Tiber Island and Trastevere Walk
The Tiber Island was crucial to the development of Rome. The island served as a traversable point on the Tiber River, allowing for the future city to develop as a place of trade and commerce. Today the Tiber Island hosts the Fatebenefratelli Hospital and the church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola, and serves as a pedestrian entry into Trastevere, one of Rome’s most unique and famed neighborhoods.
In ancient Rome, Trastevere was a foreigners quarter, a place where during the the Republican and Imperial periods those without roman citizenship lived. Trastevere had a large in vibrant Jewish community during antiquity and, along with Monti, was a seedbed for early Christian converts. Today Trastevere is known its churches, its old-world feel, and its distinctive culture.
On this excursion you will visit:
San Bartolomeo all'Isola
The high altar of this church possesses the remains of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, also known as St. Nathaniel. The Sant’Egidio community administrates the church and has set up shrines to contemporary martyrs in the side altars. These shrines possess reliquaries and short testimonies of the witness unto death of modern day Christians.
San Benedetto a Piscincula
This is a small but fascinating church built at the site where St Benedict of Norcia stayed during his time as a student in Rome. A small oratory houses St. Benedict’s cell.
Santa Cecilia’s church takes its name after the third century martyr. The church houses her remains, as well as an impressive reclining statue of the Saint by Stefano Maderno, and a mosaic from the time of Pope Pascal I. You will learn about the life of Santa Cecilia and why she is the patron saint of music and musicians.
San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa
It isn’t clear on exactly how many occasions St. Francis visited Rome, but by 1223 St. Francis and his followers made this church, formally dedicated to St. Blaise, the base of their operations in the Eternal City. With permission of the sacristan, pilgrims can see the room where St. Francis slept when he stayed at this church.
Palazzo San Callisto
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Palazzo San Callisto is an extraterritorial property of the Holy See. It houses the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Pontifical Council for the Family, Caritas Internationalis, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the offices for International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, as well as and a number of other Catholic organizations that are part of or directly linked to the Holy See.
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Santa Maria in Trastevere is the neighborhood’s most renowned church. It dates to the third century in its origins. Pilgrims and tourists alike acclaim the church for its mosaics that date to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Beneath the high altar are the relics of Sts. Callistus, Cornelius, Julius, and Calepodius.
The church is dedicated to St. Chrysogonus, Roman military officer, martyred about 304 near Aquileia in northern Italy. St. Chrysogonus was one of many Christians martyred during the persecution of Diocletian, who was emperor from 284 to 305 AD. Aside from relics of St. Chrysogonus, the church houses the remains of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi , an important mystic. She is a patron of housewives, in particular, those enduring verbal abuse by their husbands.
This excursion is available Monday to Saturday starting at 9 a.m. or 4 p.m.
This excursions lasts 2 to 3 hours.
The entire excursion is done on foot.
Urbs Sacra is an apostolate and not a tour company or travel agency. Instead of charging a specific price for an excursion, Urbs Sacra requests a donation from participants and offers a suggested scale for donations. Some people give more than the suggested scale and some give less than the suggested scale. What you offer is up to you. We do not want anyone to be turned away because of budgetary constraints or limited means. Likewise, those who feel compelled to give generously certainly are welcome to do so.
Suggested Donation for the excursion:
1 - 2 people suggested donation: 175 to 225 Euro
3 - 4 people suggested donation: 200 to 250 Euro
5 - 6 people suggested donation: 225 to 275 Euro
7 - 8 people suggested donation: 275 to 325 Euro
Please inquire for larger groups.