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  • 1 Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Liberiana 27 I - 00185 Roma

    Founded by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), this is one of Rome's four great basilicas, and has been remodelled many times down the centuries. Erected in 1377, its campanile is the highest in Rome. The façade (1743-1750) is the work of Ferdinando Fuga. The..

  • 2 Baths of Caracalla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v.le delle terme di Caracalla 52 I - 00153 Roma

    Built by Caracalla in the year 212, these baths covered 11ha and could accommodate 1 600 people at any one time.The ruins of the caldarium a circular hall measuring 34m in diameter (formerly the hot baths), host opera events in summer.

  • 3 Villa Giulia Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za 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..

  • 4 Vatican Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v.le Vaticano 13 I - 00165 Roma

    These nice gardens are dotted with sculptures and monuments offered by various countries. Pius IV's "casina" is a pleasant 16th-century building, adorned with stuccoes and paintings. There is an admirable view of St. Peter's dome from these..

  • 5 Vatican City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via 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..

  • 6 Piazzale delle Corporazioni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Piazza 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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.

  • 9 Trajan's Column Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via IV 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..

  • 10 Villa Borghese Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Via 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..

  • 11 Pantheon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za 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..

  • 12 Piazza Navona Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    l.go 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..

  • 13 Capitoline Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Campidoglio I - 00186 Roma

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

  • 14 Trevi Fountain Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza di Trevi I - 00187 Roma

    It is universally known since Anita Ekberg bathed in it, wearing an evening dress, in Dolce Vità. The monumental Trevi Fountain is a late Baroque masterpiece, erected by Nicola Salvi in 1732, on Pope Clement XII's orders. Its water comes from a 20 km..

  • 15 St. Peter's Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za S.-Pietro I - 00193 Roma

    The backdrop for the Pope's speeches to the faithful, this is undoubtedly the most famous square in the world. Partially enclosed by two sweeping curved colonnades that imbue it with sobriety and solemnity, it was laid out from 1656 by Bernini, the m..

  • 16 St. Peter's Basilica Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Pietro I - 00193 Roma

    Countless artists and architects, including Bramante, Michelangelo and Carlo Maderno, have worked on this building since the Emperor Constantine first erected a church here in 324, on the site of St Peter's martyrdom. Today a vast basilica looks onto..

  • 17 Vatican Museums Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v.le Vaticano I - 00184 Roma

    These museums house some fabulous collections... that you will only be able to fleetingly glimpse at, because of the compact crowds. So, follow the flow of people through sumptuously decorated galleries. Take a glance at an Egyptian sarcophagus here,..

  • 18 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 ..

  • 19 Hadrian's Villa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Villa Adriana 204 I - 00019 Tivoli

    A passionate lover of art and architecture, Emperor Hadrian had crisscrossed his whole empire, and with this villa sought to evoke the works and sites he had seen on his travels. It was almost complete when Hadrian, long gravely ill and distraught at..

  • 20 Villa d'Este Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za 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..

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