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Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
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Address: Scala Dell'Arce Capitolina 12, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Vittoriano Santa Maria in Aracoeli and Capitol Hill Small Group Tour in Rome
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You'll easily recognize this church, not due to anything striking on the outside of the building which is very plain, but by the two hundred something steps leading up to the main... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
James I
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You'll easily recognize this church, not due to anything striking on the outside of the building which is very plain, but by the two hundred something steps leading up to the main door right by capital hill. Ignore the plain exterior, it is worth the climb. Inside you'll find yet another amazing church of Rome, this one having the unique... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The church, though looking deceptively small and plain from the outside is a large and lavishly decorated space from the inside. Who would have thought you could get so many chandeliers in a church? It looks as though each era has added something to the church, resulting in a very ornate, even 'over the top' décor. Choral music was being... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was worth the climb. For the sights from above but also to see this church inside. Go on do it!!! It is only 222 steps

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is located right behind the Victor Emmanuel Monument. We decided to go in after climbing the 133 steps to the top. It is very plain on the outside however we were shocked at how ornate the inside is. Mind you we have been in plenty of churches throughout Europe this one seems so ornate I could not stop wandering... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is situated adjacent to the Piazza del Campidoglio. it is rather plain looking on the outside but the inside is another story. The church has a very large number of chandeliers inside which makes it different from any other church I have seen either in Rome or elsewhere. It is very well worth visiting.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so excited to stumble into this church with no preplanning, it was just something that caught our eye after we visited the Altare della Patria next door. In a word, wow. The interior of this church is unlike anything we have ever seen. The number of chandeliers is remarkable, as are the frescos, as is the ceiling. We... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is at the end of an extremely steep staircase to the Capitol Hill. Inside, it looks deeper than the other churches around.

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Having walked through Piazza Venezia and past the front of the Victor Emmanuel Monument (see other review), we walked up the 124 marble steps of the AriCoeli staircase (there's only 122 steps on the right handside) to the top of the Capitoline Hill. In front of us was the somewhat uninviting outside of Santa Maria in AraCoeli, which stands on... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven sits on the Capitoline Hill, between the Vittoriano and the Piazza Campidoglio. It is reached up a monumental staircase (or better yet, cut through the back entrance from the Piazza Campidoglio). While the outside is plain, the interior certainly is not! The magnificent ceiling is of carved and gilded wood;... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is a beautiful church on the Capitoline Hill. The outside is different from many churches in Rome being mainly brick and being fairly plain. Access at the front is gained by climbing a large number of stairs. However, the climb is worth it because the inside of the church is very beautiful. A beautiful ceiling with art and statues... More 

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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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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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