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Santo Stefano Rotondo

Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 4211 9130
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Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 4211 9130
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Santo Stefano Rotondo is my favourite church. It is highly unusual. For starters, as the name suggests, it is round. It is also really ancient, even by the standards of Rome. I like the frescos of the early martyrs that were meant to edify the...More

Thank Yawnn
Reviewed 30 October 2017

I love dark stuff and the frescoes in the church (somewhat hard to find) are graphic depictions of the martyrdom of saints. The gore of their deaths is not whitewashed; you see it in all its horror which is actually refreshing after so many cautious,...More

Thank flaneur40
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Very ancient and unusual circular church, known for its rather gory depictions of saints being martyred ... Saint Stephen is being stoned to death, St. Peter is being crucified upside down, people being beaten, decapitated, boiled alive, thrown to the lions ... each scene has...More

Thank SpanishStepsApt
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

It’s a little tricky to find - not too far from the San Clement church. The place is interesting but it’s currently renovating a significant portion of its frescoes. There are a number of others that are pretty faded and I suspect will subsequently be...More

Thank Jeff K
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This church is worth the effort to find - up the hill behind the colosseum - about 15 mins walk. The church is old built in late fifth century and unusual as one of the few round churches in Rome. The walls of the church...More

Thank Steven W
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This is the most difficult of churches to find. You can clearly see it from the road but unless the gates are open you will walk by the entrance without noticing. I know as we did it three or four times before we found the...More

Thank Evets54
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

The frescoes are in relatively good condition and the building is beautiful both inside and out. If you like old churches that are off the beaten path, you will love Santo Stefano Rotondo. My one criticism is that there were no explanations in English of...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2017

An interesting small but very old church (4th century). Inside there are frescoes with the tortures of early Christians and an interesting mosaic. Relatively close to the Colosseum.

1  Thank Ogi0
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This church is worth a visit. It has a beautiful and quiet atmosphere. It has not a lot of visitors so it seems like you have it all on your own

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This church is located on the Caelian Hill in a quiet and rather unfrequented part of Rome, not far from the Colosseum, St Johns Lateran and the Palatine hill. This early Christian church was dedicated to St Stephen, apparently the first Christian martyr, who was...More

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17 May 2016|
Response from GeraldineM53 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - as far as I remember the main Rotondo is flat and wheelchair accessible - I dont recollect any staircase anyway, may be couple of steps at the front porch. Make sure you know the route before starting out - it took us... More