San Luigi Dei FrancesiCurrently Closed
- Address: Piazza di San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Roma, Italy, Rome
- Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-06688271
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:45 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
San Luigi Dei Francesi - Review
In a city famous for churches and religious allusions, it is quite difficult to pick out the one’s which are worth visiting. But in all fairness, this 16th century Roman Catholic Church stands out mainly because of the masterful pieces of period art that are on display in the interiors.
Completed in sometime between 1518 and 1589, the church stands till this day as a brilliant testimony to the marvels a few men can achieve. The artistry that can be seen in the walls and ceilings of this church truly puts one through a humbling experience. The ceiling in particular can be compared to some extent in artistry to the works of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
This church is open for visitation by tourists and should be on the must see lists for all first timers in Rome. Visit Italy Itinerary 10 Days for an unforgettable Italy travel experience
How To reach San Luigi Dei Francesi by Public Transport
- 15 minutes walk from Barberini Station, Line A
- Bus no 30, 70, 81, 87, 492, 628, N6, N7, SHOP1
Restaurants Near San Luigi Dei Francesi
- Festo Avieno – Traditional cuisine, local delicacies
- Osteria del Cavaliere – Italian, pizzeria
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Things to Know Before Visiting San Luigi Dei Francesi
24.49% of people who visit Rome include San Luigi Dei Francesi in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
43.18% of people start their San Luigi Dei Francesi visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see San Luigi Dei Francesi
74.93% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Luigi Dei Francesi
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San Luigi Dei Francesi, Rome Reviews
The Caravaggio paintings inside make this church worth a visit. There are many small chapels inside, don’t miss the one toward the front on the left. That’s where the Caravaggio painting are. The Calling of Saint Matthew (the painting on the left wall) is beautiful and important, it’s good to read up on the history and context of these paintings.
Small church with lots of well know painting by caravaggio. I remember studying that in school ;-)
If you’ve never seen a real Caravaggio or if you’re a fan of his work then you’re in for a treat here! Not one but three paintings by Caravaggio, together in one place, in a tiny chapel inside the already artistically impressive church. There are three Caravaggios all about Matthew the disciple, and my favourite one of the three is “The Calling of Matthew”. You don’t have to be an art aficionado to appreciate the skill and vision of this artist and his creations. Located near enough to the Piazza Navona and on the tourist trail from the Pantheon so you should really try visit if you’re in this area. Try to get a guided tour (free!) which are available in a number of languages. Any tips are donated and appreciated. The young people conducting these free tours work part of the summer there and come from different countries. When I visited I met a girl from Romania who spoke excellent English and who was very knowledgable about the church and especially the Caravaggios. NB: This church is sovereign French territory and is also a fully functioning church so endeavour to be respectful of this fact when visiting - it’s a church not a museum - you will be shushed if you’re too loud (you have been warned!) and also prayed for by those present who are praying! Just try to remember it’s not a museum and you’ll be fine!
One of my favourite churches in Rome. It is definitely worth the trip for the three fantastic Caravaggio paintings. Head straight in, you'll find them to the left of the alter depicting St. Matthew. It's also a great opportunity to get out of the hustle and bustle of the centre. Pop in for ten minutes for a moment of calm - it's definitely worth it.
The church might be beautiful, but there are lots of beautiful churches in Rome; it is for the Caravaggios you should put this place on your absolute must-see list. And they are truly remarkable.