Districts Centro Storico (and Tiburtina) – the neighbourhoods of Celio, (San Lorenzo), Esquilino, Monti (± 5km)
This walk passing a number of Romanesque campanili (bell towers) of Rome is in the Centro Storico district. (There is a possibility of including an excursion by tram to the district of Tiburtina).
It will take just over 1 hour, not counting time for viewing and other breaks (and not counting the trip by tram).
Starting point is the Via dei Santi Quattro Coronati in front of the church of the same name in the Celio neighbourhood.
The story of the Romanesque campanili of Rome is a special one. Almost all of them were built in the 12th century (probably within an 80 years’ period) next to churches that were much older (but generally were subsequently reconstructed in later styles). Many of the campanili are not attached to their churches.
The campanili are nearly all that remains of Romanesque building in Rome, with the exception of some splendid Romanesque chiostri (cloisters): San Paolo fuori le Mura, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Santi Quattro Coronati, Santa Sabina and San Giovanni in Laterano. The Romanesque apse of Santi Giovanni e Paolo also is noteworthy.
Among the Italian Romanesque campanili the Roman ones form a group of their own. With their characteristic features they are only found in Rome and its surroundings.
The photographs and information for this walk were adapted from Campanili romanici di Roma, Romanesque bell towers in Rome by Dolf Middelhoff, Jurjen Keessen and Irene Stellingwerff, which, unfortunately, is only available in Dutch.
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