Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo
With its lawns and colourful flower beds, this leafy walled park is a wonderful place to escape the crowds and enjoy a summer picnic. ...
Basilica di SS Giovanni e Paolo & Case Romane
While there’s little of interest at this much-tweaked 4th-century church, the Roman houses that lie beneath it are fascinating....
Basilica di SS Quattro Coronati
This brooding fortified church is best known for its well-preserved 13th-century frescoes. In the Cappella di San Silvestro, these...
This splendid enoteca is a few blocks from the Colosseo.
Taverna dei Quaranta
Tasty traditional food, honest prices, near the Colosseum but off the beaten track – there’s a lot to like about this laid-back,...
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Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo information
‘Such a panorama of horror and butchery no man could imagine in his sleep, though he were to eat a whole pig, raw, for supper.’ So wrote Charles Dickens after seeing the 16th-century frescoes that circle this otherwise tranquil church. The X-rated images – and they really are pretty graphic – depict the many tortures suffered by the early Christian martyrs.
The church, one of Rome’s oldest, dates to the late 5th century, although it was subsequently altered in the 12th and 15th centuries.