"Monastero di S.Francesca Romana/ Monastero di Tor de'Specchi (Monastery of Tor de' Specchi)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 9th May 2011
This monastery is also known as Monastero di Tor de'Specchi, deriving this name from the name of the medieval fortified zone of the Specchi family. In one of its houses grew a monastery by initiative of a noble Roman woman Francesca Bussi de'Leoni, who together with the other matrons retired here and founded the religious order of Oblates bearing now her name.
This is the only medieval building which was spared is the severe Monastero di Tor de' Specchi, founded by S. Francesca Romana in 1425. S. Francesca Romana was a Ponziani, a wealthy family of Trastevere. When she died in 1440 most likely she did not foresee becoming in 1925 the patron saint of car drivers; this because it is said that an angel held a light before her when she travelled.
Monastero di Tor de'Specchi (The Monastery of Tor de' Specchi) is set in the heart of Rome, at the very feet of the Campidoglio, between the basilica of S. Maria in Aracoeli and the imposing ruins of the Theater of Marcello.
Inside is a so called "scala santa" (with the paintings by A.Romano), leading to the Oratory with the Gothic windows and decorated with the cycle of frescoes representing 25 scenes from the life of St Francesca Romana (1448). Santa Francesca Romana's Tor de' Specchi is very strictly cloistered, only is open to public only on March 9, for the holiday of S. Francesca Romana, and the following Sunday. It is possible to visit the 17th century chapel only because the 15th century frescos are under restoration.
Monastero di S.Francesca Romana/ Monastero di Tor de'Specchi (Monastery of Tor de' Specchi)/ Monastero Oblate di S. Francesco Romana
Via del Teatro di Marcello, 32
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
Monastero di S.Francesca Romana/ Monastero di Tor de'Specchi (Monastery of Tor de' Specchi) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "127"
March 9, 2011: Solemnity of St. Francesca Romana. Visit to the Monastery: 9.00 am - 11.45 am // 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm: Mass: 10.00 am.
Open also on March 13 and 20, 2011: Visit to the Monastery: 9.00 am - 11.45 am // 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm.
Telephone: 0039 06 6795281 - 06 6793565
Fax: 0039 06 6795281
Web site: http://www.tordespecchi.it/