Sala 1: One of the top 10 places to visit in Rome for free.

We are excited to share that Sala 1, a contemporary art gallery housed in the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Scala Santa in San Giovanni, was recently named by The Guardian as one of the top 10 places to visit in Rome for free. Opened in 1970, Sala 1 was one of the city’s first galleries to showcase experimental and contemporary art, architecture, performance, and music. Under the direction of Mary Angela Schroth, Sala 1 has thrived. Mary Angela has also played an essential role in the restoration of the Scala Santa, which was made possible by the generosity of the Patrons community. If you find yourself in Rome, be sure to visit the Scala Santa and Sala 1 !