San Pietro in Montorio

On the slopes of the Gianicolo, in one of the most fascinating and enchanting corners of Rome, is the Church of San Pietro in Montorio, named after “Mons Aureus”, a title given to the Gianicolo for its golden marble.

The church boasts ancient origins, it was built in the 9th century for the Celestine monks. In the 12th century it passed to the Benedettini and in the 15th century it was entrusted by Pope Sixtus IV to the Franciscan friars. These, in keeping with the tradition that the apostle Peter was crucified on the upside-down cross in that very place, decided to break down and reconstruct the building thanks to financial contributions from Louis XI of France, then Ferdinand II And finally Isabella of Castile. The architect who reconstructed it may have been Baccio Pontelli.

The church has an elegant Renaissance façade with a central Gothic rosette and a double ramps leading to the beautiful wooden doorway.

The interior is a single nave ending in a polygonal apse, with five chapels per side, all originally in the form of apse, and two larger transept forming chapels, designed amongst others by Vasari, Ammannati, Daniele da Volterra and Bernini.

To the right of the church, through a courtyard you enter the cloister consisting of a series of walled arches. At the center of the cloister is the Temple of Bramante made in 1502 at the exact point where the crucifixion of St. Peter took place, proven by the hole in which the cross of martyrdom would have been planted. With a circular plan, with sixteen doric granite columns and a dome, the Bramante Temple is considered the first Renaissance monument in Rome.

The church of San Pietro in Montorio, due to its location, away from city traffic, and its breathtaking panorama over the city of Rome, is one of the most sought after locations. Of discrete size it is suitable for small weddings (it has a capacity of 150 seats). An exclusive and elegant setting.