This is a MUST hit basilica in Rome, while is big outside, wait until you get inside, because you'll be blown away by the dimensions, grandiose, and history. I went to this place on January 2017, stayed at a great B&B near by (Circle Maggiore), only 3 tram stops from it.
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Janey and Audrey, glad you found the information useful, I have "attended" some beautiful services.
Truly amazing being able to see the service taking place, thanks Linda for the information re Vatican tv.
Linda S. - Thank you for posting about Vatican TV. I was able to watch a service being held. Listening to mass and singing -- beautiful! Sweet-faced little children singing in the choir are like angels.
You're welcome Teddy, if you go into Vatican t.v. Live, they often broadcast the special services attended by the Pope, and you can find his schedule for coming events. Really interesting to see the services and the inside of these magnificent churches.
Thanks so much Linda,I kind of thought that was something like that. I watched and watched, but couldn't sit here any longer, so I didn't see him leave, or come for that matter. I have been there many time and never saw a crowd standing there in line for so long. It was hours!
Teddy, the Pope was at a service, which is why there were crowds outside.
Hi everyone. Anyone know what is happening at the Basilica today around 6pm, as there seems to be many police everywhere and they are not letting people inside. There is a long line waiting. Hope everything and everyone is okay.
Hey Ray, you are welcome! Have fun - it's a beautiful church and an interesting walk.
Thanks Rick! Very useful info. I think I'm going to take the metro there and walk back. Thanks again.
Hi Ray, I stay at a hotel a short block and a half to the west of this church and have walked from this church to the Spanish Steps which (I think) is just a little west of the Embassy. I did this last March, I'm in my 60's, and it wasn't a bad walk. But should warn you, it's a little distance and not a direct, straight line walk. I did this trek at about 11 p.m. and felt totally safe. fyi: take the metro at the Spanish Steps to Termini Station and then it's a 2 or 3 block walk from the northwest end of the Station to the northeast end of the Church. Have fun and if you make it to the Church you can go down the hill to west on via Cavour and you're in the area of the Coloseum and Forum in about 10 to 15 minutes, then the metro back to Termini or the Spanish Steps. Hope that helps and wasn't too much info.
I want to visit this church when I go to Rome in October, I'll be staying in Via Venetto across the street from the American embassy. Can I walk from there to this site?
May God bless those soldiers standing there all day protecting people or being ready to protect them if needed.