Chiesa di Sant’Andrea della Valle

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Chiesa di Sant’Andrea della Valle information

Rome , Italy
Piazza Vidoni 6
Getting there
Bus: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Opening hours
7.30am-noon & 4.30-7.30pm Mon-Sat, 7.30am-12.45pm & 4.30-7.45pm Sun
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A must for opera fans, this towering 17th-century church is where Giacomo Puccini set the first act of Tosca . Its most obvious feature is Carlo Maderno’s soaring dome, the highest in Rome after St Peter’s, but its cavernous baroque interior reveals a wonderful series of frescoes by Matteo Preti and Domenichino, and, in the dome, Lanfranco's heady depiction of the Gloria del Paradiso (Glory of Paradise; 1625-28) .

Competition between the artists working on the church was fierce and rumour has it that Domenichino once took a saw to Lanfranco’s scaffolding, almost killing him in the process.