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  • 1 Piazzale delle Corporazioni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Piazzale delle Corporazioni I - 00119 Ostia Antica

    This square was bordered by a portico which housed some 70 offices representing the entire Roman commercial world: the mosaics around the pavement show by their emblems the various types of business undertaken. In the centre of the square are the rem..

  • 2 Palazzo Nuovo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    I - 00100 Roma

    Built in 1655 by Girolamo Rainaldi, the palace was part of a project by Michelangelo for the Senate House. With the Palazzo dei Conservatori, it houses the collections of the Capitoline Museums. The room of the Emperors has portraits of all the emper..

  • 3 Imperial Forums Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. 4 Novembre I - 00100 Roma

    These were built by Caesar, Augustus, Trajan, Nerva and Vespasian; of the last two, nothing remains. Opened by Mussolini in 1932, Via dei Fori Imperiali cuts through the middle of them.

  • 4 Trajan's Column Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via 4 novembre I - 00100 Roma

    Trajan's Column is an unparalleled masterpiece. Standing 38m tall, it incorporates bulging in its construction to avoid the illusion of concavity generated by its sheer height. Animated by the spiral course they follow, the hundred scenes of images d..

  • 5 Villa Borghese Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v. Pinciana I - 00197 Roma

    The name applies not just to a building but also to one of Rome's largest parks (around 80ha). The site of major international equestrian events, this green lung in the city has little temples, copses, arbours, lawns, lakes, shady pines, gardens dott..

  • 6 Piazza Navona Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Navona I - 00186 Roma

    Piazza Navona retains a long narrow layout, as dictated by Domitian when he had a stadium built here in 86 AD for games. Traffic is banned, making it a pleasant and lively meeting place where in the evenings street artists of all kinds can be seen pe..

  • 7 Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Altemps Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za S. Apollinare 46 I - 00186 Roma

    Recently restored, this magnificent 15C palace today houses the Ludovisi-Boncompagni collection: in the first half of the 17C, Cardinal Ludovico decided to embellish his villa with a mass of statuary by the greatest artists of the age (including Bern..

  • 8 Octagonal Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Giuseppe-Romita 8 I - 00185 Roma

    Recently restored, this superb brick octagonal room (its cupola recalling that it served as a planetarium in the 1920s) was probably a frigidarium (cold room in baths complex) or ancillary area. Today it houses some important Antique statuary: the Re..

  • 9 Church of the Gesù Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Gesù I - 00186 Roma

    Often copied, this is the Jesuit church par excellence. It combines the solemnity and simplicity of the Counter-Reformation with some incredibly exuberant interior decoration from a century later, at the very height of Baroque movement. Baciccia's fr..

  • 10 Trinita dei Monti Steps (Spanish Steps) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza di Spagna I - 00187 Roma

    With its 138 steps and perfect perspective, this monumental staircase is a Baroque masterpiece. The architect Francesco de Sanctis played with dimensions here, broadening out and narrowing the steps to emphasise the height effect. This gracious and m..

  • 11 Catacombs of San Callisto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Appia Antica 110/126 I - 00179 Roma

    This is a huge cemetery, where more than 500 000 people are buried, including all the 3C popes. Its main attraction is the extraordinary wall paintings of the Sacraments Room, dating from the end of the 2C or start of the 3C.

  • 12 Catacombs of Domitilla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. delle Sette Chiese 282 I - 00145 Roma

    The catacombs were the private cemetery of Emperor Domitian's niece Domitilla, and include an underground church.

  • 13 Catacombs of San Sebastiano Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Appia Antica 136 I - 00179 Roma

    These catacombs seem to have been excavated around a core of three mausoleums which are open to visitors.

  • 14 The Capitoline Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Campidoglio I - 00186 Roma

    On the ancient hill that symbolises the might of Rome stands the church of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli plus Piazza del Campidoglio and its palaces: Palazzo Senatorio (the town hall), Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo (these last two housing the M..

  • 15 Palazzo Senatorio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    Piazza del Campidoglio is bordered by numerous palaces, including Palazzo Senatorio, built in the 12C and remodelled between 1582 and 1602 by Giacomo della Porta and Girolamo Rainaldi (today Rome's town hall).

  • 16 Musei Capitolini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za del Campidoglio (entrée pour personnes handicapées : via del Tempio di Giove) 1 I - 00186 Roma

    Based at the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, although part of the collection (notably items excavated in the rome region) are now on display at the Montemartini Power Station. Among the masterpieces are: the equestrian statue of Marcus Au..

  • 17 Castel Sant'Angelo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungotevere Castello 50 I - 00193 Roma

    This imposing building was erected in 135 AD as Emperor Hadrian's family mausoleum, and was converted into a chapel by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6C. It acquired a brick layer and keeps under Pope Nicholas V (15C) and octagonal bastions under Alex..

  • 18 Forum of Trajan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Quattro Novembre I - 00187 Roma

    Lying alongside Via dei Fori Imperiali are the ruins of this forum begun by Trajan in 113. Construction was an ambitious project; part of the Quirinal Hill nearest the Capitol was removed, requiring the excavation of some 30m of soil. The forum is co..

  • 19 Temple of Castor and Pollux Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Sacra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    Just below the Basilica Julia stand the three fine Corinthian columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the rising profile of their white marble evoking the magnificence with which Augustus sought to endow the city. The temple recalls the legend of..

  • 20 Temple of Saturn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Sacra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    The Temple of Saturn comprises a 1C BC platform and eight 4C columns (the temple having been rebuilt after a fire). Saturn was the god of agriculture and the weather; at the winter solstice, celebrations took place in his honour and in anticipation o..

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