To see this in person, from its mosaics to its ancient basilica plan, is to witness one of the oldest (and most majestic) churches in the world (it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary). Its original structure dates as far back as the third century, but a major renovation in the twelfth century resulted in the addition of its many ornate details, including the facade and bell tower. The surrounding area is always bustling–and by far one of our favorite places in the city to people watch and take a long stroll before dinner.

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