St. Mary

Among the places where I enjoy every minute I spend is St. Mary’s Basilica in Cosmedin. The religious structure is mainly referred to as Santa Maria in Cosmedin in foreign sources.

The basilica fascinates people with its Romanesque architecture. Especially the elegant bell tower immediately draws attention to it. However, the main factor underlying its popularity is the mask that was mounted on the wall centuries ago.

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After entering the building, you can focus on the left wall and see the marble mask called “The Mouth of Truth”. I say mask; but don’t think of anything out of the ordinary. Because the artifact weighs about 1,300 kilograms and is thought to have been brought from a nearby temple of Hercules. Also, according to popular belief, the mask depicts the titan Oceanus, who is responsible for the waters surrounding the world.

Visiting Information

It can be visited between 09.00-17.30 hours.
Piazza della Bocca della Verità, 18, 00186 Rome

  1. Via dei Condotti“Is Rome just historical places?” I can hear you say. So, without wasting time, I move on to explain another favorite shopping area, Via Condotti.

The street, which you will see when you turn your back to the Spanish Steps and look straight ahead, is the unofficial fashion center of Rome. Although, if I have to say from the beginning, the retail stores on the street mainly operate in the luxury segment.

But do not immediately despair. Because it is not necessary to have a large budget to have a pleasant time at Condotti. It is quite enjoyable to go to the street and sit for hours in one of the venues towards the evening when it is closed to motor vehicle traffic.


Via dei Condotti, Rome

  1. Via VenetoIf you like to take advantage of luxury facilities, you don’t have to settle for Via Condotti alone. If you wish, you can immediately turn your route to Via Veneto, where most of the scenes of La Dolce Vita are filmed, and you can catch exactly the opportunities you want.

The street, which took its name from the Vittorio Veneto War, has managed to attract the elite residents of the city since the 1960s. Even the economic recession in the 1980s did not affect this part of the city much. As a result, Via Veneto; With its stylish restaurants, high-end hotels and expensive boutiques, it continues to be the prestige center of Rome.

Do not neglect to spare time for Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione while wandering the street. I am sure that you will be amazed by the architectural details of the building. Especially when you enter the bone hall on its side…

Via Veneto, Rome

  1. Gelateria Giolitti You can stop by Gelateria Giolitti for a flavor feast that will sweeten your mouth while walking around Rome.

The story of the place began to be written in 1890 with the dairy farm opened by Giuseppe and Bernadina Giotti. The products they sell were so high quality that in a short time, not only Rome’s but also all Italy’s top families started shopping from this shop.

As such, Giotti’s immediately opened the current favorite place. In the beginning, the vegetarian menu of the place attracted a lot of attention. But in a short time, ice creams that cracked the palate with their intense flavors became the focus of attention.


The variety of ice cream in Gelateria Giolitti is really quite large. Moreover, the place makes its guests smile with its prices as well as the quality of its products.

Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Rome

  1. Time Elevator Rome Are you dreaming of a pleasant family vacation in Rome? Then you can include Time Elevator Rome – Welcome Time Elevator in your itinerary without hesitation.

The venue, which aims to convey the history of ancient Rome to its guests in an impressive way, is designed to appeal to all senses. As a matter of fact, it is really hard to come across a similar experience here, believe me.

So, which shows are being shown in the venue? Three different productions are staged at Time Elevator Rome, with durations ranging from 15 to 40 minutes.

The first of these is “The History of Rome”, which makes the story started by Romulus and Remus even more striking with technological innovations.

The other one is called “Evolution of Life”. As you can understand from the name of “The House of Horror”, which is screened three times a day, it appeals to individuals who are interested in horror cinema.

Visiting Information


Ticket The History of Rome – €9, Evolution of Life and House of Horror €7
First session at 12:00, last session at 19.30.
Via dei Santi Apostoli, 20, 00187 Rome

  1. Welcome To Rome You can add Welcome to Rome to your list to have fun with your children on your trip to the capital of Italy.

In terms of the concept, the place actually shows similarities with the Time Elevator Roma, which I explained to you in detail in the previous article. However, if you ask me, it’s a bit better in conveying the city’s thousands of years of history.

At the venue, screenings are held every 30 minutes, describing the city’s 2,700 years of history, step by step. Unfortunately, Turkish is not among the languages ​​that can be selected for narration.