Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Campitelli
How to get there
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 10 min walk
  • Colosseo • 10 min walk
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Gareth P
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing site, well worth a visit, full of character, paintings, everything.

A very good experience a well worth the time
Written 21 June 2024
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Nilfheilm
Europe304 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A ridiculous over the top church. Ridiculous amount of decoration, including multiple chandeliers, never seen any reason for this nonsense,
Written 9 June 2024
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Maura K
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The climb up to this Basilica is well worth the effort. This is stunning, with many fine paintings and works of architecture inside. The man in the little gift shop to the side was very hospitable and even gave us information in English on specific works of art and architecture within the Basilica. It’s a pity that there is no translation into English and other languages on any sign/point of information. It is all written in Italian only. There is no admission charge.
Written 6 June 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The most striking feature of this Capitoline Hill basilica is the huge number of stairs to get up to it. 124 to be exact.
This was enough to put me off although I’ve since learnt that the plain, drab facade hides a very lovely interior so I’m a bit sorry now that I didn’t just take a deep breath and head up the stairs.
Inside are relics or remains of Helena, Constantine the Great's mother. Later, inside the Capitoline Museum, we would see a statue of Helena in centre place in the Hall of Emperors so it’s a shame we didn’t go inside the basilica. It would have been good to make the connection.
I’ve also since learnt that you can enter a side door from Piazza del Campidoglio - I wish I’d known that sooner.
The marble stairs in themselves are quite a feature. Built in the 13th century, the marble was mostly scavenged from ancient sites.
Apparently in the 17th century, it was a favourite haunt for travellers, foreigners and peasant farmers who travelled into the city markets. They often slept overnight on the stairs. It can’t have been very comfortable and you’d have thought they weren’t bothering anyone. However it bothered Prince Caffarelli enormously. Fuming away in his palazzo on Capitoline Hill, he ordered barrels full of stones to be rolled down the stairs until eventually authorities intervened and closed off the staircase with gates.
A curious superstition also surrounds the stairs. It was said that if a woman climbed the stairs on her knees, she could ensure a pregnancy.
Written 11 May 2024
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Robert M
Delray Beach, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
One of the most spectacular churches in Roma. Worth the flight of stairs! Overwhelming beauty in every inch of the space.
Written 26 December 2023
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
...the interior to this basilica was very ornate and colourful. It is the church of the city council of Rome. It purportedly holds relics once owned by Helena, Constantine the Great's mother.
Written 4 April 2023
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK8,881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a very steep set of stairs leading up to this beautiful basilica. Amazing views and nestled next to Piazza del Campidoglio it’s as if it is hidden away.
Stunning architecture and amazing artwork, as with all basilicas in Rome, done miss this fantastic looking building.
Written 25 October 2022
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Laura S
Jacksonville, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
No need to reiterate what others have said but this is probably my favorite church in Rome, and that is saying quite a bit. Gorgeous interior that would take a lifetime to study in detail. It is easier to reach by walking up the cordonata the gently sloping staircase by Michaelangelo, on the right. Go in through the side door of the basilica if you want to attend morning Mass. The chapel where Mass is offered is on the right side.
Written 13 July 2022
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Exploring Chris
Calgary, Canada245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The exterior of this cathedral is fairly unassuming compared to many of the other cathedrals/basilicas in Rome, so we we spent many trips to Rome passing next to it on our way to the Capitoline Museum or just passing the Victor Emmanuel II monument, but never going in. We finally walked up the impressive staircase which leads to the front (and earns you the right to have more gelato) and visited the church and really impressed. We spent the better part of an hour touring the beautifully decorated interior.
Written 4 February 2022
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara coeli
Beautiful as basilica's go. 1200s era. Definitely a religious attraction, but I must see if you want to see some intricate artwork and architecture.
Written 23 January 2022
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