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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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  • Perched atop the Capitoline Hill. On the altar there are a bundle of letters that are spiedite from around the world, the altar is the only one in the world that was founded before the birth of Christ.
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  • Immense Church, accessible through the stairway or the Campidoglio. Rich interior, some columns preserved ancient paintings, frescoes in the upper part of the nave.
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  • Beautiful church located near the Capitoline museums. Don't be discouraged by the ramp of stairs to get there. The Interior is worth the effort!
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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.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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