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Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli

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Address: Scala dell'Arcicapitolina, 12, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 6976 3839
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Rome as Rome is.....or was........

Much history here. Iconic Rome! At the summit of Capitoline Hill (one of the Seven Hills of Rome), tucked behind the grandiose Victor Emmanuel Monument and Palazzo Nuovo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Woodbridge, Connecticut
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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Much history here. Iconic Rome! At the summit of Capitoline Hill (one of the Seven Hills of Rome), tucked behind the grandiose Victor Emmanuel Monument and Palazzo Nuovo, stands this nondescript brick faced façade behind which is the ‘Alter in the Sky’….in many respects is the example of what Rome is. Of special note is the huge rectangular gilded coffered... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unassuming from the outside, rich in detail on the inside. Rome is the city to go to for discovering the history of the Catholic Church and this is one of the best in my opinion. The ceiling, the stained glass, the alter, the side chapels; so much to soak in and appreciate. One of, if not my favorite in Rome.

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite a few steps to climb but not too bad. Definitely worth the climb the inside was really stunning. Church is about 900 years old and is located on a hilltop right near Altare Della Patria.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful church. Take time to appreciate the bees in the stained glass. We sat on the steps and watched the sun set over Trastevere, it was beautiful too. While there take a moment to walk behind the church and take in the views of the forum from behind the VIctorio Emanuele monument it is my favourite place... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This landmark Romanesque Basilica from the 6th C. was given to the Franciscans in 1250 and is located on Capitoline Hill, affording stunning views of the adjacent square, the Victor Emmanuel II Monument and Piazza Venezia in central Rome. The ruins of the ancient temple of Juno Moneta were apparently incorporated into the building. The steep "Stairway to Heaven" with... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The steps leading up to the church looked intimidating , but the climb was easy and the church well worth a visit -- situated at the top of the Campidoglio, next to the Capitoline Museum. The church contains some interesting artworks including Pinturicchio frescoes, the statue of Santo Bambino carved from olive wood from the Garden of Gethsemane and the... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We came across this gem on our 1st day in Rome. The climb up the steps to the church of Santa Maria In Aracoeli is a steep climb but once at the top you walk into a beautiful church well worth the walk up the steps. On the outside of the church the views are stunning it overlooks the Musei... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli in at the top of the flight of stairs next to Michelangelo's Cordonata. The Medieval church is stunning. Don't forget to look down at the Cosmatesque floors. When you're finished at the church, walk out of the right-hand side transcept, walk down a few stairs and you will be at the level... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The church is best known for housing St. Helena's relics. There are frescoes by Cavallini and Pinturicchio. Also of interest are the columns supporting the church which were all scavenged from Roman ruins and which are all different.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli is very deceiving with its plain facade, visited a while back. Once you walk up the step stairs and walk through the door you are taken back by its beauty.

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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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood 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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