Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

#7 in Best Things To Do in Rome
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Key Info

Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco 5

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

If you're a fan of Caravaggio, you'll want to visit the San Luigi dei Francesi. Inside this church in Piazza Navona are three of the baroque artist's works, including the "The Calling of St. Matthew" (one of his most famous paintings), "Saint Matthew and the Angel" and "The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew."

Recent visitors recommend stopping in the church, especially if want to get a glimpse of some of Caravaggio's most famous works. Several reviewers recommended reading up on the works before visiting as there is no information within the church. Travelers also recommend parting with a few coins to feed a meter that briefly illuminates the paintings. When you've had your fill of gazing inside the church, step outside to admire the view of Rome from the church's Franciscan garden, another highlight for past visitors.

There's no cost of admission. The church closes for lunch each day from 12:30 to 3 p.m. On Thursday, the church closes after lunch for the rest of the day. You'll find this church in the Navona neighborhood and less than a mile west of the Barberini metro stop.

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A must-see on many travelers' itineraries, the Trevi Fountain is situated amongst a high concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife. Finished in the mid-1700s, the Trevi is a powerful example of a baroque design with a distinctly mythological character. The god of the sea, Oceanus, emerges from the pool, flanked by his trusty Tritons. The fountain underwent an extensive, mutlimillion euro restoration and reopened in its full splendor in November 2015.

According to Roman lore, throwing one, two or three coins into the Trevi, with your right hand over your left shoulder ensures you'll return to Rome; you'll fall in love with an attractive Roman; and you'll marry that same Roman.

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