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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 698 86800
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Description: One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in...
One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in 432 AD and is where the famous architect Bernini is buried.
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Maria Maggiore

Amazing church. Went in not really knowing anything about it. The interior is stunning. It was right near our hotel so we popped in more than once.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Amazing church. Went in not really knowing anything about it. The interior is stunning. It was right near our hotel so we popped in more than once.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

The first church on our Rome trip as close to hotel and the one that put a smile on our face and took my breath away. Wow so beautiful 5 days later as our trip ends this has remained our benchmark and over 20 churches later some major ones some by chance only St Peter's has beaten it. Simply beautiful.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This is one of the 4 major basilicas in Rome.dating back to the 5th century, this is a monumental basilica.This was a very nice church with a beautifully decorated interior and lovely decorations. One thing that I would warn you on is the number of Gypsies and Hawkers in the square outside the church, As in any church in Rome,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This Basilica was close to our hotel. It is absolutely beautiful and worth a visit. Very popular with tourists. Again the size is amazing. It is one of the four major papal basilicas in Rome

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The first stop when you take Hop on Hop off… Its simply beautiful inside out and one of the five great ancient basilicas of Rome. Athenian marble columns supporting the nave are the oldest parts of the church, medieval bell tower which is the highest in Rome, the golden mosaics of the triumphal arch everything is admirable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Make sure to visit this great place, as it you will enjoy it much more. It sits in a piazza with much fewer tourists and vendors, so you will appreciate it more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit as this place is simply beautiful. As you wander around take a look up to the ceiling, the detail and imagery is breath taking. There are a series of small side chapels within, some of which are used. There are signs outside those being used where services are actually taking place asking that photos are not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We were there for Easter Mass. It was beautiful and well cared for. It has an archeological tour that you can take so make sure that you do it before you leave the church

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The ceiling of the church is breathtaking. Its one of the ch8urches directly under vatican. So, if you use the Roma Christina tour, it includes a audio guide for this place and gives you an entry to the crypt as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Easy walking from Termini, this is another great basilica to visit. The decoration is beautiful and reflects later updates to what is essentially a medieval basilica that pre-dates Saint Peters.

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Monti is Rome’s rebel yell. This neighborhood just west of Termini train station mixes grit with fun as it continues to fight for its reputation as a magnet for the artsy, alternative, and hipster. Every season, quirky boutiques and food spots sprout up on its cobblestone streets. The neighborhood supports unique and homegrown businesses that cater to its longtime residents as well as hipsters on the hunt. Hang out at Piazza della Madonna dei Monti anytime after lunch and you'll always find something going on.