I enjoy escaping the hustle and bustle of the historic center of Rome from time to time. It is always an adventure and an opportunity to explore new neighborhoods. One of my favorite off the beaten path excursions is to a “complex” in the Trieste district – Chiesa Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura. Literally translated “Saint Agnes outside the walls”.
The complex includes an ancient church dedicated to the martyr Saint Agnes, located at Via Nomentana, 349, a funeary monument to Constantina – daughter of Emperor Constantine, catacombs, and the ancient remains of a monastery.
The history that accompanies these structures is high drama in the best tradition. Roman nobility converting to christianity, martyrdom, miracles, poetry, and layers upon layers of art and architecture.
Easily accessible by Metro (S. Agnese Annibaliano Station). Take the MEB1 from downtown Rome towards Conca D’Oro. When you exit the station look eastward and you will see a hill with trees and an ancient wall. Head in this direction.
- A tour of Medieval Rome with Roam Around Rome. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio (dianepernet.typepad.com)
- Rome Metro Map