A Guide For The Pilgrim in Rome
This short route begins at the Trevi Fountain and then follows the map as indicated below. Despite being brief, this route allows one to visit two of the apostles, a miraculous crucifix, and a Marian grotto.
The following churches are listed according to the order of the suggested route. The total distance is about 1/3 of a mile. To walk will probably take about 1.5 hours when one stops at each of the churches. The churches are generally open from 7AM-1PM and from 4PM-7PM. Santa Rita da Cascia alle Vergine may not be open as frequently.
Santa Rita da Cascia alle Vergine
(Saint Rita of Cascia at the Vergine)
Via del Umilta 83B
*This church is just south of the Trevi Fountain.
*A grotto honoring Our Lady of Lourdes is found within a small room immediately on the left after entering.
Piazza dei Santi Apostoli 51
*This church is just east of Piazza Venezia.
*Relics of St Philip and St James the Less rest within the confessio of this church. During the 6th century they were transferred from Constantinople to Rome by Pope Pelagius I (d. 561). In 1873, as excavations commenced below the central altar, their relics were unearthed. They were then carefully examined and repositioned within the confessio where they rest today.
*Also the painting above the main altar depicts the martyrdom of St Philip and St James the Less. It was completed by Domenico Maria Muratori in the early 18th century.
San Marcello al Corso
(Saint Marcellus on the Corso)
Piazza di San Marcello 5
*This church is north of Piazza Venezia.
*A fire on the night of May 22, 1519 destroyed most of this church. Only the outer walls and a 15th century wooden crucifix survived. This miraculous crucifix can now be found in the fourth chapel on the right side of the nave. A relic of the true cross is also preserved within this chapel in a reliquary.