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

    Museums and art

    Piazza 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Church of the Gesù Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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.

  • 6 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.

  • 7 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.

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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).

  • 10 Musei Capitolini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza del Campidoglio 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Villa Giulia Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9 I - 00196 Roma

    Pope Julius III's luxurious summer residence (16C) is today a museum that is entirely dedicated to Etruscan Art and Civilisation, its exhibits revealing much about this civilisation which remains largely a mystery. The highlights are the Veii sculptu..

  • 13 Galleria Borghese Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5 I - 00197 Roma

    Housed in a magnificent 17C villa, this gallery is home to an amazing collection of pictures and sculpture amassed by avid art-lover Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Among the masterpieces on the ground floor are several works by Bernini, vying to outdo e..

  • 14 Sistine Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Stradone del Giardini I - 00193 Roma

    The Sistine Chapel draws tourists from all over the world who come to admire its ceiling by Michelangelo, depicting biblical scenes from the Creation to the Great Flood (painted between 1508 and 1512), and the Last Judgement above the altar (painted ..

  • 15 Vatican City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Porta Cavalleggeri I - 00193 Roma

    The world's smallest state, centred on St Peter's Square, laid out by Bernini. Don't miss St Peter's Basilica, the sumptuous gardens, nor the museums and their magnificent collections collected by popes down the ages, the highpoint of which is the Si..

  • 16 Villa d'Este Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Trento 1 I - 00019 Tivoli

    In 1550, the disgraced Cardinal Ippolito d'Este consoled himself by having this villa built. Designed by Neapolitan architect Pirro Ligorio, it is adorned with sumptuous gardens making full use of water features and statues in the Mannerist style. No..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 Imperial Forums Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via 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.

  • 19 Pantheon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza della Rotondal I - 00186 Roma

    The Pantheon is the best preserved Classical building anywhere; a pagan temple, it was converted into a church in the 7C. It is entered through a portico supported by sixteen monolithic granite columns, all original save the three at the left-hand en..

  • 20 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..

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