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Santa Maria in Vescovio

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Santa Maria in Vescovio

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James J wrote a review Oct 2016
Casperia, Italy346 contributions70 helpful votes
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This beautifully frescoed romanesque church which incorporates recycled bits of Roman sculpture and inscriptions scavenged from the ruins of the ancient Roman market town of Forum Novum was for centuries the cathedral church of the Sabina. The reason this site was chosen was because Saint Peter is reputed to have visited here enroute to Rome and his martyrdom and performed the Panis Fractis for an early Christian community here in a house which once stood under the location of the church's high altar. The medieval frescoes are spectacular. Of particular interest is the crypt below the high altar where you can see the remains of Lombard era frescoes. Santa Maria in Vescovio is truly an oasis of peace. It is well worth the visit, not only for the church but for two great restaurants: L'Oasi, a seafood restaurant located right beside the old cathedral, and La Pineta Da Dario, which specialises in meat just down the street. This is one of our favourite places to bring friends who visit us from Canada.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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Ritchie D wrote a review Jul 2016
Rome, Italy10 contributions2 helpful votes
We haven't actually been inside, but enjoyed looking outside in the construction to see all the masonry robbed from the adjacent villa in its construction !
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Date of experience: July 2016
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badclassicist wrote a review Aug 2015
Birmingham, United Kingdom30 contributions25 helpful votes
This ancient church, the seat of the Sabine territory's first bishopric, is peaceful and not much visited. The church is beautifully frescoed and has an atmospheric undercroft with evocative fragments of classical Roman architecture (the excavated site of Forum Novum, sadly closed to visitors, is adjacent). The sanctuary is free to enter and has ample parking; there is a good, cheap bar/caffe with toilets and what looks to be a splendid restaurant in the shadow of the church.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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PeterU46 wrote a review Jul 2015
San Antonio, Texas42 contributions7 helpful votes
An old church and monastery. Also some old Roman ruins. In the old monastery courtyard/garden there is a restaurant that serves excellent food.
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Date of experience: May 2015
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RichardRooney wrote a review Jun 2015
Vancouver, Canada28 contributions20 helpful votes
In a beautiful setting of a nearby ancient abbey, this restaurant offers food that tastes out of this world, friendly service, and owners that take pride in what they serve, including some of the best bruschetta I have tasted. But, word of warning, you must eat the bruschetta right away,and if you are not fast enough, it will be whisked away by the owner, who will say, " it is best eaten right off the coals " we loved him, as he was so proud of what he was serving, he wanted us to have the best experience they could offer !
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Date of experience: April 2015
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