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Margaretlb Aug 4th, 2011 10:08 AM

Opening Times for Rome Churches
I just posted the following information in response to someone's query and it occurred to me that I should post a dedicated thread in case anyone is looking for this information. Finding open/close times for churches in Rome is time consuming. The following times were accurate for my trip in April 2011.

San Agostino (8-12, 4-7:30)

San Luigi (8:30-12:30, 3:30-7) cl. Thurs.

Santa Maria della Pace (10-12:30, 4-6)

Sant’Andrea della Valle (7:30-12:30, 4:30-7:30)
Corso del Rinascimento 40

Santa Prassede (7:30-12, 4-6)

Santa Pudenziana (open time is not published but if you visit S. Prassede, walk the three blocks - IMHO, it's worth the detor)

Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monte (9-12, 4-7)
Via del Monti Oppio, 28

San Giovanni in Laterno (7-6:30)
13th c. Cloister (9-6)
San Giovannia Museo/Treasury (9-6)
Santa Scala (6:15-12:00, 3:30-6:30)
Papal Apartment/Museo Storico Vaticano (9:30-12:45)

Catacombe Priscilla (8:30-12:00, 2:30-5:00)

Sant’Agnese fuori Mura (7-12, 4-6)

Santa Costanza (9-12, 4-6)

Santi Cosma e Damiano (8-1, 3-5)

Santa Francesca Romana (9:30-12, 4-7)

Santi Giovanni e Paolo (8:30-12, 3:30-6)
Piazza dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo 13

Santa Maria in Cosmedin (9-8)
Piazza della Bocca della Veritas

Santa Maria della Popolo (7-12, 4-7) (Sun 7:30 – 1:30, 4:30-7:30)

Gesu (7-12:30, 4-7)

Sant’Ignazio (7:30-12:30, 3-7)

Santa Maria sopra Minerva (7-7) (Sun 8-7)

Pantheon (8:30-7:30) (Sun 9-6)

Santa Sabina (7:30-12:30, 3:30-5:30)
Piazza Pietro d’Iliria

Santa Cecelia (9:30-12:30, 4-7)
Piazza Santa Cecelia

San Crisogono (7:30-11, 4:30-7) (Sun 8-1, 4-7)
Piazza Sonnino
Scavi – 5th century church

Santa Maria in Trastevere (7:30-8)

San Francesco a Ripa (may be closed for renovation)

San Carlo (10-1, 3-6)

Sant’Andrea (8:30-12, 4-7)

Santa Maria della Vittoria (6:30-12, 4:30-6)

Santa Susanna (9-12, 4-7) The “American Church” Mass 6pm daily

San Pietro in Vincoli (7-12:30, 3-6)
Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4/

Janetd5 Aug 30th, 2011 11:49 AM

Terrific list! Very helpful for my wanderings in Rome in the near future. Thank you! Janet

Alec Aug 30th, 2011 11:54 AM

Like all things, they are Roman times, so don't be surprised if the church you want to check out is unexpectedly closed or stays open later. Times seem to vary esp around major festivals and holiday periods.

Ackislander Aug 30th, 2011 11:57 AM

Great info, and it may help people not to get surprised by the midday closures, which many do not expect.

StCirq Aug 30th, 2011 11:59 AM

Wonderful list, but IME just about anything in Rome, or anywhere else in Italy, opens and closes when it feels like it.

flanneruk Aug 30th, 2011 12:20 PM

Can this post possibly be accurate?

It's an extraordinary commentary on what passes for religion in Italy that this post implies virtually no churches are open in Rome during lunchtime.

In central London, practically every Catholic church stays open all day, because lunchtime is almost the only convenient time for workers to go to Mass. Anglican (and most other Protestant) churches stay open because that's what churches are there to be.

Presumably, Italy's nominal Catholics lock their churches up because the Roman Taliban who measure women's skirts and bar entry to worshippers not conforming to their (manmade)dress code need a leisurely lunch.

And of course in Italy conforming to dress codes matters far more than worshipping God.

Margaretlb Aug 31st, 2011 08:31 AM

flannetuk, you're just full of negative opinions now aren't you? My list is only including churches that I was personally interested in visiting because of particular art or architecture. It is by no means exhaustive. There were pleanty of churches open through the lunch hours for worshipers. You may be correct about the dress code policy however I think closings are more meant to protect the art and since most of the attendants I saw were volunteers, perhaps they like to have a chance to eat lunch like a Roman.

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