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  • Darshani P
    London, UK52 contributions
    It’s unreal and so beautiful to witness it in yourself. The place was so busy but beautiful.

    If you are in Rome highly recommended to visit.
    Written September 23, 2023
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  • Rooombiter
    Isle of Wight, UK622 contributions
    When I was at the Trevi fountain in 1977 I threw in a coin so returning to Rome in 2023 I had to go back and see it.
    Still beautiful, still the most impressive fountain I have seen…of course it’s busy but the crowd were good natured and someone offered me a seat so after resting a while I paid someone else the same courtesy.

    People were not taking selfies in 1977 of course, I wonder what they will be doing 2069… hopefully still enjoying this incredible work of art.
    Written September 25, 2023
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  • trip-radar
    Rhodes Town, Greece478 contributions
    It is really impressive to walk across this beautiful piazza with all the typical, colorful Roman buildings and the monuments.
    Written September 23, 2023
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  • Taylor E
    Prosper, TX3 contributions
    Loved visiting this church, so glad we made a point to walk over. I loved this church just as much as Peter’s Basilica. It’s free,
    We did the colosseum had lunch on the way to the church then got Gelato after the church.
    Written September 16, 2023
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  • Mark D
    Newcastle, Australia2,355 contributions

    What a wonderful part of Roma! The Trastevere is a quieter part of Roma that is just as exciting, less expensive & better more genuine food than most other areas. Fantastic old streets, Restaurants, Cafes & Bars. Highly recommended
    Written September 20, 2023
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  • Rooombiter
    Isle of Wight, UK622 contributions
    I last visited here 50 years ago so enjoyed another look at this huge monolithic edifice.
    It’s a warm climb in the summer but well worth it as the views are amazing.
    We went in the morning in September and it wasn’t crazy busy.

    The roundabout below the monument was being excavated so it was messy (but it is Rome after all) and there was scaffolding at the front of the monument so our view looking up from the bottom was bit obscured…..but it’s an incredible spectacle nonetheless.

    I remember seeing old film footage of Mussolini holding a rally here, the scale of it is incredible.
    You can pay to go inside the museum, I was a bit confused by what was free and what was not, we didn’t pay to go inside or in the elevator in the end….the free views we were getting of the city after climbing the stairs were awesome anyway.
    We could have spent a couple of hours here, I’m looking forward to returning.
    Written September 22, 2023
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  • robertadi
    4 contributions
    We were delighted we made the reservation a month in advance because it was completely booked for days. You only have a 2-hour window, and within that time, you must turn in all items, including purses.
    Written September 14, 2023
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  • Oliver S
    New York City, NY11,361 contributions
    Yes, this is the Bishop of Rome’s church. And who is the Bishop of Rome? The Pope, of course. This is where he gives sermons on the most important catholic holidays days. The second most important church in Rome, after San Pietro. And not too far from beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore. Fantastic mosaics, but most importantly – the ORIGINAL DOORS OF THE ROMAN SENATE, we are talking 2000 years+… Do not wear shorts (man or woman), they won’t let you enter. Lovely cloister and Roman artifacts museum (€4 admission charge). Convenient taxi stand right in front, Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano.
    Written September 18, 2023
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  • Jon
    2 contributions
    Never before have I ever witnessed somewhere so ostentatious, the art, the history, everything from floor to ceiling is so flamboyant in such an incredible way. You feel like you’re walking in the footsteps of people with such historic importance, and even if you aren’t religious it is an amazing opportunity to see some truly magnificent artwork. My mind was blown.
    You could spend 100 years looking at the art on display and still find something new every time you looked around.
    Written September 5, 2023
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  • Ving Traveler
    Bronx, NY49 contributions
    Really incredible area to just walk around and take in the awesome history behind the various sites. Everywhere you walk you see pieces of history.
    Written July 28, 2023
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  • Getaway753172
    Scotland, UK4 contributions
    We took metro to spagna station and come out straight onto shopping area. Steps busy with fountain at bottom. Worth the climb though
    Written August 5, 2023
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  • Oliver S
    New York City, NY11,361 contributions

    Have lunch at Alfredo della Scrofa where the original Fettuccine Alfredo sauce was invented, then walk for only four minutes to this lovely church, opening at 2:30PM and admire the mosaics, the altar and an original Caravaggio. Free admission.
    Written September 18, 2023
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  • soinic
    Lux.1,871 contributions
    In Rome you get quickly fed up with "visiting churches" ... but you should have a look at this church and its treasures!

    Moses sculpture from Michelangelo is very impressive, so beautiful ... you can also admire the chains which once bound St Peter ...

    No entry fee, no tourist invasion!

    Great to enjoy a special, calm moment in this church.
    Written August 14, 2023
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  • SMLikestoTravel
    Bengaluru, India223 contributions
    This is a must visit place when in Rome. Less crowded compared to the other famous fountain, the Trevi fountain. Masterpiece by Bernini depicting the four famous rivers. We walked here after our visit to the Pantheon.
    Written August 19, 2023
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  • Mark D
    Newcastle, Australia2,355 contributions
    Simply an amazing Basilica. Basilica di S Maria in Trastevere is located within the Piazza di Santa Maria v Trastevere. A little off beat but simply Amazing
    Written September 21, 2023
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