This beautiful basilica is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is absolutely stunning inside. There is a main church, with smaller chapels in it. Mass was going on in some of the smaller chapels. There are old time free standing confessionals and priests ready to hear confession. There is an area where a piece of the manger is on display. Many visitors (myself included) commented that the area where the manger is on display felt very sacred. Below the church, there are guided tour (for a small fee) that show a house that the church was built on top of. It is very interesting, and we all enjoyed seeing what remained of this Roman home. If you are wearing shorter shorts/skirt and have bare arms, the guards will provide a free paper shawl to wrap on shoulders or waist. This was one of my favorites places in Italy. There is no charge for admission and photography was permitted even though the signs posted said it wasn't.
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