St. Andrea della Valle was constructed, on the design of C. Maderno, from 1591 to 1650. The dome, the highest in Rome after St. Peter’s, is also one of the finest. The façade of travertine is an imposing work of Rainaldi.
In designing the church of the Theatine Order, the architects – Francesco Grimaldi, Giacomo della Porta, Carlo Maderno and Carlo Rainaldi – followed the example of the Church of the Gesù, which lies approximately 500m. away.
The depth of the two-storey travertine façade, the broad and high but nevertheless cohesive interior with side chapels, aisles, choir and apse, the mighty dome above the crossing: every detail is reminiscent of Il Gesù. The tombs for the two popes from the Sienese Piccolomini family, which were brought here in 1614 from St Peter, deserve particular attention: the tomb of Pius II, known during the Humanist period as Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (1464), to the left in front of the transept, and the tomb of Pius III, Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini (1503), on the right.
Adress: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II; Tel: 06 686 1339 Open: Mon-Sat 7.30-noon, 4.30-7.30, Sun 7.30-12.45, 4.30-7.45.
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Sant’Andrea della Valle set in the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 1,9 km from (24 min walk) from Colosseum.