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Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

#66 of 1,312 things to do in Rome
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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
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Address: Scala Dell'Arce Capitolina 12, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 6976 3839
09:00 - 17:30
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A truly magnificent building that dominates the skyline in this part of Rome plenty of photo opportunities but don't sit down on the steps as you'll be moved along sharpish

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

A truly magnificent building that dominates the skyline in this part of Rome plenty of photo opportunities but don't sit down on the steps as you'll be moved along sharpish

Thank yoaligboy
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Take a quick photo stop next to the stairs leading up to it. Located right behind the Vitoria Emmanuel monument as you move towards the Marcelo Theatre.

Thank ankeet_sinha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This Basilica really is something else. Not much to look at from the outside, and honestly if I had not been told about it probably would not have gone in. It's absolutely stunning. Definitely worth a visit. Do watch the steps though, they are slippery ;)

1 Thank Kristin W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This was one of the most spectacular church that I saw in Rome. Don't be confused by the outside of this place, because the real beauty is inside. Visited it on afternoon and there the church was not overcrowded, in comparison with other tourist attractions in Rome.

1 Thank Gatis D
Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

A beautiful Basilica (although the steps up are rather arduous). Look down at the beautiful, ancient tiles on the floor and explore the MANY little chapels around the walls of the church. If possible visit when it is getting dark as the chandeliers will be lit...adding to the magical feel of the place. Don't expect just a quick visit, you'll... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

This church would be the finest landmark in many cities around the world. But in Rome it is as unremarkable as a supermarket. We popped in by chance and really enjoyed it. Welcome solace from the beating sun and a chance to rest our feet. We lit a candle each - suggested donation 50 cents.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This Basilica is slightly different from the many others in Rome, and therefore I think worth a visit. It is right next to the Capitoline museums (and the Roman Forum), and hence easy to get to. Once you have climbed the steps - turn around! It is a really good view over the rooflines of Rome. Once inside, check out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

After a trip to the Capitoline museums which is next door to the church, the family were ready to escape back to our air conditioned apartment. I was high on Roman culture, and ready for another dose when I saw a mountain of steps and a simple little church at the top! The kids and Dad, went to rest on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

The artistic statues, and the drawings are so beautiful, the ceiling alone is breath taking!! You have to buy water before entering the Holy church, because you are going to spend a lot of time there..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing designs. Amazing architecture, paintings on the walls and ceiling. Loved the church and it was good to relax in when it was hot outside. Nice breeze running through here. Free to visit too.

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this neighbourhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighbourhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.
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