Chiesa di San Gregorio Magno

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

Ring the bell for admission to this landmark church, which stands on the site where Pope Gregory is said to have dispatched St Augustine to convert the British. Originally, it was the pope’s family home but in 575 he converted it into a monastery. It was rebuilt in the 17th century and the interior was given a baroque facelift a century later.

Inside, look out for a stately 1st-century-BC marble throne said to have been St Gregory’s personal perch. Outside, the Cappella di Sant’Andrea is the most interesting of three small chapels, with frescoes by Domenichino, Guido Reni and Giovanni Lanfranco.