Rome Attractions

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini

Exterior view of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini at Rome city, Italy

To provide his fellow Florentines with their own place of resort in Rome, Pope Leo X of the house of Medici held an architectural competition. Michelangelo and Raphael, among others, took part, but the winning design was by Sansovino. However, Sansovino was not to be the only architect: Sangallo, Michelangelo in an advisory role, della Porta, Maderno and Alessandro Galilei as the creator of the facade all participated in the work.

Exterior of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Rome, Italy

Exterior of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Rome, Italy

Interior of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini

The Florentine church is impressive on account of its size, its austere spatial composition and the rich Baroque decorations which include the apse by Pietro da Cortona and the high altar made to designs by Borromini. Francesco Borromini (memorial plaque on the third pillar on the left) and Carlo Maderno (memorial stone beneath the dome) are buried here.

Closeup of statues on San Giovanni dei Fiorentini Church.

Closeup of statues on San Giovanni dei Fiorentini Church.

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Distance to Colosseum

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini set in the Via Giulia, 2,8 km from (34 min walk) from Roman Colosseum.