Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli Rome, Italy

Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli Rome.

A church you must visit when in Rome, on the Piazza di Campitelli.

The name is a derivative of Capitolium, the Capitoline Hill close by.

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it contains a 25cm-high icon dating back to the 11th century.

This is the icon believed to have helped Rome deal with the plague of the 17th century.

The shrine that contains the icon shines blazingly gold in its imposing High Baroque style.

An easy way to find the church – if coming from Campidoglio – is to walk Via del Teatro di Marcello towards Isola Tiberina and turn right before reaching Teatro Di Marcello to Piazza di Campitelli.

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