Santa Maria in Trastevere

Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome


Santa Maria in Trastevere is a titular minor basilica in the Trastevere district of Rome, and one of the oldest churches of Rome. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, and much of the structure to 1140-43. The church has large areas of important mosaics from the late 13th century. The inscription on the episcopal throne states that this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus. The Romanesque campanile is from the 12th century. Near the top, a niche protects a mosaic of the Madonna and Child. The mosaics on the façade are believed to be from the 12th century. The inscription on the episcopal throne states that this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus basilica plan and stands on the earlier foundations. The 22 granite columns with Ionic and Corinthian capitals that separate the nave from the aisles came from the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. The fifth chapel to the left is the famous Avila Chapel.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    07:30 - 21:00

  • Tue

    07:30 - 21:00

  • Wed

    07:30 - 21:00

  • Thu

    07:30 - 21:00

  • Fri

    07:30 - 21:00

  • Sat

    07:30 - 21:00

  • Sun

    07:30 - 21:00

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  • Tom Seinstra

    - 29 August 2018 -

    Beautiful, ornate, intimate. While the St Peter’s basilica has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, this church still breathes the atmosphere of an actual church. It’s ornate ceilings will draw your eye and capture your gaze. A definite must see

  • Blaec von Kalweit

    - 27 August 2018 -

    The 12th century mosaics are worth checking out. Beautiful artistry. The floor patterns, ceiling, and stained glass above the entrance are beautiful. You can also join a nightly moment of silence/prayer from 8:30-9pm.

  • Rie Kanaya

    - 09 July 2018 -

    I was so excited to visit one of only church which Jesus introducing Virgin Mary. When I arrived there, the gate was still open. So I decided to take a picture of this building from outside. Once I was ready to go in I realized that the guard was telling me to come back later. I was wondering why until I saw a paper which says "break time". Not to mention, the break time were 2 hours long. There was not much to see in this small town other than the Piazza Di Santa Maria. Of course, you can stop by one of cafe or restaurant until Basilisk is open again. Unfortunately I didn't had a time to go back. But I would definitely recommend people to take a visit to this unique Basilisk and don't forget to bring your camera with you!! I think you can spend at least 30 min to observe the basilisk because it was small. (Based on what I wrote on TripAdvisor)

  • Leah Hubert

    - 01 July 2018 -

    Great little chapel to visit! Definitely make sure you dress appropriately, it is considered very rude to enter without having your shoulders and knees covered, no matter how hot it is outside. Don't be those rude tourists, its a beautiful basilica they're letting you visit, so respect their rules!

  • Jean-Francois Yonet

    - 25 June 2018 -

    The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches in Rome. The floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340 AD while most of it was built in the first half of the 12th century. From the outside, it looks just like any other slightly aged Roman church, but as soon as visitors step inside they come face to face with the breathtaking beauty of the large 13th century mosaic covering the walls and ceilings of the church, making it a truly unmissable sight.

  • Attila Tényi

    - 23 June 2018 -

    Beautiful church on a nice sqare. There are many paintings and frescoes inside. Trastevere has a good and interesting atmosphere. I like these streets.

  • Holden Benjamin

    - 21 June 2018 -

    Love this spot! Not super touristy and kind of tucked away in the very picturesque Trastevere neighborhood. Lovely!

  • Nicholas Lee

    - 18 June 2018 -

    A church that’s for local people. You won’t see lots of tourists hanging around. You will see local sitting at the piazza in front of the church and there are some performers performing their best to the audience

  • Mat Kay

    - 28 April 2018 -

    Gorgeous church filled with exquisite mosaics and icons in a more Byzantine rather than Roman Catholic style. Half a black Madonna icon and some magnificent paintings. Well worth visiting, and the night life in the area is great too. Lots of hawkers and handicrafts sellers in the area. Tip: you can haggle with them for up to half price.

  • Michael Todd

    - 11 April 2018 -

    One of the more underrated attractions in Roma. The architecture is stunning and the church itself has a lot of very interesting stories and history surrounding it. The aura is there. My favourite church in all of Italy.

  • Daniel Grayson

    - 20 May 2018 -

    Just when you think you’ve seen enough beautiful churches, you see another one and realize you were wrong.

  • Juljan Desmet

    - 04 April 2018 -

    Wonderful church. A little gem and a must see in Rome!

  • Miloš

    - 24 February 2018 -

    Absolutely impressive interior

  • Julia Kryvomaz

    - 14 January 2018 -

    Must see if you are passing by. Very beautiful inside

  • Andrew Valevsky

    - 03 January 2018 -

    Дуже милий олдскульний район. Гуляти, їсти, пити. Ну і тут відчувається дух старого італійського Риму.

  • Elliot Lee

    - 17 October 2017 -

    Under renovation. The first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

  • Louise de Paus

    - 22 December 2016 -

    Schitterende kerk in Trastevere

  • funky flavor

    - 08 September 2016 -

    Good little square with some bars and cafes. Various artists play for tips.

  • Erman A.

    - 02 August 2016 -

    Tarih... :-)

  • Tanya

    - 09 May 2016 -

    Одна из самых прекрасных церквей. Производит неизгладимое впечатление. Приходите вечером, когда подсвечен только мозаичный алтарь и отблески попадают на резной потолок. Это невероятно красиво.

Santa Maria in Trastevere tours

Small-Group Tour of Rome by Minivan and on Foot with Italian Coffee

See the sights of Rome on a 3-hour small-group sightseeing tour by minivan. After pickup from your hotel, pass the Eternal City's top attractions and explore the ancient Trastevere quarter on foot. To get the authentic Italian experience, the tour will also include a coffee/cappuccino break and a...

Rome Trastevere Segway Tour

Discover Rome´s timeless beauty in a fun, entertaining and effortless manner with this 3.5-hour small-group tour on a Segway. Enjoy gliding through millennia of history and get a glimpse of what ancient Roman life was like. This small-group tour (no more than 6 participants) offers a perfect...

The Heart of Rome and its Treasures: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

This 6-hour walking city tour in a small group max 12 people, visits the the heart of Rome, two of the most iconic districts of Rome, Trastevere and the old Jewish ghettowith its beautiful treasures. Start from Piazza Trilussa and continue on to the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the...

St. Stephen's Day and Boxing Day Tour and Dinner in Rome

Boxing Day is a traditionally secular holiday celebrated on 26 December, the day after Christmas. This date is also called St. Stephen's Day, a religious holiday. No matter how you feel about it, just get on board of one of our buses and enjoy a relaxing panoramic tour of Rome by night. Sit back...

Rome Trastevere: Walking Tour with Tour Leader and Lunch

Discover the historic center’s backstreets that most tourists do not even know exist. See the Jewish Ghetto, Travestere, and many more. An expert official gude and packed lunch included.


MIN 4 MAX 8 PAX - ENGLISH ONLY A walk in one of the most fascinating quarters of Rome, with its narrow and charming streets, full of artisan shops and kosher restaurants. Then a visit of the Synagogue and the Museum

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