Churches in Rome

Information on churches in the capital.



An impressive two-thousand years old celebration will take place on Sunday May 24th inside the Pantheon, one of the most important monuments located in the heart of Rome.
Born as a pagan temple, the Pantheon was converted into the catholic Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri several centuries ago, and from the time of the earliest Christian communities it hosts once a year a special liturgy on Pentecost Sunday: a rain of red rose petals will be poured from the top hole in the ceiling, the architectural wonder that made the Pantheon so famous all over the world.
Pentecost, which occurs on the 50th day after Easter Sunday, celebrates the descend of the Holy Spirit on earth after the sacrifice of Jesus, whose blood is precisely represented by the red rose petals.
A mass starting at 10:30 am will be part of the liturgy of course.
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A brand new section of the Museum of the Walls might been open in Rome, following the few days ago discovery of no less than 80 meters Aurelian Walls (3rd cent. AD) in St. John Lateran’s Archbasilica area.
The event was totally unexpected as scholars assumed this section of the Walls was lost as a consequence of the radical rearrangements which took place in the area in the middle of the 18th century to renovate St. John Lateran’s facade: the Walls were supposedly torn down or collapsed on that occasion – an idea reinforced by the lack of references in the scientific literature.
The extent of the discovery is invaluable: eleven arches, two towers, even traces of medieval painting (as those walls served as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (from the 17th century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder.
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How to see Pope Francis while in Rome

APTOPIX Vatican PopePope Francis has become very popular in just a few days. His austerity and his evident love for those in need have been welcomed as a breath of fresh air by people from all faiths, who are eager to at least get a glimpse of him.

If you are among those looking forward to see him personally we have made this brief guide to help you during your visit.

The easiest and most common way to see the pope is to attend the public blessing he gives every Sunday at noon. People from all around the world gather at Saint Peter’s square, so it’s quite a tale to tell back home!

Those looking to have a closer contact with the pope can attend the audience that takes place every Wednesday. The tickets are free but you have to book them in advance sending an actual letter (no e-mail) to the Prefecture of the Papal Household, 00120 Vatican City State or a fax to the number +39 06 6988 5863. Your message must include date of the General audience or Liturgical celebration you wish to attend, the number of tickets you need, name, mailing address and telephone or fax numbers.

Don’t forget that all the readers of our blog get a 5% discount over any reservation made directly with us (non cumulative with other promotions)!

Roma se Prepara para Dar la Bienvenida a Papa Francisco

Il nuovo Papa Jorge Mario Bergoglio con il nome di Francesco I

Finalmente Roma tiene un nuevo papa.

El mundo se mostro sorprendido al descubrir que la eleccion habia sido mas rapida de lo esperado, pero la sopresa mayor fue descubrir que el nuevo papa – que tomara el nombre de Francesco, o Francisco en espanol- no era otro que Jorge Mario Bergoglio, arzobispo de Buenos Aires, quien no habia sido incluido en ninguna de las listas preliminares elaboradas por expertos en cuestiones vaticanas y por los genios de las probabilidades de las casas de apuestas de todo el mundo. Como se dice en Roma, quien entra al conclave como papa sale como cardenal.

Vista en retrospectiva, la eleccion del arzobispo Bergoglio- quien sera el primer papa “extra-europeo”-  es una eleccion inteligente. Se trata de un hombre austero, quien eligio su nombre como homenaje a San Francisco de Asis y que sin duda dara a la iglesia catolica calor humano y fuerza, eso sin mencionar las inmensas reservas de apoyo y devocion que lo respaldan en America Latina, donde la mayor parte de la pobacion profesa la fe catolica.

El proximo domingo el papa Francisco ofrecera su primer Angelus, la bendicion publica que los papas ofrecen cada semana a medio dia. Sera sin duda una gran oportunidad para presenciar un evento historico! Si necesita ayuda o informacion para encontrar alojamiento en Roma, no dude en contactarnos por e-mail. o usando nuestro sitio de internet, para que asi obtenga las tarifas mas convenientes en la Ciudad Eterna.

Rome Weolcomes Pope Francis

Il nuovo Papa Jorge Mario Bergoglio con il nome di Francesco I

So, we finally have a Pope.

The world was surprised to learn the election was so quick, but was even more surprised to learn that the new pope – who will go under the name Francesco, or Francis in English- was Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, who wasn’t included in any of the preliminary lists made by Vatican experts and probability whizzes at the gambling companies around the world. As the  Roman saying  goes, whoever enters the conclave as a pope, leaves as a cardinal.

With hindsight, the election of archbishop Bergoglio, who will become the first pope to arrive from outside Europe, is a smart one. An austere man who chose his papal name inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, he is sure to bring warmth and vigour to the church he is called to lead, that without mentioning the immense reserve of devotion and support he will find in Latin America, where the majority of the population is catholic.

Next Sunday, Pope Francis will offer his first Angelus, the public blessing the pope offers every week at noon. It will be a great opportunity to be part of a historical event! If you need help with your accomodation in Rome, don’t hesitate to contact us, or check our website to get the  best rates in the Eternal City!

Rome: Conclave to Elect New Pope Starts Today


Today, cardinals from all around the world will meet in Rome to elect a new leader for the catholic church.

According to the Italian media there are a couple of strong names, namely cardinal Scola from Milano and cardinal Scherer from Sao Paolo but none of them seems to be able to get the 77 votes that are necessary to reach the majority of the preferences. Specialists do not expect a quick decision but it’s almost certain that the new pope will be elected before the week ends, probably on Sunday, a possibility that the city council has already contemplated, making arrangements to move the annual city marathonf from the morning to the evening in case Sunday turns out to be the big day.

Tonight rains in Rome and there is in the air a feel of anticipation while the eyes and cameras of the world turn to the Sistine chapel waiting for the white smoke signal that will open the next chapter in the history of catholicism.
Want to witness history? check our availability on-line or send us an e-mail to book your accommodation for this memorable day.

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns


Today Benedict XVI took the world by surprise  announcing he will step down  by the end of this month.

The choice has almost no precedent, since the las time a pope abdicated was almost 600 years ago: Gregory XII did it in 1415, but he was forced out of office as a way to end the Great Western schism. The last pope to abdicate voluntarily was Celestine V, in 1294.

There aren’t no official candidates to fill the vacating post, but many speculate the next pope may come from a third-world country, as a way to give new strenght  to a church struggling with scandals and facing the challenges of a fast-changing world.

Who do you think it will be the next pope? Personally, I’m rooting for Mexico (my country!) but I think a young pope from a developing country will be a great option for the church– it may actually be exactly what the catholic church needs right now.

Let us know your thoughts or contact us if you  want to make a booking to be in Rome by Easter ( which falls on March 31) when the name of the new pope will be announced.

The Capuchin Crypt : Rome’s Dark Side

scheletri.jpeThis is a truly frightening thought: a crypt comprised of six rooms all gruesomely decorated with the bones of thousands of Capuchin monks.

The crypt is located under the Santa Maria Della Concezione  on Via Veneto 27 close to Piazza Barberini. The church was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII in 1626. His brother Cardinal Antonio Barberini who was a Capuchin member, ordered for the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars to be exhumed and transferred from Via Dei Lucchesi to the crypt.

Fr. Michael of Bergamo oversaw the arrangement of the bones. Many say it is a very macabre artwork however the catholic church insists that it is merely a gentile reminder of the swift passage of life on earth.

No matter what view you might have about it, this is probably one of the most interesting things to be found in the eternal city. Remember for more information you can always contact us at Hotel Des Artistes.

Our blogger today: Liam

Great stuff for free in Rome I: Free Caravaggios!

San_Luigi_dei_FrancesiRome is packed with things to see and do. Believe me, you can live here for years and still keep discovering incredible things you never heard about before. That’s why we are starting today a series of articles to introduce you to some of the greatest things you can do in the Eternal City withot spending a dime.

First on my list (let’s see what Liam comes up with!) is the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, located near the Pantheon.
From the outside the church looks pretty much like any other church in Rome; you might not imagine that inside you can find an artistic treasure many museums would kill to have, and here it’s available for free: all you have to do it’s walk in!

Inside the church you will find many chapels with religious works of art that, of course, are great but in the end they all almost blur in your mind. That is, until you get to see the Caravaggios. Even if you don’t know anything about art, and just happen to stumble upon the curch by sheer luck you will immediatly be able to tell that here we are dealing not only with an artisan, but with a master and a visionary.

Caravaggio’s works (there are three of them at San Luigi) are vibrant, human and stunning, unlike other religious works of art you will find inside most churches in Rome. I can assure you the passion and strenght that comes off them will become one of your most treasured art memories- and you will get it for free!

You can learn more PIC2662Oabout Caravaggio and his troubled life on Wikipedia – where else? ; )  To get to San Luigi dei Francesi you can take the bus 40 from Termini. Get off at Largo Argentina and the follow this map we have dutifully put together for your walking pleasure.

If you need accomodation in the city don’t hesitate to write us or visit our website. And while you’re on the internets why don’t you drop me a line to tell me about your Caravaggio experience? It’ll be great to hear from you.

Have a great time!

Our blogger today: Raul


Our Blogger: Wanda

Rome celebrates the 29 June of every year the feast of its patrons Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Special ceremonies are organized in all the churches of the city, especially in those entitled to the Principles of the Apostles.

Mamertine_Prison2 According to the tradition both saints were confined in the Mamertine Prison (pictured above), in the skirts of the capitol, a place that still exists and can be visited. There St. Peter succeeded in converting the guards and baptized them, and when he realized there was no water, he hit the ground where a fountain magically appeared.


St. Peter was brought to the ancient Neronian Circus located on the area where St.Peter’s square is now. He was crucified there with his head down to the ground.

St. Paul instead was conducted "to aquas salvias", in the actual area of the Three Fountains, on the Laurentina Street, to be beheaded; the story goes that his head bounced three times, creating every time a fountain: one of hot water, one of warm water and finally one with cold water.


On June 29th solemn rites are celebrated and, many of the dedicated to St. Peter. An interesting tradition is to kiss the feet of the great bronze statue of St. Pietro placed in the central aisle St.Peter’s basilica.

As commemoration of the party of the Roman patrons there’s as well a procession on which the chains of St. Paul are brought: they are preserved near the basilica ostiense and consists of 14 iron rings.

To enjoy many other Roman traditions, stay at Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel in Rome. Both will offer you all the comfort you need in the heart of the Eternal City.

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