Santa Maria in Trastevere

I was sitting in front of Santa Maria in Trastevere recently to finish my Fior di Luna gelato con calma.

Santa Maria Trastevere church

It’s seriously not the worst.

Rome church exterior

From its cosmati floors:

cosmati floors

To the tip-top of its burnished gold altar.

Santa Maria Trastevere in Rome

I wanted to revisit the church after reading a short story about a woman’s love affair with a statue in Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome Tales (City Tales) (one of the best books about Rome).

Rome church fresco

I couldn’t find the statue, but there was plenty to marvel at.

Trastevere church

It’s been too long since I stopped by Trastevere’s lovely church.

I usually spend my time walking through Trastevere’s streets rather than exploring its interiors.

Santa Maria di Trastevere

Which is not quuuuuuite as over the top as the Ara Coeli, but sparkles with its own grandeur.

Santa Maria Trastevere

Even the entry way is dotted with bits of Roman history.

Trastevere church

Just make sure you finish that gelato before you walk inside.

no ice cream in church

No wine allowed either, but thanks for asking.

Santa Maria in Trastevere
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere
00153 Roma, Italy (Trastevere)

Open: Everyday from 7:30 am to 9 pm.


5 thoughts on “Santa Maria in Trastevere

  1. Rachel says:

    Gorgeous photos. I love Santa Maria in Trastevere.
    That piazza itself is definitely one of those places that makes you think “Wow, I can’t believe I’m here.”

  2. Maria says:

    Can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone in and still look up and down as though it’s the first time I’ve seen that cosmati floor or mosaic ceiling. Love your stunning capture of it! ❤️

  3. Vikki Cook says:

    We just got back from Rome yesterday and I am HEARTBROKEN. We left 33 degrees C temperatures, the most incredible food I’ve ever tasted, beautiful architecture and friendly, hospitable society, and returned to cold, rainy Bournemouth in England. We stayed a 5-minute walk from Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere and I adored it. I adored the church itself, the fountain, the fantastically uneven cobblestones (present around most of Rome) and the night life. Every night, from just before 8pm, there are musicians, spray-paint artists, fire-dancers, singers and market stalls, all entertaining and selling to the masses. It’s vibrant and chaotic and a beautiful place to take your passagiata after a great dinner (we frequented Mama! Eat on Via San Cosimato). I miss everything about Rome and I haven’t even been home for 24 hours!!

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