Santa Maria della Scala
Santa Maria della Scala
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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The area
Neighbourhood: Trastevere
Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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mog43
Geneva, Switzerland11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
A beautiful and spiritual experience in a delightful part of the city The Chapel dedicated to St Teresa of Avila is special
Written 3 April 2024
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MillerDan
Chicago, Illinois, United States279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
In the midst of the explosion of baroque richness inside this early 17th century church is a calm that encourages quiet contemplation. The Lamb of God over the main altar bathes in heavenly rays that echo the ecstasy of St. Theresa by Bernini in SM della Victoria on the other side of Rome. A side chapel houses the portrait of the Madonna and child, which began the tradition that gives the church its name: A midwife with a dying child in her arms prayed under the stairs of an adjacent house where the image of the Madonna was present, and the child was immediately revived. The name "della scalla" means "the stairway." A cafe typical of Transtevere sits opposite the church in Piazza della Scalla providing excellent breakfast fare.
Written 24 December 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Unfortunately, Chiesa Santa Maria della Scala was closed at the time of my visit and all I could do is look at its beautiful facade. On the bright side, charming little Farmacia Maria della Scala was opened and I bought some very nice cosmetics there. It is really lovely and very atmospheric.
Written 12 January 2023
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dapper777
Monaco32,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This church in the Trastevere district of Rome was strongly desired by Pope Clement VIII and entrusted to the Discalced Carmelites in 1597.
It was built on the spot where there was a small but prodigious icon of the Madonna under a staircase, to which the people of Trastevere attributed numerous miracles, hence the name of S. Maria della Scala.
A first construction of the church and the adjoining convent occurred at the time of the miracles of the little shrine, in 1593, on a project by Francesco Capriani from Volterra at the behest of the Discalced Carmelites (who still run it), but, due to a series of mishaps (including Capriani's death), the works ended only in 1610 by Girolamo Rainaldi.
The façade has two orders of pilasters with Corinthian capitals, connected together by large scrolls.
In a niche above the portal there is a statue of Madonna with Child.
The simple façade contrasts with its interior which has a Latin cross and a single nave with three chapels on each side, richly decorated with polychrome marble and several altars.
There are several works of art such as the famous "Decollazione di San Giovanni in carcere" by Gerit Van Honthorst, better known as Gherardo delle Notti.
In the presbytery there is the precious ciborium, in the shape of a little temple with 16 Sicilian alabaster columns and a bronze dome. The high altar is the work of Carlo Rainaldi, while the apse of the choir has a seventeenth-century painting of "Queen of Heaven" by Cavalier d'Arpino.
Noteworthy is the "Chapel of S.Teresa d'Avila", designed by Giovanni Paolo Panini in 1617, which keeps the saint's right foot relic. The Saint's holdover is preserved here (the companion of the foot that is nakedly prominent in Bernini's famous sculpture of her in Santa Maria della Vittoria church, although she never went barefoot but wore sandals).
It is a beautiful, small church, very simple outside, but rich and opulent inside.
It deserves a visit.
Written 3 March 2020
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Suzanne Green
Omega, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Everything we saw in Rome was awesome....Rome is such a beautiful walking city with so much to see and do.
Written 13 May 2019
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a 17th-century baroque monument which belongs to the Discalced Carmelite order of nuns. The interior contains works by Caravaggio and his pupils. There's also a pharmacological oddity in the annexes associated with the building: They include a modern pharmacy as well as a room devoted to arcane jars and herbal remedies that haven't changed very much since the 18th century.
Written 1 May 2019
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j0hnd2018
Matera, Italy3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Like so many of the cathedrals in Rome, this one is awe inspiring. I particularly was fascinated with the ceilings and the workmanship throughout.
Written 13 April 2019
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Celestini5
Bloomfield Hills, MI28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Love this place. I rent an apartment just around the corner and started to come here and meditate years ago. I trying to make mass here in the evenings and it is well worth it, even if you aren't Catholic or in the protesting phase of your life etc... it is a nice place to visit and sit among the calm. If you are in Trastevere I would say it is worth it to go and take a look, however with all of the churches in Rome, I would not make a special visit. You will not be disappointed in the vistas here...
Written 31 March 2019
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Redshirts889
Chicago, IL1,558 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This is now a museum, it was once an important public hospital dedicated to caring for abandoned children, the poor, the sick, and pilgrims.
Written 28 August 2018
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SoloTogether
Ludlow, UK471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Quite a plain exterior (by Roman standards) does nothing to hint of the 'eye candy' within!

Inside you are immediately drawn to the over elaborate alter space backed with murals and columns, with its surrounding arch adorned with 14 Chandeliers. More Chandeliers also adorn the abutting alcoves. Add into this mix exquisitely carved architraves and friezes framing more paintings and you have one of the most ornate small churches we've visited. Another Gem!
Written 20 August 2018
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