The Basilica in the afternoon sun

The Basilica in the afternoon sun

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ; ‘Basilica of Saint Mary Major’, or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy, from which size it receives the appellation “major”. The Basilica is located at 34 Piazza del Esquilino, some five blocks southwest of Stazione Termini.

The ancient basilica enshrines the venerated image of Salus Populi Romani, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary as the health and protectress of the Roman people, which was granted a Canonical coronation by Pope Gregory XVI on 15 August 1838 accompanied by his Papal bull Cælestis Regina.

Pursuant to the Lateran Treaty of 1929 between the Holy See and Italy, the Basilica is within Italian territory and not the territory of the Vatican City State. However, the Holy See fully owns the Basilica, and Italy is legally obligated to recognize its full ownership thereof and to concede to it “the immunity granted by International Law to the headquarters of the diplomatic agents of foreign States”.

Just off the Piazza is Trattoria Monti – a family owned trattoria serving the most delicious food in a wonderful atmosphere.

One of the signature dishes - suckling pig. Delicious!

One of the signature dishes – suckling pig. Delicious!

The Camerucci family runs this elegant brick-arched place, proffering top-notch traditional cooking from the Marches region. There are wonderful fritti (fried things), delicate pastas and ingredients such as pecorino di fossa (sheep’s cheese aged in caves), goose, swordfish and truffles. Try the egg-yolk tortelli pasta. Desserts are delectable, including apple pie with zabaglione . Word has spread, so book ahead.

Madame's favouite - spinch pasta and parmesan.

Madame’s favouite – spinch pasta and parmesan.

http://www.trattoria-monti.it

 

 

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