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Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

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Address: Piazza di Santa Cecilia 22, 00153 Rome, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 06 4549 2739
09:15 - 12:45
16:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:15 - 12:45
16:00 - 18:00

This Church was constructed between 817 and 824 AD, on the site of an...

This Church was constructed between 817 and 824 AD, on the site of an earlier fifth-century building, and features a grand courtyard, garden, twelfth-century bell tower and a gothic tabernacle by Arnolfo di Cambio.

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Beautiful, spiritual, and interesting

The church inside is very beautiful, but I would definitely recommend looking up the history of St. Cecilia and the church before you go to appreciate her statue, the ruins, etc... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sara T
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The church inside is very beautiful, but I would definitely recommend looking up the history of St. Cecilia and the church before you go to appreciate her statue, the ruins, etc. even more before you visit. To see the earlier worship spaces underneath the current church I believe was worth the few euros it cost.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We heard the tragic story of Saint Cecilia whilst visiting the Catacombs and decided to visit the church where she was buried. This place was a real find and one of our highlights in Rome. The church itself is beautifully decorated and worth a visit but the real gem is downstairs in the house where Cecilia lived. The house is... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to visit Santa Maria in Cappella which was closed to filming by Italian Television. Instead we found Santa Cecilia where we were fortunate to experience a nun playing the organ beautifully. Such a treat. The church itself is very tastefully decorated, offers real candles for those who wish to light one with a prayer. It has beautiful mosaics,... More 

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

This wasn't on our list of places to see but we got lost wandering down the side streets when the church bells started to chime so decided to find out where they were coming from and found this little gem of a church set in a stunning little garden with a pond. Such a beautiful setting and a beautiful church,... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Not your typical overbearing church. Lovely Crypt and fantastic Byzantine mosaics. I liked it very much.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

While in the Trastevere area we were able to gain access to this church, thanks to some musicians who were entering for a rehearsal. The nun inside was far too polite to ask us to leave. The story of her martyrdom is rather gruesome (there is a sculpture of her, which shows the slit across the throat, near the altar)... More 

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

This basilica is a true gem, and luckily it hasn't been named a top tourist site. My daughter's name is Cecilia and I'm a musician, and since St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, this place was a must-see for my family. We visited during the Christmas-New Year break but even so, this lovely church wasn't at all crowded.... More 

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

This church is really interesting. It dates from at least the fifth century The main space is beautifully done with an amazing altar and two paintings by Guido Reno, but an equally great attraction lies below. There are fascinating excavations and an incredible chapel that is a true feast for the eyes. The church is located in a less traveled... More 

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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Saint Cecelia's Basilica today and loved it. My wife's name is Celia, so this was on the travel plan for us. It takes a little work to find it as it is tucked away on a small street in Trastevere, but on all the maps. The church itself is magnificent and apparently sits atop Cecelia's original home. Two... More 

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Located on the edge of a shabby area (best to be alert), this church houses beautiful 9th century apse mosaics. The crypt is well worth the 2.5 Euro suggested donation to view ancient granary pits, Roman mosaic floor remains and a delightful chapel to St Cecilia and other martyrs below the alter.

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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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