Santa Maria della Vittoria

#7 in Best Things To Do in Rome
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Key Info

Via Venti Settembre, 17

Price & Hours

Free
8:30 a.m.-noon; 3:30-6 p.m. daily

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

This featured chapel from Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons" is now heavily trafficked by Robert Langdon wannabes. But baroque art fans might want to brave the crowds for a look at Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Cornaro Chapel, which features the Ecstasy of St. Teresa statue.

Recent visitors can't stop gushing about Santa Maria della Vittoria. Many said the church is nothing short of stunning, noting that the detail of Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa is truly incredible. However, travelers also noted that the church is relatively small compared to some of the city's other masterpieces, so prepare for a tight space during peak tourist season (summer).

You can find this church less than a mile west of the Barberini metro stop. This active church is open daily but closes for lunch before reopening in the late afternoon (around 3:30 p.m.).

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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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