Work on the Basilica involved replacing 90 of the 130 existing led light projectors, pointing at the facade, the bell tower – the highest in Rome – and the Sistina and Paolina domes. Also the lighting systems in the loggia with the mosaics and the lower portico were renovated. Additionally, the bronze statue of the Virgin with Child at the top of the Column of Peace, the Corinthian column in the center of the piazza opposite the Basilica, was illuminated for the first time.

90 light projectors to illuminate the facade, the bell tower – the highest in Rome – and the Sistina and Paolina domes.

Working on the artistic lighting of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, was a great honor. The Company's vast project to valorize the sites with great historic and artistic value across the Capital has been underway for some time; for example, just a few months ago it involved the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Acea was born in Rome over a century ago and there could be no better way of strengthening its bond with the city, its territory and its citizens.

Michaela Castelli

Chairperson of Acea

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of Rome’s four Papal Basilicas (together with the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls). It is located in the piazza that takes its name at the top of the Cispio Hill, one of the three smaller hills that form the Esquiline Hill. It is the only Basilica in Rome that maintains its Paleochristian structure, despite having been enriched with later additions.