The Trinità dei Monti is at the top of the so-called "Spanish Steps" off the Piazza di Spagna. If you are at Piazza Barberini, you can walk the three blocks up the Via Sistina to the Trinità. Or, if you are at the bottom of the steps, you must either climb them or take an elevator, located inside the Metro station.
The convent entrance is directly across the street from the large "M" indicating the Metro stop. (Important: The fresco is in the convent. Do not take either of two staircases leading to the church.) Ring the bell at the top of the convent entrance stairs, and the person who answers will direct you from there. The chapel should be open daily until 7 or 8 p.m.
No appointments are necessary. It is helpful to present your Sacred Heart passport available through the Network of Sacred Heart Schools (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These are the hours when access is possible to visit the Mater Chapel at the Trinita dei Monti (as of June 2015):
The visiting hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Ring the bell and let them know you are visiting the “MADONNA.”
The people who attend the reception are nice and they know Sacred Heart very well, it is better to say one is associated with Sacred Heart as an Alum, friend, current student, etc.
Telephone number (39) 06 67 94 179
Mass on Sundays at the big church is at 11:00 AM and in French; very solemn and reverent. After Mass the monks invite people to have refreshments in the “claustro.”
There is a guided tour of the monastery: at 11AM - Saturdays in Italian / Tuesdays in French
Pictures of Mater and soon, medals are available.
Notes from 2006:
A new community, Monasteries of Jerusalem, is succeeding the Society of the Sacred Heart at the Trinità, closing a 178-year-long chapter in which the Society has provided staffing there. The French government, which has owned the Trinità throughout those years, is undertaking major renovations and had demanded a significant reinforcement of personnel – a demand that the RSCJ provincials of France and Italy were unable to meet, given the aging of their memberships and the Society’s commitment to its educational mission worldwide.
John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley lived in a house at the foot of the Spanish Steps: