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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6800
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“virgin mary” (85 reviews)
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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6800
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the only church in Rome that took my breath away and it was the last one we visited in our trip. I can't explain why. It's just mind blowing. Maybe because it's less crowded and more peaceful, maybe it's something else I can't...More

Thank Ramutza A
Reviewed 2 days ago

Santa Maria Maggiore is the first Roman a lot of attraction which the tourist passes on the way from Termini. A beautiful legend tells that the Church was built on the spot where snow fell in one summer night of 352 AD. Madonna appeared at...More

Thank VadimM67
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A beautiful basilica very near the Termini station. A functioning church with an attached museum. Quiet, peaceful, filled with beauty.

Thank 847Lee847
Reviewed 4 days ago

You will feel peace once you enter this basilica, architecture and main altar are pretty much similar to Vatican.

Thank BeingBobby
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was my favorite cathedral to visit in Rome. I know.... how can that be. There are so many over the top beautiful churches, however this one touched me the most. It is one of the seats of Peter and a must see.

Thank BMandJS
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Every time, I am in Rome, I never failed to visit this church. My first activity commences and ends here. This is memorable to me, as this was the very first church, I visited, prayed & attended mass the first time I visited Rome way...More

Thank Kaning21
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you stay at Hotel Giuliana this will be very close by at the top of the street and your main land mark for getting around.

Thank up2npark
Reviewed 1 week ago

had the experience of staying in a hotel opposite this monument, unbelievable sights both inside and out, saw it from our hotel rooftop restaurant and at ground level, breathtaking and wonderful, feel special being able to visit such a place.

Thank Gary K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes another church, but lovely interior and well worth a visit. Unlike many, do please be respectful also - it is a Church after all

Thank Turtle5954
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used to stay just opposite to this place and every day had the view to this memorable building for sunrise and sunset.

Thank Abhi9Dhari
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Barbara L
16 September 2017|
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Response from Justine V | Reviewed this property |
When I was there, I recall seeing a sign saying "aperta tutti i giorni", which means "open every day." So I would guess that it's open on the 1st of May. That sign, as I remember, also gave the hours the Basilica is open... More
6 July 2017|
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Response from gpoppa2017 | Reviewed this property |
No tickets required. Usually, there are no lines, very relaxing to visit
24 June 2017|
Response from BetsyPerth_Australia | Reviewed this property |
You need to come when the mass is on. I heard it once in St Peter basilica a few days ago in one of the chapel.