Santa Sabina all'Aventino

Opening hours Open daily from 7:00-12:45 & 15:30-18:00.

Ticket prices Admission is free.

Just to the south of the centre of Rome, on the Aventine Hill, is the Basilica of Santa Sabina all'Aventino, a quiet and attractive church dating back to the early fifth century.

Santa Sabina is best known as the home of the Dominican order, having been presented to Saint Dominic himself by Pope Honorius III in 1219.

Things to See

Inside Santa Sabina all'Aventino Santa Sabina all'Aventino

The wooden doors of the church, partly covered with protective glass, are though to be the original fifth century door. Some of the door's carved panels have been replaced over the centuries, but amongst the remaining panels is one of the earliest surviving depictions of the crucifixion.

Next to the church is the Giardini d'Arancie, a small and pleasant garden planted, as its name suggests, with orange trees. There's an excellent view from the terrace, which looks out over the Tiber with St Peter's Basilica in the distance.

Visiting Santa Sabina

From the western end of the Circus Maximus (the end closest to Santa Maria in Cosmedin and furthest from the metro station), walk south down Via Santa Sabina - after five minutes or so, the church will be on your right.