|Apse of Santa Maria di Trastevere|
So I was thrilled when my friend Christina told us that her favorite church in Rome was the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere. She said they had gorgeous mosaics. We set out for a nice walk from our apartment, ambling along the Tiber River for much of the time.
The church is one of the oldest in Rome, some of it dating back to the third century. The spectacular thirteenth century mosaics in the apse were done by Pietro Cavallini - they are really breathtaking. Maggie and I spent over an hour there sketching, taking pictures, walking around and looking at all the beautiful details.
|Ceiling Frescoes by Raphael and Students, especially Giulio Romano|