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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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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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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed today

We only had one layover to go sightsee and this was the perfect choice. We went in the evening by foot from the main train station. No queue, but you have to pass through a metal detector. The art and architecture are stunning, there is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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This church is absolutely incredible. The details inside are breathtaking. Free entry and no line if you go early The ceiling is incredible

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Very near to the Termini station this is worth a visit. It has security because of the Vatican connection but on the rainy day we went the line was very short. Bernini's tomb is surprisingly basic given all of the beautiful statues he created.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Its architecture, age, history is mind blowing. make sure you visit late in the evening where there are not so many tourists. keep in mind it closes 7pm

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank niba623
Reviewed 2 days ago

Not to be missed. This was absolutely breathtaking, decor was something else. We went in on Sunday and a service was in progress, the singing from the choir was very moving. Free to enter

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Steve J
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore may not be on everyone's list of places to visit while in Rome, but this "hidden" gem is amazing. Upon entering your breathe is taken away and you get to observe some of the best artwork created within this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Christopher H
Reviewed 4 days ago

An absolute gem of a place to visit, so beautiful words can't describe how wonderful it is. free to get in.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Paulk1973
Reviewed 4 days ago

A beautiful basilica, with a spectacularly ornate ceiling. Its architecture, age, history and magnificence took my breath away. Fortunately we came upon this by chance on our way home late in the evening, when there were few other visitors. Unfortunately it closed at 7pm, so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank AdelaideTraveller888
Reviewed 4 days ago

We ate here with our Tour guide in Rome. We loved her recommendation and we all had a great time. My best birthday ever

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Elaine8675309
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had to visit as was near the hotel. Well worth it. I don't think there are many Basilica that aren't beautiful.

Date of experience: February 2019
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November 22, 2018|
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November 4, 2018|
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Response from espaie | Reviewed this property |
it's a free experience, like the entrance into other basilicas in Rome
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Tim B
Bristol, United Kingdom
Food then Bars/Pubs and Clubs (6 Replies)
Hello, Me and two friends all male are staying near Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and looking for recommendations for food then Bars/Pubs and Clubs. Can anyone help recommend anything near by or a short taxi journey. Thanks.
May 14, 2012|
Response fromwhiskeyr|
I asked something similar, wanting to experience a little nightlife while in Rome and was met on this forum with disdain, condescension and a general holier than thou attitude. I will be in Rome next week and will report back on the nightlife, if it is still relevant to you.
Charl V
Loughton,Essex,UK
Restaurants in Rome (12 Replies)
Could someone recommend any good Italian restaurants in Rome and if possible close to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Thanks
February 01, 2012|
Response fromsydneynick|
Any restaurant in Italy that calls itself an "Italian restaurant" is aiming at tourists. In Italy, there is no such thing as the "Italian food" that you find in UK. There is Tuscan food, or Lombardy food, and so on: it is all regional. If you want good authentic Italian cooking, you must first decide what region has the food that interests you. But there are thousands of restaurants of all kinds in Rome, and they all display their menu with prices. We just walk around until we find one...More
GovGirl
New Orleans, LA
Saturday mass question (4 Replies)
We will be arriving in Rome on a Saturday afternoon, and staying close to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. I was wondering if there is a vigil mass Saturday that we could attend so we can go to the Colosseum first thing Sunday morning.
February 07, 2016|
Response fromGovGirl|
I saw that mass schedule previously, but it says weekdays, it doesn't list Saturday. Do the churches in Rome not have mass on Saturday? If they do, does the evening mass count for Sunday?