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St. Paul's Within the Walls Church (Chiesa di San Paolo Entro le Mura)
St. Paul's Within the Walls Church (Chiesa di San Paolo Entro le Mura)

St. Paul's Within the Walls Church (Chiesa di San Paolo Entro le Mura)

Free admission
Via Napoli 58, Rome

The Basics

Using glass from Murano, pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones designed St. Paul’s Within the Walls’ four mosaics that earned the building its recognition as a national monument from the Italian government. That said, St. Paul’s Within the Walls (Chiesa di San Paolo Entro Le Mura) is primarily known as venue for musical performances. Here you can see productions of famous Italian operas such as Giuseppe Verdi’sLa Traviata and Gioachino Rossini’sBarber of Seville, or performances of famous opera arias by singers from the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma or today’s Three Tenors. There are also frequent classical music concerts featuring works by composers including Beethoven, Schubert, and Vivaldi.

Booking tickets to one of the many concerts and performances held at St. Paul’s Within the Walls is the perfect way to both visit the lovely church interior and appreciate its excellent acoustics. The Three Tenors and the Virtuosi dell'Opera di Roma are two of the most popular performances, but there are also symphonic concerts and special musical events on Easter and New Year’s Eve.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Wonderul!
Tatiana_D, Oct 2021
I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma: La Traviata at St. Paul Within the Walls
What a wonderful experience! We all very much enjoyed it! Even our 7 year old daughter sat throuh the whole thing and loved it! She said it was one of her favorite experiences in Rome. If you're planning on going do not waste your money on cheaper seats! you will not be able to see anything! It is a church, so you sit on church benches and if you're all the way in the back it's wasted money. Get there early so you can get as close to the front as possible, since it's an open seating policy even if you get tickets to the A section.
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Overall great and the church was...
Anuket B, Feb 2018
I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma: La Traviata at St. Paul Within the Walls
Overall great and the church was very nice, the acoustics were good and the performers were fantastic. The only thing I wish was that I had picked a front seat. It was at a church and not really an Opera hall, so my view was obstructed and we had a hard time seeing the stage, but that did not take away for the great sound experience. This deal is a great value, I would definitely recommend it.
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We loved seeing La Traviata at St...
Debora C, Jan 2018
I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma: La Traviata at St. Paul Within the Walls
We loved seeing La Traviata at St. Paul within the Walls Church. The singers were wonderful, and the church is beautiful. There are many shops and restaurants close by too, so you might want to go a couple of hours early.
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The performance was great, but the...
Vesy, Mar 2017
I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma: La Traviata at St. Paul Within the Walls
The performance was great, but the acoustics in the church wan't the best and the seats was uncomfortable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • St. Paul’s Within the Walls is one of Italy’s most important Protestant churches and holds Episcopal services in English each Sunday.

  • If attending a musical performance, the dress code is smart casual.

  • The church is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The church is located on the corner of Via Nazionale and Via Napoli, about a 10-minute walk from Rome’s Termini train station or near the Piazza Repubblica stop on metro line A.

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When to Get There

St. Paul’s Within the Walls is a beautiful backdrop for evening performances, though you can also visit Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm to simply tour the interior.

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Art Exhibitions

In addition to concerts and operas, St. Paul’s Within the Walls often holds contemporary art exhibitions, which you can visit during their regular opening hours.

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