The treasures of one of the most fascinating and mysterious churches: Santa Maria del Popolo
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo stands in Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous and important squares in Rome. Even though it is a smaller Basilica, Santa Maria del Popolo is a work of art from the Baroque period, with works by Caravaggio, Bernini and Raffaello Sanzio. Full of mystery and symbolism, the wonderful chapels of the basilica captured the imagination of author Dan Brown, who chose them to set some scenes of his compelling novel "Angels and Demons".
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is situated in the square of the same name. This name derives from the word "populus", commonly known as Poplar. Legend has it that where the church is currently located, the roots of a poplar tree were embedded, which according to popular legend was the seat of evil spirits. Pope Pasquale II, after an apparition of the Virgin, decided to build a church temple there. The church was founded in the 11th century but only at the end of the 1600s did it take on its present late baroque appearance thanks also to the work of Bernini.
The masterpieces preserved at Santa Maria del Popolo
Santa Maria del Popolo is a kind of small museum thanks to the many priceless masterpieces it contains. Raffaello Sanzio created the beautiful Chingi Chapel under commission from the banker Agostino Chigi and it was intended for his family. The central floor plan chapel is decorated with statues and mosaics. Bernini's works are the choir next to the wonderful statue of Habacuc. Caravaggio, who has a particular legacy in Rome, was the author of two famous paintings still kept in the church today, The Crucifixion of St. Peter and the Conversion of Saul (St. Paul). Pinturicchio also contributed to the decoration of the Basilica with two splendid paintings, the Nativity and the choir vault.
How to buy tickets for Santa Maria del Popolo
Buying tickets to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo with the help of an audio guide is very simple. In fact, you just have to fill in the form on this page and you will have the tickets immediately available as a download.
- Choose the date of the visit;
- Choose the time on the calendar;
- Indicate the number of people specifying whether adults or children;
- Proceed to make the payment through PayPal, credit card or prepaid.
Why choose to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo?
Although access to the basilica is free, it is very useful to visit it with the help of an audio guide that will help you discover all the works of art it contains and decipher the various symbols that the artists have hidden among the chapels of the church. Choosing to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo with the help of an audio guide will allow you to discover the secrets hidden in this place so rich in history and art. Few churches in the world can boast so many masterpieces by such famous artists. The tour of the visit with the help of an audio guide will allow you to discover all the masterpieces kept in the chapels of the Basilica, appreciating each detail and deciphering their symbolism.
Piazza del Popolo
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is in the beautiful Piazza del Popolo, one of the most important squares in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo marks the square next to the twin churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. The fountains and the monumental door complete the decoration of this square, a crossroads for thousands of visitors who come to the historical centre of Rome. Take advantage of the time to stroll around the square and visit the treasures of Santa Maria del Popolo.