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Santa Maria della Vittoria


This modest-looking Baroque church, its interior cosily candlelit and adorned with marble and gilt, holds one of Bernini's most famous works. The Ecstasy of...

Via XX Settembre 17

Santa Maria in Aracoeli


At the head of a daunting flight of 120 marble steps, the Romanesque Aracoeli ('altar of heaven') stands on the site of an ancient temple to Juno Moneta. It...

Piazza del Campidoglio 4

Santa Maria in Cosmedin


Despite an over-enthusiastic recent restoration, this remains a lovely jumble of early Christian, medieval and Romanesque church design - with a touch of...

Piazza della Bocca della Verità 18

Santa Maria in Domnica


Santa Maria in Domnica is known to the locals as the navicella (little ship), after the Roman statue that stands outside (which was the inspiration for the...

Via della Navicella 10

Santa Maria in Trastevere


This stunning church, with its welcoming portico and façade with shimmering 13th-century mosaics, overlooks the traffic-free piazza of the same name and is...

Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Via


Perk yourself up with a cupful of miraculous water in the church of Santa Maria in Via. In 1286 a stone bearing an image of the Virgin's face floated to the...

Via Mortaro 24

Santa Maria Maggiore


Behind this blowsy Baroque façade is one of the most striking basilica-form churches in Rome. Local tradition says a church was built on this spot in c366;...

Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria sopra Minerva


Central Rome's only Gothic church was built on the site of an ancient temple of Minerva in 1280 and modelled on Santa Maria Novella in Florence. It was...

Piazza della Minerva 42

Santa Prassede

Critics' choice

This church was built in the ninth century on the spot where St Praxedes is said to have harboured Christians. The saint, the story says, sponged up the...

Via Santa Prassede 9A

Santa Pudenziana


Tradition says St Pudenziana was the sister of St Praxedes; their father Pudens was a senator who harboured St Peter in a house on the spot where this...

Via Urbana 160

Santa Sabina

Critics' choice

Try to visit Santa Sabina on a sunny day, when the light shines softly into this magnificent, solemn basilica. It was built in the fifth century over an...

Piazza Pietro d'Illiria 1

Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura & mausoleum of Santa Costanza


The circular fourth-century mausoleum of Santa Costanza, 2km (1.25 miles) along via Nomentana, was built for Constantine's daughters, Constance (a saint...

Via Nomentana 349

Sant'Agnese in Agone


Legend says that pubescent Agnes was cast naked into the stadium of Domitian around AD 304 when she refused to renounce Christ and marry some powerful local...

Piazza Navona/via Santa Maria dell'Anima 30A



Built over a ninth-century church that marked the burial place of St Monica, St Augustine's mother, the 15th-century church of Sant'Agostino has one of the...

Piazza Sant'Agostino

Sant'Andrea al Quirinale


With funding from Cardinal Camillo Pamphili, the Jesuits commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to build a church for novices living on the Quirinale. The site...

Via del Quirinale 29