Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls ~ San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura
About the Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls
This Basilica is dedicate to the Roman Deacon, Lawrence, who was one of 7 Deacons serving the Church of Rome in 258 AD. This Deacon was ordered, by Roman officials, to collect all of the Church’s wealth and give it to the authorities. Instead of doing this, Lawrence gave the money to the poor and needy, which resulted in his death. During the 6th century, Emperor Constantine built the Basilica near the site of Lawerence’s Martydom. The church was damaged during World War II, however repairs were quickly done and most of the original building is still intact.
Address: Piazzale del Verano, 3, 00185 Rome
*Website is in Italian only
Tram 3 & 19 – Verano Stop
Several buses stop near the Basilica.
Hours of Operation
7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm – Monday to Saturday
9 am to 6 pm – Sunday
9 am to 1 pm – State Holidays
The Basilica is closed to tourists during celebrations.
Dress conservatively – thin strapped shirts and short shorts are prohibited. As an alternative, carry a scarf to cover your shoulders and legs while visiting the Basilica.
There are many vendors around Rome that sell cheap scarves.