On a brief sojourn to Roma Tre, as aforementioned, I was advised by my dear friend Ginebri to visit Santa Cecilia. I wasn’t prepared for just how spectacular this secluded church would be.
Splendid marble adorns every wall. The altar is made of the most glorious gold. The concave mosaic behind the altar marks the original spot of the first 3rd century church. It is said that Santa Cecilia in Trastevere was built over the home of the saint herself.
Here is a closer look at the mosaic and the altar. The church was restored in 822 to its current position. Look closely underneath it. You’ll see a sculpture quite unique in style. It reminded me fondly of the Veiled Christ in Museo Capella Sansevero in Naples. I saw a miniature version of my favourite sculpture from the Capella in the Royal Palace in Madrid during a temporary exhibition. Well worth a visit to all three linked cities and monuments.
After you have enjoyed a thorough walk through the church, take a look downstairs. It costs some two euros but it is worth it. St. Cecilia is buried there. Pope Paschal I spared no expense.
The magnificent tomb of St Cecilia is ominous to behold. Buried there are the remains of several other saints. Take some time to walk around the foundations of this church to end in the crescendo that is the tomb.
Above the church are some ancient Calvani frescoes. I suggest you go early in the morning to see them before they close around midday.
While you’re there, why not walk a few steps further and eat a meal in Supplí? You won’t be disappointed!