In Rome, wherever you turn you’ll find a church. Whether it’s because of the Vatican State around the corner, or because of the long Catholic history of the city, Rome has quite a lot churches to go visiting.
We visited them all and picked for you the top ones. Of course, looking at pictures is not enough, you actually gotta visit them and only then you’ll understand why we chose these ones.
1. Saint Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s is one of the two largest churches in the world. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites, in fact by Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome.
It It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. Since the 7th century, it has been in continuous use. It has a great a central opening (oculus) to the sky!
3. The Basilica of Santa del Popolo
It stands in Piazza del Popolo, it is one of the first Renaissance churches in Rome.
4. The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
It is one of the oldest churches of Rome and believed to be the first church in Rome dedicated to the Virgen Mary. The church is famous for a Byzantine mosaic behind the altar.
It is one of the seven pilgrimage churches in the Eternal City and it’s well-known for its collection of relics from the Holy Land.
7. San Giovanni Laterano
It is the first church of the popes and the first Christian church ever built in Rome.
8. San Clemente
This church is located near the Colosseum and it has its layers of archaeological excavations illustrating Rome’s interesting history.