The church is also known as ‘St. Francis’, and was built at the behest of Pope Simplicio. It was annexed to the ancient monastery, the seat of the Benedictine monks of Farfa, near the entrance of Villa d’Este.
The church has a wonderful façade with a gothic marble portal, built by Angelo da Tivoli, topped by an elegant rose-ray. The cosmatesque floor dates back to the thirteenth century. The Romanesque bell tower is made of red brick.
Inside is the “Tomb of Ippolito II d’Este”, the old governor of Tivoli, a crucifix dating from the fifteenth century, the “Altarpiece of the Virgin,” the “table with the praying Virgin “, the “table of Saint Antonio of Padua” and the fresco of the “Madonna and Child” contained in the Renaissance tabernacle.
Each 14 August, in the square outside the church, there is the so-called ‘dell’Inchinata Feast’, a religious ceremony during which the image of the Holy Saviour meets with the statue of the Madonna delle Grazie, to create an evocative mutual bow.