Organizing your marriage is not easy, you find yourself browsing through many choices to make, simple or difficult, each of them could be perceived as important or even fundamental, but certainly few will have the same importance of choosing the church. In a city like Rome you have at your disposal a vast number of sacred places suitable for religious rites, and according to our experience we would like to provide you with some ideas to help you in your arduous task.
What we provide is not really a classification, since each place indicated preserves its own non-catalogable beauty, it is rather a guide that we hope will stimulate and facilitate your choice. Rome is the city with more churches in the world, there are more than 900 and with their history testify the artistic-social and religious evolution of the capital.
After the initial period of tolerance persecutions followed, it was the emperor Constantine during the third century to regularize their presence allowing Christians to have their own places of worship. Rome sees the presence of four papal or patriarchal basilicas, so defined as they enjoy the highest rank within the Roman Catholic Church, they are the Basilica of San Pietro, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Basilica of S. Pietro outside the walls and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. For a long time pilgrims visiting Rome were obliged to visit the Seven Churches, which could be done on foot for a whole day. In the 16th century San Filippo Neri revitalized the tradition by indicating the churches to visit: the four Patriarchal Basilicas, the Basilica of San Lorenzo outside the walls, the basilica of S. Croce in Gerusalemme near the Laterano where according to tradition there were relics of the cross and the Basilica of San Sebastiano outside the walls, on the Via Appia Antica.
Basilica of Sant’Alessio to Aventino
Located in the Ripa district, not far from the Basilica of Santa Sabina and the Giardino degli Aranci, it has an uncertain foundation date that fluctuates between the 3rd and 4th centuries. During its history it has been the subject of numerous restorations and today presents itself as an evocative collection of different architectural styles.
The bell tower is in Romanesque style, the medieval portico, the sixteenth-century façade, the Renaissance interior with baroque influences, and is divided into three naves.
In the left aisle there is a well that is believed to be that of the house of Sant’Alessio and, protected by a glass case supported by winged cherubs, there is a wooden staircase under which he would sleep for years. In the Romanesque crypt of the church are keep the relics of St. Thomas of Canterbury.
The portico outside the church allows greater intimacy during the exit of the couple, precluding access to any curious tourists, is also large enough to be able to park a small number of cars, resulting in help if there were guests with motor difficulties. Even the same car chosen by the couple can easily enter the portico facilitating the exit from the church at the end of the ceremony.
No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. It is necessary to book one year in advance of the wedding date. Info tel +39 06 5743446 – Basilica of Sant ‘Alessio all’Aventino.
Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Located on the Campidoglio hill, it is believed to have been built on the ruins of the temple of Juno during the 6th century. Church with a majestic interior, is divided into three naves by a series of heterogeneous columns, each with a different style and sees the presence of round arches and a coffered ceiling dating back to the sixteenth century.
The interior looks magnificently embellished with numerous chandeliers, decorations, sculptural elements and frescoes, it also houses the famous “Holy Child” wooden sculpture depicting Jesus who according to tradition is endowed with miraculous powers. Outside it has the famous 124 steps staircase, built in the middle of the fourteenth century as a thanksgiving for the end of the plague, which allows at the end of the climb to admire from above an excellent glimpse of the panorama offered by the city of Rome.
The church is located in a restricted traffic area, but is allowed to enter the Capitoline Hill to 4 cars, including the groom, through ZTL pass. The bride must necessarily enter through the main entrance, or climbing the long external staircase.
It is necessary to book one year in advance of the wedding date by going to the church on the first day of the month. Telephone: 06 6976 3839 – Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli.
Mausoleum of Santa Costanza
Built between 340 and 345 at the behest of Constantine, daughter of the homonymous emperor, as his mausoleum, taking the name of Santa Costanza at the time of the beatification of the latter. Located on Via Nomentana, it has a central plan with a circular space with a dome, supported by twelve pairs of columns and illuminated by twelve windows in the upper part. This type of structure creates numerous light contrasts that vary from twilight to shade depending on the different position with respect to the space. Originally it presented numerous mosaics, most of which did not arrive today, the only ones left on the vault above the ambulatory.
It is possible to book the church starting from 365 days from the date of the wedding, to do so it is necessary to go personally to the secretariat, so it is advised to request telephone information to avoid empty trips. No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the Mausoleum by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. It is possible to park up to 6 cars inside the pitch, and it is advisable to indicate the number of those who can do so, to avoid that some guests take the place reserved for parents or relatives with mobility difficulties. Telephone: +39 06 86205456 – Mausoleum of Santa Costanza.
San Lorenzo in Lucina
The basilica is located in the Rione Colonna, not far from Palazzo Montecitorio. According to tradition, it was built in the fourth century on the residence of the homonymous Roman matron. The domus was consecrated as an official place of worship in the year 440 by Pope Sixtus III. The basilica, which originally appeared in its interior with three naves, today has a single nave with four chapels on each side leading to the main altar, on which there is the painting of the Crucifix by Guido Reni . Its composition today is given to propose to the faithful a spiritual theological path.
The church is inside the ZTL of the Rione Colonna, it is necessary to ask the municipality of Rome for a temporary permit for access to the center. Info Tel: +39 06 6871494 wikipedia site San Lorenzo in Lucina.
This is the video of Chloe and Ben who got married in this Basilica:
Church of Sant’Antonio dei Portoghesi
Located in the heart of the Campo Marzio district, it is the national church of the Portuguese community in Rome.
The church was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1638 entrusting the work to Martino Longhi the Younger to which Carlo Rainaldi took over and in 1674 built the dome. The facade of the church, by Martino Longhi (1636-38), has two orders. On the lower floor there are three portals: the central one is dominated by a triangular tympanum enclosing a winged marble angel surrounded by festoons. The upper level is dominated by a large window and the Braganza coat of arms, an ancient Portuguese family that helped the church financially. The facade is completed by two figures of seated angels. The interior is rich in polychrome marbles and has a Latin cross plan. At the sides there are six chapels with sculptures and paintings including a table with images of the Madonna and Saint Anthony, by Antoniazzo Romano (1435-1509).
This is the Teaser of Maria Vittoria Paolillo and Federico:
San Giorgio in Velabro
Located in the historic center of Rome, a short distance from the Circus Maximus, since its foundation in the sixth century has experienced a troubled history, which led her to fall into disrepair and then be restored several times, until the last restoration of 1800 The exterior of the church, with the arcade rebuilt in 1993 following a mafia-style attack, has a gabled façade with two Ionic columns, the asymmetric interior has a basilica plan with three naves separated by pointed arches. Inside, there is also a fresco that some believe has been realized by Giotto, while on the outside, opportunely fenced, there is the Arco degli Argentari, one of the ancient entrances to the Foro Boario.
It is necessary to book the church from 365 days from the date of the wedding. The church can host up to three weddings divided into different times of the day and it will be necessary to choose the same company for the floral decoration in case there were other couples getting married on the same date.
No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. Info Tel: +39 06 6979 7536 – San Giorgio in Velabro.
San Pietro in Montorio
A church with an uncertain date that stands on the Janiculum, it arrives in the form desired by the restoration of 1472 which completely rebuilt the structure demolishing the former now dilapidated. It has an external tympanum façade with a Gothic rose window and a single-nave interior with three spans with lateral coverage, as well as five chapels on each side, including one designed by Bernini.
Vasari also contributed some frescoes to embellish the interior of this church, rich in decorations with an evocative effect. Mention apart for the temple of Bramante, a splendid example of Renaissance architecture present in the first external courtyard. According to ecclesiastical agreements, the external convent in 1876 passed, and is still property, of the Royal Academy of Spain.
It is necessary to book the church from 365 days from the date of the wedding. No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. In case you want to change the furnishings, the carpet and the velvets, predefined it is necessary to contact their decorator of trust. Info Tel: +39 06 58 13 940 San Pietro in Montorio.
San Giovanni and Paolo al Celio
Located on the Celio hill, it has an origin that dates back to the end of 300. The original church was enriched by the portico and bell tower in the twelfth century, has a typically Romanesque exterior and an interior with three baroque naves divided by columns and pillars. The church is very large, measuring 44 meters in length, embellished by frescoes and has a white coffered ceiling. The numerous chandeliers inside make it one of the most beautiful and spectacular churches in the capital. At its side is the ancient Roman road of Clivio Scauri.
It is necessary to book the church from 365 days from the date of the wedding. No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not part of restricted traffic areas, it also has internal parking lots. info tel. +39 06 7005745 – San Giovanni e Paolo al Celio.
Santi Nereo and Achilleo
Built in the fourth century, it is located in the Celio district, near the Baths of Caracalla. During its history it fell into disuse several times, being rebuilt twice, the last of which on the occasion of the Jubilee of 1475. Outside it has frescoes now faded by time, while the interior, typical of the structure of the basilica sees the three naves divided by pointed columns. The numerous frescoes present date back to the Renaissance period, some portions of porphyry of the ambo were recovered from the Baths of Caracalla, while the ciborium is built with African marble. The main altar still preserves the relics of saints Nereo, Achilleo and Domitilla.
It is necessary to book a year in advance. No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. Info Tel. +39 06 6875289 / +39 392.2038746 Santi Nereo and Achilleo.
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
Look here a wedding video short at Santa Cecilia in Trastevere from Blackandlight Film
A minor basilica built in the 5th century on the site of the house of Santa Cecilia, during its history it was enriched by the portico, the bell tower, the convent and the cloister. The interior is of the basilica type with three naves divided by twelve columns connected by round arches, there is also a fresco by Pietro Cavallini depicting the Last Judgment. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, with the intention of restoring the crypt below the church, a Roman domus of the II century BC was discovered. in which there is the balneum indicated as the site of Cecilia’s martyrdom.
They only receive bookings on the first Saturday of the month. The church is inside the ZTL Trastevere area, it is necessary to request a temporary permit. tel. +39 06 45492739 – Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.
Santa Francesca Romana
Basilica founded in the ninth century, located between the Temple of Venus and the Roman Forum, took the place of an oratory and received the name of Francesca Romana with the translation of its relics occurred in the fifteenth century.
Site chosen for the burial of Pope Gregory XI, houses inside the icon of the Madonna of the sweetness dating back to the fifth century and the Miracle of St. Benedict, eighteenth-century painting by Pierre Subleyras. The basilica has a single-aisle plan with side chapels while the facade in renaissance white marble was designed by Carlo Maderna.
The church can be booked 365 days before the celebration, on the first day of the month.
It is rather intimate and is rarely visited by tourist groups. It is a dimly lit church. Info Tel: +39 06 6795528 – Basilica of Santa Francesca Romana.
San Giovanni a Porta Latina
Church that stands near the Aurelian Walls, was founded around the fifth century. The façade, built in bricks, has a portico with Ionic columns, and on its side it has a tall Romanesque bell tower.
Inside, the plan includes three naves divided by Ionic columns, and the essential style of the decorations is enhanced by the numerous medieval frescoes on the apse and on the side walls. The portico and the aisles have so-called bare columns, recovered from an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Diana.
The drapes and the carpet of the church can not be changed. No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. Info Tel. +39 06 70 47 59 38 – San Giovanni a Porta Latina.
Santa Maria in Domnica at the Navicella
It stands on the top of the Celio hill, in Piazza della Navicella, the first foundation of the church dates back to the fifth century, the attribute in “Domnica” is a reference to belonging to the Lord. It was rebuilt in the ninth century and equipped with mosaics, while the exterior was restored in Renaissance style by Andrea Sansovino in 1513. The interiors, with a basilica plan, with coffered ceiling have the coat of arms of the De’Medici, the three naves are divided by columns from the Roman era, while the large mosaic on the apse depicts in addition to the Madonna on the Throne and to Salvatore among the apostles, also the figures of Moses and Elijah.
It is only possible to book in person. It is not possible to book more than six months in advance. No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. Info tel. +39 06 77 20 26 85 – Domnica alla Navicella.
A minor basilica that stands on the ancient house of Santa Sabina, Roman matron, located on the Aventine hill, sees its foundation around the fifth century. The exterior does not present a real facade, it is incorporated into the internal atrium, and is accessed through a portal preceded by a small portico. Inside the basilica plan with three naves culminates in a frescoed apse, the entire internal structure is a set of Renaissance, medieval and baroque style. Of the original mosaic ceiling remains the wooden structure the only remaining mosaics are inserts on the sides in opus sectile.
The church can be booked one year before the wedding on the first day of the month. It is not equipped with benches, but are provided for the ceremony, if they were not welcome it is possible to organize differently with the florist chosen by the couple. A few steps from the church, the orange garden allows a splendid view of Rome. No special permits (ZTL) are required to reach the basilica by car as it is not in restricted traffic areas. Info Tel +39 06 57 941 – Basilica di Santa Sabina.