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Church of Santa Cecilia: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

1. Rome: Trastevere & Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Explore the Trastevere neighborhood and Rome's Jewish ghetto on a walking tour. Experience the medieval Trastevere neighborhood and learn about the history of Rome's Jews. Start your tour in Trastevere, once home to wealthy Etruscans. Visit some of Rome’s most important churches, including Santa Cecilia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and San Francesco a Ripa. Continue to the Jewish ghetto to learn about the Jewish history of Rome. See the former walled quarter, walk past Jewish-owned businesses, visit kosher restaurants, and listen to stories about the Synagogue of Rome.  See the Porticus Octavia, one of the most recognized landmarks in the ghetto, which stands right in the middle of Piazza Mattei, and also visit the Ponte Rotto, the oldest stone bridge in all of Rome.

Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

2. Rome: Underground Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide near the beautiful Tiber River, then travel back in time as you explore the picturesque streets of Trastevere. Head to the medieval Basilica of Saint Crisogono, which boasts an impressive interior. Next, go underground and find yourself in 4th century Rome. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this underground basilica, admiring its ancient frescoes and mysterious crypts. Head to the Church of Santa Cecilia next, and find its 3rd century mosaic flooring underground. Learn about the legendary Santa Cecilia, as well as her macabre death. Arrive at the Cavallini Room next, and marvel at the Last Judgement masterpiece (morning tours only). End the tour in the heart of Trastevere, in front of the golden mosaics of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome.

Trastevere: Segway Tour (private)

3. Trastevere: Segway Tour (private)

There’s a lot to see in Trastevere and there are several different Segway Express tours for you to choose from. These 2-hour guided rides are operated daily and led by a multi-lingual tour leader who’ll show you around. This popular Roman neighborhood is located on the Tiber’s west bank, south of the Vatican. The area’s cobbled streets, medieval houses, and unique character continue to draw artists, celebrities, and expatriates to live and play here. After a short but intense training session with an authorized instructor, you’ll be taken along Trastevere’s narrow streets to see the main attractions, including some of the most beautiful squares and fountains in Rome. The tour is short, fun, and designed to leave you with pleasant memories of your time in Rome. You can choose from the following itineraries for your Trastevere Express tour: • From Santa Maria in Trastevere to Santa Cecilia and return • Up Gianicolo Hill to the Bramante masterpiece and a panoramic view of Rome • Piazza Trilussa, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona and return • The Jewish Ghetto and Teatro Marcello

Rome: Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

4. Rome: Trastevere Guided Walking Tour

Get a little closer to the history, legends, and folklore of Tiber Island and one of Rome's most significant neighborhoods, Trastevere. Follow your guide through the hidden squares, gems, and monuments while learning about the sacred stories and legends of Romans passed. Meet your guide at Fabrico Bridge and begin the walk to the only island in the Eternal city. Cross over the oldest Roman bridge still in use that connects the left bank of Tiber River with the island. Travel back in time and retrace the steps of the Greeks and Romans. Once on the island, learn of how it was originally formed by volcanic rock and river sediment that accumulated over many millennia. Admire the island's ship-like shape and discover the stories about the smallest inhabited island in the world. Continue on to Rome's prettiest neighborhood, Trastevere. As you walk, come across the Basilica of San Crisogono, one of the oldest Roman Basilicas. Take the time to admire it without the presence of many tourists and prepare to be enchanted by the frescoes. Once at the Piazza di Santa Maria, discover the first official place of Christian worship in Rome and the beautiful Basilica with artistic treasures and masterpieces to explore. Wander the crooked streets and romantic alleys and reach the Piazza San Cosimato. Admire its homonymous church dating back to the 10th century from the outside and reach the Baroque Church of San Francesco a Ripa. Finish the tour passing by the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, and head back to Tiber Island.

Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

5. Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

Wander through the picturesque cobblestone streets of Rome's Trastevere neighborhood and admire the centuries-old gold mosaics in the Basilica of Santa Maria on this 3.5-hour private walking tour.  Meet your local guide outside the Villa Farnesina and admire the extensive fresco decorations by artists such as Raphael, whose lover was said to have lived in this district. Continue on to the Basilica of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome, and the nearby Church of Santa Cecilia, known for its elaborate crypt and a magnificent Baroque-era sculpture of the saint. Walk past the pizzerias and lively restaurants that have made this neighborhood so famous and learn about this area's role in the city's history.

Rome: Trastevere Roman Street Food Tour

6. Rome: Trastevere Roman Street Food Tour

Join this tour for a nice stroll around the Trastevere district and get a better understanding of how a typical Roman aperitivo looks and tastes. Admire the 5th-century mosaics that decorate the interiors of the Basilica dedicated to Santa Cecilia. Discover the narrow alleys that characterize the Trastevere district. Visit the Antica Caciara, where you will have the chance to taste delicious homemade mozzarella. Taste Roman porchetta at the Antica Norcineria Iacozzilli and stop at Venanzio, the first supplì shop in Rome.       Last but not least, visit the Cantina di Spirito, an underground wine cellar. With the help of a professional sommelier, taste a selection of local wines. Stop in front of the marvelous Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and end the tour in Piazza Trilussa.

Rome: Hidden Trastevere and Villa Farnesina Private Tour

7. Rome: Hidden Trastevere and Villa Farnesina Private Tour

Begin your Hidden Trastevere tour at the Papal Pharmacy After arriving in Trastevere, we’ll make our way to the the medieval pharmacy of Santa Maria della Scala. This pharmacy started producing medicine for the papal court in the 16th century; the friars who lived adjacent cultivating and blending plants and spices to create remedies. Today, Santa Maria della Scala is seldom visited except by those local to the area, making it one of Trastevere’s last truly hidden gems. Visit the beautiful church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere The Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere houses some of the most beautiful Baroque sculptures anywhere in Rome. Its most famous example is Stefano Maderno’s Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia. But there is a wealth of other Renaissance and Baroque art to discover, which your professional guide will walk you through. Discover the Raphael Frescoes at Villa Farnesina Many people have heard of Trastevere, but few have heard of its most prized treasure: Villa Farnesina. This sixteenth century palace is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Among its collection are frescoes by Raphael, which rival his artworks in the Vatican’s Raphael Rooms, and scenes of the life and times of Alexander the Great painted by Il Sodoma. Villa Farnesina was once a private home. Fortunately, its doors are now open for you to come and explore. Your guide can recommend an authentic wine bar or restaurant Trastevere is home to some of Rome’s finest food. We seek out the best of it on our Trastevere food tour. But after a day indulging on Renaissance art, you might not have the energy to explore Trastevere’s culinary hideouts. That’s why our expert local guide will be more than happy to recommend you a restaurant or trattoria where you can relax and wind down after a day of sightseeing.

Rome: Isola Tiberina 3-Hour Tour with Hotel Pickup

8. Rome: Isola Tiberina 3-Hour Tour with Hotel Pickup

Learn about the Tiber River and how it helped shape the Italy of today. Travel back to the time of the Greeks and the Romans and learn what events took place on this small strip of land. The tour starts with hotel pickup from your accommodation in Rome. With the experienced guide, stroll through Rome's most peculiar neighborhood, Trastevere, and cross one of the two bridges connecting Isola Tiberina to the Eternal City. Stroll around the island and visit the inside of the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all'Isola. Admire its architecture and hear about its unique history. Take pictures in the Piazzas (plazas) and admire the centuries-old facades of some of the island's oldest buildings. Hear the story of Santa Cecilia, a martyr and patron saint of musicians, while touring the Basilica in her name. Admire her statue and visit the crypt, all the while marveling at the relics and learning about the Mannerism-Baroque style.

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What people are saying about Church of Santa Cecilia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 124 reviews

Our guide Doni was both informative and enthusiastic, bringing to life the areas and sights we came across on the tour, greatly improving our experience and creating lasting memories over and beyond what my partner and I could've ever done on our own. He had an eye for detail, an undoubted passion for his subjects and combined it with great incisive knowledge and energy to leave us wanting more by the end. We almost felt that we'd been transported via a time machine to times past. Thoroughly recommend to all.

It was our first guided tour on the first day in Rome. Veronica showed us what is essential and what is hidden in both quarters. Very impressive: Chiesa St. Maria Trastevere. In between there was also a snack...

Great tour with our very nice and very competent guide! Very interesting, very varied! Everything is fine and highly recommended.

Guide (Donnie sp?) was most passionate and very knowledgeable and made the streets come alive

The guide Jose was excellent! We enjoyed the walk.