Get married in Rome, the cradle of Catholicism and civilization. From St. Peter’s Basilica; the largest church in the Christian world, to the smaller parish churches on every corner, no city in the world can compare with such a rich Catholic heritage. The Vatican is the home of the Pope and houses the finest works of art in the world including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and his famous sculpture: the Pieta’. Imagine getting married in a historic church in Rome overlooking the Roman Forum or on one of the city’s most magnificent piazzas!
Church in S. Maria in Trastevere - favorite!
Our favorite church for celebrating a Catholic wedding in Rome is located in the city’s most historic district; Trastevere. It is one of Rome’s oldest and most stunning Catholic churches, on a romantic square with lovely fountain. We can’t think of a more fitting setting for a Roman Catholic rite. The shimmering gold mosaic interiors date back to the middle ages. They create an incredible interior light and atmosphere. The church was first built in the 3rd century, and then enlarged in the 12th century. The main nave is framed by two rows of columns which originally were taken from ancient Roman buildings. Your first sight of the interiors will cause you to gasp; Byzantine colors and the splendour of imperial Rome combine to create a majestic effect. The church floors are inlaid by additional mosaics made from stones in geometric patters. As you exit the church you will find yourselves on the beautiful Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, from which you can admire the outside mosaics of the church’s facade; lit up at night, they imbue the entire piazza with their gilded splendour. The church is well suited for small or large groups.
Roman Forum Church
If your dream is to marry in a Catholic church near the Roman Forum and Colosseum, this is one of Rome’s finest. Within strolling distance of the Colosseum is this ancient church, built during the latter part of the 10th century. The apse is decorated with mosaics of the Virgin surrounded by saints. The interior is a single nave with side chapels and the confessional was designed by the great master: Gian Lorenzo Bernini in various colored marbles - it is quite exceptional! Other highlights of this church are its Romanesque bell tower, the ornate ceiling with mosaics and stunning frescoes and the surrounding ruins of an ancient Roman temple of Venus and Rome.
Capitoline Hill Basilica
Built on the highest point of the Capitoline Hill, this Roman Basilica is one of the most striking churches for a Catholic wedding in Rome with its immense stairs that seem to lead up into the sky. The Capitoline Hill is one of the richest parts of Rome as far as monuments, works of art and museums and the eagle eye position enjoyed by this Basilica will create a breathtaking atmosphere for any couple desiring to get married in a historic Roman church. The first foundation of the building was laid in 574 and subsequent additions were done through the 14th century when the massive stairway of 124 steps was inaugurated by Cola di Rienzo to celebrate the ending of the Black Death. Some of the highlights of this church are its Romanesque-Gothic appearance, the many columns which divide the nave from the aisles, each one different from the other, taken from Roman ruins.
The church houses an incredible number of art treasures such as Pinturicchio’s 15th century frescos of St. Bernardino di Siena, the amazing wooden ceiling, the inlaid floors and the famous statue of the infant Jesus which was carved from a 15th century olive wood originally taken from the garden of Gethsemane and the tombstone of Giovanni Ceivelli by Donatello. The church is truly majestic and ideal for large wedding parties. Nearby photos can be taken of the Roman Forum and Capitoline Square.
Regarding Catholic Weddings in Rome
We can arrange for a Catholic and civil ceremony in Rome’s churches and will assist you with all paperwork. Religious (pre-cana) documentation is required to marry in a Catholic church in Rome. It will need to be completed with your own parish priest and we will then assist you in completing the proper procedures to be done in Italy. Your Rome Catholic rite will be performed by an English speaking priest.
Bare shoulders are not permitted by bride or guests. Sacred music only is allowed for the ceremony.