Aracoeli Church Rome Info & Hours
Located on the highest summit of Capitoline Hill, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, also known in English as Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven, is a titular Basilica in Rome.
A little is actually known about its origin. According to some sources the church dates back to 880, while others say it was founded even before in 590 by Pope Gregory the Great.
The imposing staircase, made by 124 steps, leads to the main entrance of the church. Architect Vignola planned other two staircases, one leading to a lateral entrance directly into the monastery, while the other one leads to a gate, graced with a beautiful fresco of “Madonna and the Child”.
|Opening Hours: 9.00am - 6.30pm|
|Best Time To Visit: from 2.00pm|
|Tickets: Not Needed|
How to Visit
1CHECK IN ADVANCE THE BEST TIME VISIT
– Check the Opening Hours in advance. Visits are not allowed during Masses celebration
– Entry to Rome’s churches and other places of worship is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors. Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts and hats are not allowed.
Clothes must cover both your knees and shoulders. Capris are allowed.
Holidays: 8.00 am, 12.00 pm
Weekdays: 8.00 am
Note: Visits are not allowed during Masses
- from May to September: 9.00 am – 6.30 pm
- from October to April: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Entrance to church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli is free
Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
The church is accessible to wheelchairs
+39 06 69763839
How to Reach
1FROM THE CITY CENTER TO ARACOELI CHURCH
Bus Lines: stop Ara Coeli/Piazza Venezia
Scala dell’Arce Capitolina 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
Get directions from Google Maps
Aracoeli Historical Facts
In the Middle Ages the Church of Aracoeli became the main center of the political and religious life of Ancient Rome. Here, the popular leader Cola di Rienzo, tribune of the Roman people, gave public speeches, and also met his death. Several executions were performed at the foot of the church steps. Read More…
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