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Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome

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Religious Site Church
Sitting atop the Campidoglio, accessed by a monumental staircase, Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli is designated the church of the city council of Rome. Though its foundations as a place of worship were laid in the sixth century, today's church is mostly a reflection of the Franciscans' application of Romanesque-Gothic styles in the 13th century. The church is adorned with chandeliers and a wooden coffered ceiling, and there are a number of impressive frescoes throughout. During the Christmas season, the famous Santo Bambino (infant Jesus) statue carved of olive wood is brought to the high altar. If climbing the 124 marble steps to this building seems too daunting, take the steps to the right to get in a back entrance, where the incline is not as steep. Make Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli part of your personalized Rome itinerary using our Rome itinerary builder.
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  • Adjacent to Capitoline Hill, it's a walk up the steps if you're not used to it, but it's worth it. In some ways it's posh with it's chandeliers lining the entire interior, and yet classic with its sta...  more »
  • The stairs tempted us up even though the church looks pretty ordinary from the outside. Inside is spectacular and well worth the visit. The steps are manageable, and the views from the top are really ...  more »
  • 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 capita...  more »
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  • for me this is one of the most beautiful churches in rome. do not be afraid of the many stair up and down it is worth seeing this gem. you could take a shorter path with fewer steps from the upper piazza..recommended
  • The view is amazing. Long walk upstairs,worth the view. Basilica is beautiful
  • A very beautiful place and don't be afraid from the stairs up and down it deserve the effort
  • Stairs were great, would 10/10 climb again. Church was pretty
  • Great view from the top of the steps. Attended a mass here. Although I did not understand the service. The choir was angelic.