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This Basilica is located on Via Nazionale and dates back to the 4th century. An access stairwell... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
An authentic early Christian church on Rome's big shopping street.

The Basilica San Vitale is an incongruous site on Via Nazionale - it sits well below street grade... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Jeffrey R
Tampa, Florida
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5 days ago
“Hidden gem”
1 Aug 2018
“An authentic early Christian church on Rome's big shopping street.”
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Via Nazionale 194, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This Basilica is located on Via Nazionale and dates back to the 4th century. An access stairwell takes you down to the church which lies below the street level. The church used to stand on an old Roman street which was mostly destroyed when Via...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

The Basilica San Vitale is an incongruous site on Via Nazionale - it sits well below street grade, at the bottom of a bit flight of stairs, between a large museum and taller, newer buildings. We ran across it wandering around after seeing the better-known...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jeffrey R
Reviewed 20 July 2018

During my visit to Rome, I used to walk around my hotel area, I was not aware of what was at the bottom of the stairs going down at the side of the sidewalk. When I decided to come down these stairs I found an...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank sugarcone
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Very old church which is very easy to miss. Down a step flight of steps. Quite large inside and wonderfully decorated, a real hidden gem and well worth the visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Scotty102
Reviewed 19 January 2018

This beautiful church is very easy to miss. We stayed near here in Rome two years ago and never stumbled upon it. Down a long flight of steps on Via Nazionale, this 5th century church was built by the Romans. Beautiful frescoes from the 1600s,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

As other visitors have described this Basilica is down a flight of steps, which seemed to deter a number of other tourists whilst I was sitting on the wall at the top of the steps. It is however, definitely worth a visit. It is cool,...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Matt H
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is a wonderful little basilica quote close to the Termini station. It’s about 20 minutes walk from the station and it is a rather quiet around here and hence it is a beautiful setting and a place to just sit and marvel the Roman...More

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank nrm77
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Step down in this deep sanctuary well above the street level and enjoy history and faith at his fullest. Such a beautiful and restive church on one of the busiest streets of the capital

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Nolinice
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

So old it is well below street level. from the outside you may pass it by and not notice it. It is definitely worth stopping in to see the interior. Also not crowded so a great opportunity to sit and reflect for a while.

Thank Toddxox
Reviewed 20 November 2013

This church immediately strikes you as it is several meters below street level, showing you how much higher modern Rome is compared to ancient and medieval Rome. The church is venerable indeed, consecrated in the year 401 -- the portico is the oldest part. I...More

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank SpanishStepsApt
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