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Santa Maria del Popolo

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Santa Maria del Popolo.

Santa Maria del Popolo features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Rome City Guide5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Perfect example of Roman art
  • Houses great artworks of Renaissance masters

Time required: 20 minutes

Phone: +39 06 3610836

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Monday - Saturday: 7am - 12noon, 4pm - 7pm
Sunday: 7:30am - 1:30pm, 4:30pm - 7:30pm


Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Metro Line A: Flaminio station

Address: Piazza del Popolo 12, Rome

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: Isakini

Things you need to know:

  • Santa Maria del Popolo is an Augustinian church in Rome
  • First a chapel was erected here in 1099 by Pope Paschal II
  • According to tradition, the site was haunted by Nero's ghost in the form of black crows; therefore the pope felled down the tree sheltering the crows and built the chapel in its place
  • In the 15th century the chapel was turned into a Renaissance church, and later updated to Baroque style
  • Santa Maria del Popolo is a perfect primer to Roman art and architecture
  • The church features artworks of Early and High Renaissance and Baroque masters such as Pinturicchio, Bramante, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini

What to do there:

  • Discover the church from the inside
  • Do not miss the famous masterpieces of Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini in the low-ceilinged interior

Santa Maria del Popolo features in these preplanned City Guides: