Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore 42, 00100 Rome, Italy
56 reviews

Beautiful church with high, ornate ceilings and countless altars. It's elaborate and grand and makes you feel small without making you feel insignificant. It's a little known fact that the tomb of Gianlorenzo Bernini rests here; blink and you could miss the step indicating its location. It's also said that there are remnants of Jesus' baby crib kept here, though ...

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    0.17 mi

    Santa Pudenziana

    160 Via Urbana, Rome 00184 Italy
    0.17 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    2 reviews

    Santa Pudenziana is probably the oldest Christian church in Rome. It doesn’t look interesting at all from the outside, and inside it’s pretty plain, but the main attraction here are the 4th century mosaics (they have been restored). The mosaics (considered to be the oldest in Rome) are very impressive and colorful, they depict some religious scene. It’s worth a ...

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  • 2
    0.11 mi

    The Fiddler's Elbow

    Via dell'Olmata 43, Rome 00184, Italy
    0.11 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    1 review

    Oh my GOD, how I love this place. If you're a proper American or British person craving a proper "bar," as we call it on our side, this is your place. Gino and his team run a nice, cozy little pub that serves up a variety of Irish beers on tap and hard liquors of all sorts. The place is ...

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    0.18 mi

    Langella Rosario

    Via Merulana 33, Rome 00184, Italy
    0.18 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    1 review

    If you're strolling down Via Merulana and you desperately need a snack or something to drink, this small convenience store could be your cost-effective answer. It's modest yet filled with items, so you're sure to find something that you want.

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    0.06 mi

    Santa Prassede

    Via di Santa Prassede, 25, Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
    0.06 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    1 review

    The church in its current form was commissioned by Pope Hadrian I around the year 780, and built on top of the remains of a 5th-century structure and was designed to house the bones of Saint Praxedes and Saint Pudentiana. The two female saints were murdered for providing Christian burial for early martyrs in defiance of Roman law. The basilica ...

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  • 5
    0.05 mi

    Context Travel Tours Rome

    Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy
    0.05 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    1 review

    We have taken many Context Travel tours in Europe and the USA. In Rome, they have been great for visiting the Vatican, where there is so much stuff, the docents help you focus on what is important and skip the rest. Or the Coliseum and Imperial Forums, where background information about ancient Roman history helps to understand what you are ...

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  • 6
    0.11 mi

    Druid's Den

    Via di San Martino Ai Monti, 28, 00184 Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
    0.11 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    1 review

    Great Irish pub in Rome (I know, right?). Small but homey and friendly. Good drinks, great live music on the weekends and Tony's a hoot behind the bar. Staff is multilingual (English, Italian, German, etc.) so come for a true international experience.

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    0.57 mi


    Piazza del Colosseo 1, 00184 Rome, Italy
    0.57 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    507 reviews

    The line to get in is a bit long, but it's definitely worth it! Seeing it from the outside is great, but I would recommend going inside too.

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  • 8
    0.84 mi

    Trevi Fountain

    Piazza di Trevi, Rome 00187, Italy
    0.84 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    398 reviews

    It's extremely difficult to get close to Trevi Fountain because of all the people around, but if you are determined, you will do it. We took lots of pictures here.

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  • 9
    0.72 mi

    Roman Forum

    Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00186 Italy
    0.72 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    175 reviews

    The Foro di Roma is where all the ancient public buildings used to stand and it's a nice walk to see all the ruins and how large it was. Parts of it are more conserved than others and, for me, the gardens were the most beautiful part of it.

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  • 10
    0.53 mi

    Spanish Steps

    Rome, Italy
    0.53 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    163 reviews

    Looking down from the top of the Spanish Steps. A great gathering spot and you will routinely find small groups hanging out here socializing and people watching.

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  • 11
    0.92 mi

    Piazza di Spagna

    Piazza di Spagna, Rome 00187 Italy
    0.92 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    111 reviews

    One of the most beautiful squares in Rome. From here you can visit the streets of purchases: Via dei Condotti, Via del Corso and Via del Babuino!

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  • 12
    0.87 mi

    Piazza Venezia

    Piazza Venezia, Rome 00187 Italy
    0.87 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    85 reviews

    Piazza Venezia is a beautiful initial welcome to Rome. I recall our tour bus passing it the first time I came here half a year ago. I overheard some tourists a few days ago at Castel Sant'Angelo talking about how their taxi drove past here twice. It's impressive. It's also wildly crazy and crowded. I prefer the more pedestrian-friendly piazze. ...

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  • 13
    0.67 mi

    Arch of Constantine

    Via di San Gregorio, 00186 Rome, Italy
    0.67 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    83 reviews

    Like almost everything in Rome, the Arch of Constantine is just breathtaking due to its history and artistic intricacies. Located between the Coloseum and the Roman Forum, it is easy to do these three must see destinations in the same day.

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  • 14
    0.84 mi

    Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

    Piazza Venezia 3, Rome 00187 Italy
    0.84 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    43 reviews

    You'll gonna find the monument to the unknown soldier here, the migration museum, and the unification battles history too.

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  • 15
    0.87 mi

    Palatine Hill

    Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53, Rome 00186 Italy
    0.87 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    40 reviews

    Nothing spectacular just a tree but what made it special is that this tree is standing tall and alone in the middle of every stone of blocks inside the palatine hill. I just think it is beautiful with a spooky funny feature, just right for this Halloween season :) see for yourself.

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  • 16
    0.39 mi

    Piazza della Repubblica

    Piazza della Repubblica, Rome 00185 Italy
    0.39 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    41 reviews

    this is quite an impressive structure, here to comemmorate past soldiers, a must see, just down the road from trevvi fountain

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  • 17
    0.88 mi

    Piazza del Campidoglio

    Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome 00186, Italy
    0.88 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    30 reviews

    I absolutely loved it here. Whether during the day, the sunset or at night, Piazza del Campidoglio is beautiful and offers an amazing view of Piazza Venezia and much of Rome. Walk to the side of the Musei Capitolini to find a little quiet area where you can sit and watch the sun set over Rome. Amazing.

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  • 18
    0.66 mi

    Via dei Fori Imperiali

    Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00186 Italy
    0.66 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    22 reviews

    If you come to Rome you must visit the Roman Forum!

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  • 19
    0.4 mi

    San Pietro in Vincoli

    Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4a, 00184 Rome, Italy
    0.4 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    24 reviews

    Another Michelangelo's masterpiece is found in this particular church; and it's the statue of Moses. Not so grand but the details are incredibly impressive, that even Michelangelo himself said: "Talk Moses! TALK!"

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  • 20
    0.76 mi

    San Giovanni in Laterano

    Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 00184 Rome, Italy
    0.76 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    22 reviews

    What amazes me most about Rome is that many of its beautiful attractions are free. San Giovanni in Laterano is no exception. It's huge. Glorious. Stunning. Alive. Walking in here takes the breath away. And for an opposite experience, pay 3€ for the cloisters for some peace and quiet. PS: There's a public restroom here. You're welcome!

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