Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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

Visit Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major) if only to see Bernini's magnificant staircase! There are 80 churches in Rome dedicated to Mary. This is the largest and considered the most important, thus, the label "maggiore". Along with St. Peter's, St. John's and St. Paul's, this is one of four papal basilicas in Rome. Dating back to the 5th century, ...

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    0.17 mi

    Santa Pudenziana

    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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    0.11 mi

    The Fiddler's Elbow

    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

    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

    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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    Context Travel Tours Rome

    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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    0.22 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    1 review

    Rome's very first gay bar is still around and kicking today. Leave your dancing shoes at home, because this spot is exclusively for sipping. Opened by a half-American couple, this watering hole has been in business since the early 80's, and attracts a nice slice of the international LGBT crowd. Check your ego at the door, and drink in the ...

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    0.11 mi

    Druid's Den

    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 from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    514 reviews

    The gladiators in combat is sad but the structure is too historical to miss. Must See in Rome. Avoid the Photo Op costumed gladiators unless you want to pay a significant amount for the photos. $5 was insultingly too little and I didn't value the photos for more. Not a pleasant exchange, especially with gladiator types.

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    0.84 mi

    Trevi Fountain

    0.84 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    402 reviews

    Toss a coin over tour shoulder into the fountain to ensure your return to Rome. Do it. You want to come back. One of the most famous of Rome's many beautiful fountains.

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    0.72 mi

    Roman Forum

    0.72 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    177 reviews

    There's so much to see here. The colosseum, several arches, ruins of old temples, and Caesar's tomb. I loved it.

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  • 11
    0.53 mi

    Spanish Steps

    0.53 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    166 reviews

    One of the most famous and elegant squares of Rome. From this square start the two most elegant streets of Rome for purchases: Via dei Condotti and Via del Babuino!

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    0.92 mi

    Piazza di Spagna

    0.92 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    112 reviews

    Sinuous, elegant, sensual steps leading from Rome's center to the Borghese Gardens. Built following the ideas of an Italian Pope and the designed by an Italian architect (Francesco de Salvi), it was financed by a French King, and it takes its name from the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See which is nearby. It is currently Rome's most iconic sight.

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  • 13
    0.87 mi

    Piazza Venezia

    0.87 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    86 reviews

    Busy road junction in the centre of the old city that contains the Vittorio Emanuelle Monument as well as the Palazzio Venezia from whose balcony Mussolini used to make his speeches.

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    0.67 mi

    Arch of Constantine

    0.67 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    84 reviews

    The Arch of Constantine (Italian: Arco di Costantino) is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312.[1] Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome, ...

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  • 15
    0.84 mi

    Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

    0.84 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    44 reviews

    The Vittorio Emanuele Monument is a pretty ugly building and is totally out of place next to the Roman Forum and other historical sites. Romans hate it. It is commonly known as the Wedding Cake. But there is a very good reason to visit it. Take a glass elevator to the top terrace and you will get the best 360 ...

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  • 16
    0.87 mi

    Palatine Hill

    0.87 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    42 reviews

    A lovely place to rest with views of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill is one of Rome's famous hills. The walk is lovely and the place is historic. It's worth a visit if you're already visiting the Foro Romano, but the view isn't anything compared to Gianicolo in Trastevere.

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    0.39 mi

    Piazza della Repubblica

    0.39 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    41 reviews

    Mainly a traffic circle with a giant fountain, this is just close to Termini and also backs right up on the Terme di Diocleziano.

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    0.88 mi

    Piazza del Campidoglio

    0.88 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    31 reviews

    This piazza is fun to explore, and there is always a vibrant crowd of tourists, government officials and people just looking to get some fresh air. The best time to come here is on the weekends when official business is generally light. This is a great piazza for the kids to walk around and see the different statues, buildings and ...

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  • 19
    0.66 mi

    Via dei Fori Imperiali

    0.66 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    23 reviews

    the heart of the empire is here

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  • 20
    0.4 mi

    San Pietro in Vincoli

    0.4 mi from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    25 reviews

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