A Tourist in Rome - San Crisogono

Location:Piazza Sonnino 44, a couple blocks south of Ponte Garibaldi
Metro:None, perhaps Tram 3 from Piramide, or Tram 8 from Largo di Torre Argentina
Time:about 1 hour
Cost:?? Free ?? (I can't remember)
Hours:Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 4 PM - 7 PM

San Crisogono is an underground site in Trastevere which could definitely use some improvement in their explanations of what you're seeing in the underground. I don't recall anything about the church; I went straight for the underground. Although the signage in the underground is not very good, there is at least a pamphlet that's given to you to help you figure out what you're seeing underground. Still, the tourist experience could easily be greatly improved with a better English pamphlet or English underground signage since there's only a single English paragraph in the pamphlet. But the site itself is very interesting. Your first stop once you descend the staircase into the underground is the apse of a prior church (1st photo below). Along the route through the underground you'll see several sarcophaguses, a few superb frescoes, and an altar, although everything is a bit confusing due to the lack of signs. Sights from the underground area are shown below.

    
The apse in the underground of San Crisogono
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A fresco in the underground of San Crisogono
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2nd century marble sarcophagus with marine decoration, in the underground of San Crisogono
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Altar built with marble, with frescoes on the outside surface, in the underground of San Crisogono
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A fresco in the underground of San Crisogono
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