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“My favourite in Rome ”

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Guided...
Ranked #72 of 1 971 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Perhaps this may be odd to some, but I actually enjoyed visiting Santa Cecilia Church more than the Vatican! It was very beautiful on the inside and the exterior, and the sculpture of Saint Cecilia, by Moderno, was fantastic to see. This is a must visit for anyone wishing to feel a spiritual connection to the patroness of music and poetry. The archeological excavation site is brilliant too, especially with its golden mosaic underground.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed across the piazza from this all week - it has variable opening times and we of course had lots to do - so we kind of ignored it.
I raced in on my last morning when the doors opened and so was pleased I did! Full story on Wikipedia. A beautiful church with an astonishing, moving altar sculpture in particular. A working nunnery. Worth seeking out.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

We had been to this church years ago to view the Pietro Cavallini Last Judgment fresco. You ring the bell at the entrance to the left at the front of the church and tell them you want to view the fresco. You are admitted. You pay your €2.50 per person entrance fee, then you are taken by elevator to the second floor to view the fresco, as the vigilant nun watches your every move. No photos are allowed. Entrance to the fresco is Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Underneath the church are interesting excavations. At the back of the church is the entrance where you pay €2.50 per person then descend the stairs to the "scavi." They are open daily from 9:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. then again from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The nun at the scavi was selling wonderfully fragrant lavender items and other home made goods.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Although it is not easy to find (people usually go to Trastevere to explore the other-age streets and to taste the old Italian cuisine), it is definitely worth the time spent finding it. The church is amazingly beautiful. Ask politely the nun to open the under-church corridors and you will see the very remains of the house where Santa Cecilia lived and an incredibly well preserved chapel. Don't forget to buy lavender. The opening hours are very strict. If you arrive at 16.00 don't expect to be invited or to open somebody the door for you, just enter.

Thank Magda X
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The church is gorgeous albeit a little challenging to find. The statue of Saint Cecilia at the altar is haunting. There are ruins downstairs of what may have been Saint Cecilia's house and upstairs there is a balcony that used to be segregated for nuns. It has an ancient fresco of The Last Judgement that is open for only 1 hour on certain days. A nun will bring you up on a lift. It's 2.50 euros to go up to the fresco.

Thank flaneur40
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