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Basilica di San Lorenzo

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Address: Piazzale del Verano 3, 00185 Rome, Italy
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'Patriarchal' wonder - resting place of Pius IX

Situated outside the Walls of the City of Rome - the Basilica is about 25mins walk from Mary Major or the main Train Station in Central Rome. Important to note that the Basilica... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2015
Gordon W
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

Situated outside the Walls of the City of Rome - the Basilica is about 25mins walk from Mary Major or the main Train Station in Central Rome. Important to note that the Basilica is only open first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon early evening - closed mid afternoon. Very quite with lots of 12th & 13th... More 

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 August 2015

A short cab trip, rather than a walk from the majority of central Rome's sites, but one that gives you a real feel for the original churches, how they were constructed and used. This Basilica is a far cry from the opulence of the Vatican and St Peters, and most probably represents the true routes of design and worship in... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

This is not only an old church but also an old fashioned one. Its building is uniquely related to 12-13th century: simple and far from the typical luxury. However, it is considerably original and clearly reflects its construction era's situation and culture.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 1 August 2015

There are many churches in Rome -- far too many to visit in any length of days less than a year perhaps. But this church is worth visiting. You will need to take a cab to get to it but it is worth it. It is really two ancient churches over 1500 years old each that have been architecturally fused... More 

Northville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

This little known and seldom visited historic site was built in the 12th century and once owned by Emperor Constantine I. St. Lawrence, martyred in 253, as well as other saints and Fl. Pope Pius IX are buried at the Basilica which is the center of an ancient cemetery and burial complex. Several sarcophagi are within the basilica and complex... More 

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Fallon, Nevada
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Reviewed 5 January 2015

We actually got there at lunch time, so it was closed, but the attendant opened the church up for us, and allowed us to see it pretty much for as long as we wanted, but we couldn't turn the main lights on. Needless to say, it was difficult to admire the main church, but the lights under the altar, where... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

This place is nothing like as popular as it needs to be, yet easy to get to by bus and tram from Termini or San Giovanni in Laterano. A beautifully preserved early christian sanctuary and basilica which is one of the must dos of paleochristian rome

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

A bit more off the beaten track although we then discovered a number 3 tram links this with Basilica Santa Croce and Basilica San Giovanni. A much plainer building but a very accessible site. - less obvious control on visitors - not a criticism of other sites but more a reflection of the quietness of the area. Don't miss the... More 

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Venice, Italy
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Given its age, historical importance and beauty, San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura would attract many more visitors than it does, if it didn't lie in a part of Rome that is not frequented by many tourists. But don't let this put you off, for the church can easily be reached by public transport (both the 492 and 71 buses pass... More 

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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We took a late afternoon walk from our hotel to San Lorenzo church... and it was well worth the long walk :) This is a beautiful church that seems to be overlooked on the Tourist map.. there was only about 10 people in this beautiful and very peaceful church. Its got a really spiritual feel to it. We took our... More 

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San Lorenzo may look all street with its pulse in urban art and street food, but don’t be fooled. This gritty student neighbourhood immediately east of Termini train station is on the avant-garde rise. Art galleries, curated mural projects by artists like Rome’s favorite Alice, charming cafes, and boutique restaurants are slowly infiltrating the streets of San Lorenzo with counter-culture chic. Don’t worry, San Lorenzo still retains its local vibe with weekend festivals and demonstrations, and is always a hub for Rome’s university student scene.
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