Having had a delicious meal in the Trastavere area of Rome one evening, we continued our meandering around the narrow cobbled streets and alleys and came upon a small piazza (these piazzas are everywhere!) where there were some street performers. As we watched one of the performers, we noticed quite a few people coming out of a building in the corner opposite us and decided to go and see what was going on. It turned out to be a church and the people were leaving at the end of a service. We wandered in, as a few others seemed to be doing, and were rewarded with the sight of the most beautiful, ornate ceilings.
The church was still full of people chatting after the service, so it wasn’t possible to stand in a position to photograph the whole of the magnificent interior, but you can imagine from this small sample what it was like.
It wasn’t until we got back to our hotel, and I was looking at our Rome guide book, that we discovered that the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastavere is one of the Top Ten ‘must see’ sights in Rome – I can see why. The present building dates from the 12th century, but historians believe that there has been a church on this site from as early as 350 AD.