Santa Maria in Trastevere is the basilica for which this piazza is named. Located in the heart of the Trastevere neighborhood, the fountain and surrounding cafes are usually filled with people, both tourists, and locals.
Santa Maria in Trastevere contains the crypts of several popes and is believed to have been around 300 -400. It was completely rebuilt in the 12th century by Pope Innocent II and incorporates materials salvaged from the Baths of Caracalla
The church is believed to have been founded on the location where oil flowed from the ground on the day Jesus was born. There is a side street that honors the legend, Via delle Fonte dell’ Oglio.
I took this photograph just as the sun was just coming up, illuminating the gold leaf mosaics on the facade.
I love early mornings for the opportunity to take photographs without crowds of people. Especially in a city like Rome – it is wonderful to feel you have the city to yourself for a few moments even if it is an illusion.