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Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Free admission
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Piazza della Minerva, 42, Rome

The basics

Though its Gothic architecture is unique to the Eternal City, it is the basilica’s art-rich interior that draws visitors. In addition to Michelangelo’s Cristo Risorto, the church is home to 15th-century frescoes by Filippino Lippi decorating the Carafa Chapel (Cappella Carafa), a funerary monument by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and a series of magnificent tombs, including those of Pope Paul IV, St. Catherine of Siena, and Fra’ Angelico, Dominican friar and painter. Because of its location near the Pantheon in the heart of Rome’s historic center, a stop at the basilica is often included on walking tours of Rome, especially those focusing on works by Michelangelo and other prominent Renaissance artists. Some Rome walking tours pair a cooking class with sightseeing, to experience both the city’s culture and cuisine in one day.

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Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
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$52.07 per adult
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The best Pantheon tour with the an amazing guide!
This was an absolutely amazing tour!! Mateo was a very fun and knowledgeable guide!! His passion for the history of the sites was evident and it made the experience even more interesting. Definitely do this tour!
Jennifer_G, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Fantastic & Informative
Charles_K, May 2022
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
Excellent tour and guide! He helped us to meet one of our party that was late! Very knowledgeable and considerate!
star-5
It was an informative and...
wdrozdowsky, May 2022
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
It was an informative and very interesting tour. We thought we knew a great deal about Rome and its history, but our guide expanded our knowledge of Rome.
star-5
Nice start to the Day
Scott_E, May 2022
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
We were lucky enough to have the same guide as a few nights before at a Rome Street Food tour. Did this tour early in the morning and despite this being a shorter tour, we were provided with lots of historical info and the Pantheon is amazing. The church listed in the tour info was under renovation, so our guide took us to a different church that was beautiful and did not disappoint.
star-5
Great tour guide!
Peter_P, Apr 2022
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
Great tour of the pantheon - must do it - so much better than just walking through! Loved the tour! Also went on tour of nearby church which was beautiful!
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Great Tour & Super Patient w a Toddler
Lorinda_M, Jul 2020
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
Our guide, Giovanna, was so nice and patient with our toddler! He was pitching a fit and she was so patient and tried to help us with him. She had great English and knew a ton of information. The Santa Maria was closed due to covid and she took us another beautiful church nearby (St Ignacio I think). Great experience!
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a welcomed surprise!
Sophia_G, Sep 2021
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
Minerva was closed so our guide took us to another church which was one of our favorite places that we visited. It was so unique and cool.
star-5
Very good tour with excellent guide
John_H, Nov 2019
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
Virginia our guide was excellent, she was very knowledgeable easily the best guide we had this trip.
star-5
Best tour guide ever
Bradley_P, Jan 2020
Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome
The tour guide was one of the best ones we have ever had. He was so respectful and made sure we had finished taking our photos before he moved on to the next thing. Generally just a really nice, good guy. The tour itself was great and he provided lots of information along the way. I think the tour guide's name was Mateo? (it's been a few days since and lots of things have happened since). The tour is very reasonably priced and we would have even paid more because the guide was so good. A definite recommend.
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Things to know before you go

  • A visit to the basilica is a must for Renaissance art enthusiasts, especially Michelangelo fans.
  • Modest attire that covers shoulders and knees is required to enter Rome’s churches.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended if visiting as part of a Rome walking tour.
  • Photography without flash is allowed in the basilica, and photographers especially enjoy capturing the sumptuous interiors.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is located in Piazza della Minerva just north of Via di Pie di Marmo and a short walk from the Pantheon. The closest bus stop is Pie Di Marmo.

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When to get there

The cool and quiet basilica interior is a welcome respite from Rome's midday heat and chaos around the Pantheon, so visit during the hottest hours of the day to contemplate the glorious art. Avoid visiting during the 6:00 p.m. Mass, when tourists are discouraged from lingering.

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Michelangelo’s Cristo Risorto (Christ Bearing the Cross)

This sculpture depicting the risen Christ was completed by Michelangelo in 1521 and is carved from a single block of white marble. It was the artist’s second attempt, as a flaw in the marble used for the first version created a black line on the statue’s face. Because of this delay, a student of Michelangelo’s had to finish the work. The bronze drapery was added decades later to preserve Christ's modesty after the Council of Trent.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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