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While wandering the far end of the Campo dei Fiore and came upon Largo dei Librai, a small dead end street. But it was not a dead end, it was the beginning of a great find. With children kicking a soccer ball in front I came upon the THE CHURCH OF SANTA BARBARA DEI LIBRAI.
This tiny church is located on Largo dei Librai, just past Alice Pizza and the Filleti di Baccala. Alice Pizza is a great and inexpensive lunch stop.
I came upon this by chance and then read about it in detail in the Blog “An American in Rome” which was my go to resource when we were there for eighteen days last summer.
This tiny space contains so much beauty. The small size of the church keeps it from being overwhelming.
I came back a few days later with my wife and found it was closed. The hours did not seem to be posted on the door.
If you visit near the Campo dei Fiore, head towards the far end and continue down the street. After passing by a number of shops, you will see Largo dei Librai on your left. The church is at the far end.
Tale a look at the American in Rome blog. Stephanie is an American living and working in Rome.
Santa Barbara dei Librai, Rome
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Coordinates: 41°53′41.32″N 12°28′25.49″E
Santa Barbara dei Librai is a small Roman Catholic church in Rome, Italy. It was once known as Santa Barbara alla Regola after the rione in which it was located. Today it now considered within the rione of Parione, near the Campo de’ Fiori.
Giuseppe Vasi dates the consecration of the church by 1306, although it is probable that a church existed at the site since the 10-11th century. Inscriptions inside claim that the church was established by Giovanni di Crescenzio de Roizo and his wife Rogata, who was a senator of Rome in the second century. In 1600, it was granted to the confraternity of the Bookmakers (bookbinders, publishers, and scribes) or Librari, who titled the church after St Thomas Acquinas and St John of God as patrons.
During the papacy of Innocent XI , the church was restored. In 1634, after a fire, the confraternity of book makers bought out adjacent properties. The baroque façade was remade by Giuseppe Passeri. The statue of St Barbara over the door was sculpted by Ambrogio Parisi, and the angel painted on a wall is attributed to Guido Reni. The church has paintings by Luigi Garzi; a fresco of St Saba by Giovanni Battista Brughi, pupil of Baciccio, in the chapel of Specchi; and frescoes by Francesco Ragusa and Domenico Monacelli.
The church was used by the confraternity till 1878, but fell into abandon and was deconsecrated. In 1982, it was restored and.
The adjacent oratory is sited in the ruins of the Theater of Pompey.
Tryptich by Leonardo da Roma
Among the works of art inside the church are:
Tryptich of Madonna and child with John the Baptist and Archangel Michael (1453) by Leonardo da Roma.
Crucifixion by Garzi
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Morelli Gonippo, la chiesa di sants Barbara dei librai, Roma 1927
C. Rendina, Le Chiese di Roma, Newton & Compton Editori, Milano 2000
C. Cerchiai, Rione V Ponte, in AA.VV, I rioni di Roma, Newton & Compton Editori, Milano 2000, Vol. I, pp. 335–382
Mariano Armellini,Le chiese di Roma dal secolo IV al XIX, Roma 1891
C. Hulsen, Le chiese di Roma nel Medio Evo, Firenze 1927 F. Titi, Descrizione delle Pitture, Sculture e Architetture esposte in Roma, Roma 1763
A salumeria is traditionally meat and sausages (salsiccia) are sold at the butcher and other meat products are sold at the salumeria. In more recent times, salumerie often sell various products including cheeses, eggs, pastas and ready-to-eat antipasti. These shops are spotless works of art! Amazing.
Just like the Boars Head Provisions in the US, this little shop has it on the wall. Norcineriaviola in the Campo dei Fiore, Roma.
Nothing but the best.
You can visit this shop in Campo dei Fiore. Located at the left side towards the Farnese cinema.
A macelleria in the Campo dei Fiore.
More goodies in another salumeria in the Campo.
And lastly, EATALY is alive and well in Roma.
Porchetta, always delicious.
My wife ia a trip lover. She cooked it and enjoyed it in our apartment near the Campo.
The crazy and different Italian T Shirt fad, During our seven week travel through Sicily and Italy it was impossible not to see how many shops had T Shirts, but with English language text and a bit of profanity.
I amazed that anyone would really want to wear this, but they sell them.
Some of the others were even more outlandish.
OK we get the point.
Softer tones this is a nice one.
Simple, but why?
Profanity is accepted in both Italian and English.
Thats all for today.
No matter how you decide to go, you will get a lot of exercise. Option one is to climb the entire 551 steps to the top. Option two ( my choice) you cut the trip down to 320 steps. Most people took the elevator to the 320 step route. Hours are from 08:00 – 17:00 from October to March 31st. From April to September 30th, it is open till 18:00. Keep in mind, it is a climb and make sure you are in reasonable physical condition.
It gets a little tight on the staircase.
On the way up there are several viewing locations.
This was an early morning visit in September..
As I zoom into the mosaics the details will become visible.
How detailed they are.
Now on to the top.
360 degree views of Vatican City and Rome
Many details of the basilica become visible when you are on top.
At the end of the trip catch the stairs to the elevator an complete your tour of the basilica at your leisure. The rope serves as a handrail.
Cost for your excursion is 5 Euros if you climb, and 7 if you wish to take the partial ride in the elevator. I arrived at about 08:15 with no lines. It was worth the climb. Look for the signs directing you to the cupola as you enter and there will be a ticket booth.
We have never been it Italy without seeing a wedding or wedding photo shoot. Any day of the week. It always bring a smile to our faces.
Never a day with out a a bride.
Location, location, location.
Not much more to say, these were all in Rome.
Spending 18 days in Rome and traveling mostly on foot bright this city into a new light. Every time we left the apartment we got closer to the city and discovered new and exciting things. Our first visit was in the mid 80s. We did not return to Italy until 1998. Since then we have made several more trips to Rome if only for a few days. This was the chance for discovery and getting a feel for living somewhat like a local.
Our Airbnb was close to Campo de Fiore. We walked just about everywhere. The market is picturesque but highly oriented to tourists. Still many locals go each day, as did we. Fresh produce and fruit came back to our apartment. A small supermarket was also close by to supplement what the market did not have. There were several salumerie in the area, and well as several Macellerie for cold cuts and meat. This became a daily ritual.
During the next several blogs post, I will be describing the interesting happenings during our stay in Rome.
Caio for now.
When you stay in an Airbnb you get to know the owners and managers well. Some times they gloss over something saying no problem. As you stay, you may be reluctant to say anything bad. One time we had no hot water in a rather nice apartment in Orvieto. The problem was quickly resolve by resetting a breaker. Some time that location of the apartment can be a problem. In Rome we are next to a restaurant which has some early morning noises. We knew about this from the review. NO BIG DEAL.
Next to us, the apartment was undergoing renovation. Part of the wall was knocked out in two locations and repaired withy concrete. Plaster was not repaired, looked like a basement wall with a hole int it. Workmen began each morning at 7:30 am and each day stone and wall fragments from this job were on our terrazzo floor. Not nice.
Shower was difficult to use with out having water go on floor. Floors were a little dusty, and could never be really cleaned without a professional floor machine. Walls have marks that should have been cleaned off. The kitchen is decent, but the stainless steel sink area where you put plates does not drain into the sink.
As I looked at many, many reviews for this property, I think people are afraid to bring these items into their reviews.
On the very positive side, the location was perfect. A two block walk to Campo de Fiore with markets and restaurants. Ten minutes to Vatican, bus stops about a two block walk away. One nice restaurant was behind our building, Polese.
Arnbnb does not visit these places, so you need to review ALL the reviews. Reviews are not in chronological order. Go through all of them and see if there are negatives that are repeated. Bad reviews seem to be hidden.
If you have a problem, use the email in the Airbnb app to connect to the host. If you can not get a resolution, than use the help button on the app and go directly to Airbnb. We have received an offer of a 300E REFUND from our host. The construction goes on but the equivalent of $$360 US makes it a little less painful.
Go through ALL of the reviews, it may be time consuming but it will be worth it in the end.
I have enjoyed our visit to Rome. The location a short walk from Campo dei Fiore is wonderful. Our host has tried to make our stay enjoyable. The construction will take some time and hopefully will be complete by next years high tourist season.
Would I stay here again? I am not sure. The host did what could be done to improve the situation, which really was not all that much. In researching I found another Airbnb about 2 city blocks away which had a modern kitchen and new furnishings which I would rather go to. Did I enjoy my stay, immensely. No coins in fountain this year, too crowded to get in throwing range, but I will return.