Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

The most famous church in Trastevere is by far the Basilica di Santa Maria.  Santa Maria is beautiful, but my favorite is Santa Cecilia:

On my way to dinner once, I wandered past Santa Cecilia just as the bells were ringing.  They stopped me in my tracks, and I joined a small crowded that had gathered by the fountain to listen.  I knew then that I would have to go back when the church was open.

When I returned, I found out one of the best kept secrets in Trastevere.  Under Santa Cecilia in an extensive crypt:

And man, is it creepy.

But it is also incredibly gorgeous- with underground rooms covered in elaborate mosaics:

The crypts are open daily from 9:30 am -12:30 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm

Admission is 2.50 Euro, and you’ll probably have the place to yourself.

You can enter the church for free during the same hours.

And from the interior, you can look into the crypt from special holes in the floor.

But my favorite thing about Santa Cecilia? It’s right next to Roma Sparita, which serves the best Cacio e Pepe in Rome.

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
Piazza Santa Cecilia, 2,
Rome, Italy

3 thoughts on “Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

  1. Emily says:

    If you knock on the door to the convent next door, they will let you up in the choir loft to see the Pietro Cavallini frescoes. Costs a little more, but totally worth it!

  2. Ron says:

    Thank you, Madam !
    Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. It is written that as the musicians played at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord”. So in her church in Trastevre threre was always the best church music.
    ” I have heard an excellent kind of musical accompaniment. Just as there are concerts of violins, or of other instruments, so here they had concerts of voices; so that one voice—the soprano, for instance—predominates, and sings solo, while from time to time the chorus of other voices falls in, and accompanies it, always, of course, with the whole orchestra. It has a good effect ” (Goethe, 1786)

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