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  • 1 Fountain of the Four Rivers Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Navona I - 00186 Roma

    Pope Innocent X commissioned this fountain from the master of Baroque sculpture. A Roman obelisk, from Domitian's time, was found on the Via Appia and balanced on top of a tormented and quivering base. It imperturbably dominates four rivers (Danube, ..

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

    Museums and art

    Piazza S. Apollinare 46 I - 00186 Roma

    The palace itself is well worth a visit. It was carefully restored. It has a courtyard with two sides closed off by a portico, topped by a loggia and its frescoes, that you can see in the Painted Perspectives Room and "Piattaia" Room. There..

  • 3 Octagonal Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. iuseppe-Romita 8 I - 00185 Roma

    A superb brick octagonal room (which is why it is called a planetarium) where, in an unreal light, some antique statuary masterpieces are exhibited: The Resting Pugilist and Hellenist Prince are two of the rare examples of bronze statues that have su..

  • 4 Church of the Gesù Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Gesù I - 00186 Roma

    Whether you like the "Jesuit style", or not, you should go and see this church, built in 1575. It is that style's prototype and has often been copied around the world.The facade by Giacomo Della Porta, is strict and solemn, as it was suppos..

  • 5 Piazza di Spagna Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza di Spagna I - 00187 Roma

    This site is famous throughout the world. At the end of the elegant Via dei Condotti, this square, overlooked by the Trinita dei Monti staircase, is where young and older people take over the steps on a fine day, in order to relax... or enjoy the mom..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza di Spagna I - 00187 Roma

    Built between 1723 and 1726, this monumental staircase has gained the taste for visual effects and trompe-l'oeil from the Baroque era. Its architect, De Sanctis, played with shapes and volumes: banisters broaden out and narrow, divide then join up ag..

  • 7 Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza di Porta San-Giovanni 6 I - 00185 Roma

    Its founding by Emperor Constantine symbolised Christianity's triumph over Paganism. From the 5C onwards, popes made it their official residence, until moving to Avignon for nearly a century. However, the edifice, which was the setting for many impor..

  • 8 Catacombs of San Callisto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. ppia Antica 110/126 I - 00179 Roma

    About 500,000 people, including all the 3C popes were buried in these huge catacombs, which are spread out between the Via Appia, Via Ardeatina and Via delle Sette Chiese. They are named after St. Callisto, who was their administrator before becoming..

  • 9 Catacombs of Domitilla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. elle Sette Chiese 282 I - 00145 Roma

    This huge network of underground tunnels was named after the private cemetery of Emperor Domitian's (81-96) niece, Domitilla; member of the Flavian family.In the 4C, a basilica was built there, above the tombs of St. Nereo and St. Achilleo. Its three..

  • 10 Catacombs of San Sebastiano Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. ppia Antica 136 I - 00179 Roma

    These catacombs probably developed from three mausoleums, later covered by a three-nave basilica. They are named after Sebastian, the soldier who fell victim to Diocletian's (284-305) persecution and who was buried there. The three mausoleums date fr..

  • 11 Piazza del Campidoglio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    Harmony, charm, majesty... You must visit this square as soon as possible, while trying to imagine that you're alone there, for a while. You'll need a lot of imagination indeed, as its is so often overrun...It was covered with monuments and temples i..

  • 12 Palazzo Senatorio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    This palace was built on the ruins of the tabularium to house the Senate, which was founded after the revolt of 1143, when the people of Rome, exasperated by the clergy's corruption, stipped the Pope of his temporal power. In the 16th century, Michel..

  • 13 Musei Capitolini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza del Campidoglio 1 I - 00186 Roma

    The Capitoline Museum is made up of the Palace of the Conservatori and New Palace, now linked by an underground passage. Some of the elements displayed in the Palace of the Conservatori courtyard come from the huge statue of Constantine, which must h..

  • 14 Castel Sant'Angelo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungotevere Castello 50 I - 00193 Roma

    It was originally a monumental mausoleum designed by Hadrian, in 135 A.D., and completed by his successor, Antonius Pius. It consisted of a square base, with 84-m sides, and a 20-m high structure, topping a tumulus. Above the mausoleum, towered a sta..

  • 15 Colosseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Piazza del Colosseo I - 00184 Roma

    The work on this huge arena began in AD 72, on part of the site occupied by Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea). Its three arcaded tiers of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns are topped by a wall, punctuated by band-moulded pilasters. It is the bigges..

  • 16 Arch of Constantine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. i S. - Gregorio - Foro Romano I - 00184 Roma

    This beautifully harmonious, three-arcaded triumphal arch stands near the Colisseum. It was built in 315, by the Senate and Roman people, to celebrate Constantine's victory over his rival Maxentius. Like the Colisseum, it was later set into the city'..

  • 17 Forum of Trajan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. uattro Novembre I - 00187 Roma

    The Forum of Trajan was inaugurated by the emperor in 113 A.D. It is the biggest, the finest and best-preserved of all imperial forums. Colossal works had to be performed to lay out the future forum: the Quirinale Hill had to be cut and levelled out ..

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

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. acra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    These three columns, supporting a fragment of architrave, make up one of the most famous pictures of the Roman Forum. You have to admit that the remains of this temple, built in honour of the famous Dioscuri, are majestic and an example of the city's..

  • 19 Temple of Saturn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. acra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    Ancient Rome's state treasury was kept in the basement of this temple (which has eight columns from the 4th century and its podium from the 1st century B.C. still standing). The Senate, assisted by censors and quaestors, was in charge of these funds...

  • 20 Temple and Atrium of the Vestals Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. acra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    A round sanctuary, surrounded by a portico with twenty, fluted, Corinthian columns. This was the temple dedicated to Vesta, the fire-protecting Goddess since Romulus' time. The cella housed an altar, on which the fire was kept permanently burning. Th..

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