gold and glass mosaics, frescoes, gilded wood and marble veneer. This site of catholic devotion is alive and is ritualized by locals and tourists participating in a host of daily masses and Virgin Mary ceremonies.

This place makes you go into prayer mode.
Written 4 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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