Rome Santa Maria Maggiore

Exploring Rome’s many beautiful attractions? The Santa Maria Maggiore church is probably on your list as well! This is one of the many churches dedicated to Saint Maria; what makes this one special however is the fact that it is the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, and it has a magnificent gilded ceiling. Plus: the Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four papal basilicas. Would you like more information about religious attractions in Rome? Then watch our special video guide about the subject. To get to know more about this specific church, just keep reading…

Get to know the Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

Located not far from the Stazione Termini, it was built under Pope Sixtus the third, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in the whole city. The Santa Maria Maggiore contains some major art works, such as the the statue of Pius IX by Ignazio Jacometti, the funerary monument of Clement IX by Carlo Rainaldi and many other great works. One of the greatest artists of Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, known for his Baroque sculpture style, is buried in this church along with a number of Popes.

You will find the same church under the name “St. Mary of the Snow”, this name derives from a legend that tells the story of two identical dreams on the same exact night where Virgin Mary appeared to both Patrician John and Pope Liberius and told them to build a church where snow will be falling the next day. So it was Esquiline Hill where snow started falling in the shape of a church floor plan, in the middle of the summer. If you believe in miracles, this is the place to visit!

The church is known also for its seventy five meter bell tower, the tallest bell tower in Rome. When you enter the church you will not be able to ignore the thirty six iconic columns that divide into three naves, as well as the amazing ceiling designed by Guiliano Sangallo and gilded of gold given to Pope Alexander VI through the Spanish king by the famous Christopher Columbus. The church is open daily and the admission is free. Our tip? Combine it wth a visit to the great Colosseum, located about 900 meters far from the basilica, or even closer, the Baths of Diocletian!

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

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If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

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Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

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