Medieval Rome

The Velabro and the Ghetto

The Roman landscape is dominated by the remains of ancient Rome but its medieval vestiges are equally impressive, with towers, houses, churches and campaniles, remains of ancient castles.

  • Maria in Cosmedin (Bocca della Verità)
  • Giorgio al Velabro
  • Casa dei Crescenzi (exterior)
  • The Jewish Ghetto
  • Isola Tiberina

Art and Spirituality

A walk on the Caelian Hill, once covered with oaks, where the Church built magnificent temples in the Middle Ages, as well as convents and hospices, using the ancient pagan remains as foundations.

  • Basilica of  Clemente (lower basilica and temple to Mithras)
  • Quattro Coronati
  • Stefano Rotondo
  • Maria in Domnica

The Revolution of the Image

A visit to some of the most notable medieval churches in the Suburra, the lower-class area of ancient Rome.  Its attraction is explained by some of the oldest examples of Christian art in Rome, including Byzantine mosaics, splendid frescoes and fine bas-reliefs.

  • Prassede
  • Basilica of S. M. Maggiore
  • Prudenziana

Medieval Trastevere

Trastevere is a district that still maintains its ancient character thanks to its narrow winding streets paved with sanpietrini, overlooked by medieval plebeian dwellings. Christianity started to spread into the city from here.

  • Maria in Trastevere
  • Crisogno
  • Cecilia in Trastevere
  • Francesco a Ripa
  • Secret alleys and corners

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