St Paul's Within the Walls Tours

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St. Paul’s Within the Walls was the first Protestant church built in Rome, considered the capital of the Catholic world. Today, this 19th-century Episcopal church—a national monument and home to beautiful mosaics—is both a religious and cultural center, holding services, musical performances, and art exhibitions.

The Basics
Using glass from Murano, pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones designed St. Paul’s Within the Walls’ four mosaics that earned the building its recognition as a national monument from the Italian government. That said, St. Paul’s Within the Walls (Chiesa di San Paolo Entro Le Mura) is primarily known as venue for musical performances. Here you can see productions of famous Italian operas such as Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata and Gioachino Rossini’s Barber of Seville, or performances of famous opera arias by singers from the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma or today’s Three Tenors. There are also frequent classical music concerts featuring works by composers including Beethoven, Schubert, and Vivaldi.

Booking tickets to one of the many concerts and performances held at St. Paul’s Within the Walls is the perfect way to both visit the lovely church interior and appreciate its excellent acoustics. The Three Tenors and the Virtuosi dell'Opera di Roma are two of the most popular performances, but there are also symphonic concerts and special musical events on Easter and New Year’s Eve. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. Paul’s Within the Walls is one of Italy’s most important Protestant churches and holds Episcopal services in English each Sunday.
  • If attending a musical performance, the dress code is smart casual.
  • The church is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The church is located on the corner of Via Nazionale and Via Napoli, about a 10-minute walk from Rome’s Termini train station or near the Piazza Repubblica stop on metro line A.

When to Get There
St. Paul’s Within the Walls is a beautiful backdrop for evening performances, though you can also visit Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm to simply tour the interior.

Art Exhibitions
In addition to concerts and operas, St. Paul’s Within the Walls often holds contemporary art exhibitions, which you can visit during their regular opening hours.
Location
Address: Via Napoli 58, Rome, Italy
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Ticket to ‘The Three Tenors’ Concert in Rome

Treat yourself to a night of opera in Rome with a ticket to ‘The Three Tenors’ with Napul’è Opera Arias and Ballet. Taking place at the atmospheric St. Pauls Within the Walls church, the performance includes operatic arias by three esteemed tenors and a ballet. Listen to overtures from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata among other traditional Neapolitan songs. The show also includes a tasting of pasta before the performance begins.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma: New Year's Concert

Rome is an atmospheric spot to welcome in the New Year, but you don’t have to party until dawn or battle the crowds. Instead, experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at the opera and enjoy a 2-hour performance by the acclaimed I Virtuosi dell'Opera di Roma, in the spectacular setting of the Church of St Paul within the Walls.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma: Enchanting Opera Arias

While in Rome, experience an unforgettable night at the opera, with a performance by the acclaimed I Virtuosi dell'Opera di Roma. Enjoy a classic 1.5-hour program of Italian opera, including arias and duets performed by internationally renowned singers, and a spectacular setting in the Church of St Paul within the Walls.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$25.41 USD
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Symphonic Season

Enjoy an evening of live classical music during a 90-minute concert in Rome. Choose from three seating sections and book in advance to guarantee your spot. There's something for everyone to enjoy, with a new concert offered every other week covering everything from Beethoven to movie scores. Set in the 19th century St. Paul's Within the Walls Church, your experience is bound to be both visual and auditory.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$23.10 USD
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Rome Uncovered: A Fully Private Walking Tour Through the Most Iconic Places of Rome

See Rome’s beautiful piazzas and landmarks on this walking tour through the historical center. With an insider guide, explore the Eternal City on a route that takes you along Via Veneto, past Villa Borghese, down Via Nazionale and by the Roman Forum area. Soak up the sights and atmosphere of five city piazzas: Repubblica, Quirinale, Barberini, Spagna and Popolo.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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