Rome Sights

San Francesco a Ripa

  • Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi 88 Map It
  • Trastevere
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 04/25/2016

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In a quiet part of Trastevere, south of Viale di Trastevere, this church's dedication refers to the fact that St. Francis of Assisi stayed here during his visits to Rome. The medieval church was rebuilt in the 17th century and houses one of Bernini's last works, a statue of the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni. This is perhaps Bernini's most hallucinatory sculpture, a dramatically lighted figure ecstatic at the prospect of entering heaven as she expires on her deathbed. She clutches her breast as a symbol, art historians say, of the "milk of human kindness" and Christian caritas (charity). Gracing the altar is Baciccia's Madonna and St. Anne. The cell in which St Francis is said to have stayed (Il Santuario di San Francesco) is often visitable. Fans of Giorgio de Chirico can ask to visit his tomb in a chapel that contains three paintings by the proto-Surrealist.

Sight Information

Address:

Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi 88, Rome, Latium, 00153, Italy

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Phone:

06-5819020

Sight Details:

  • Daily 8–1 and 2–7:30

Published 04/25/2016

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