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  • 1 Forum Romanum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. dei Fori Imperiali I - 00186 Roma

    This makes for a magnificent scene, bristling with columns, triumphal arches, battered walls, temples converted into churches, and crisscrossed by paved streets, bearing witness to 12 centuries of history. Before starting a detailed exploration of th..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

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

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Sacra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    In this round temple built in the late 6C BC, the famous Vestals were in charge of keeping the sacred fire burning. Nearby is the Atrium Vestae, where the priestesses lived. The code they adhered to was strict: recruited at the age of 10, they served..

  • 5 Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Salara Vecchia - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    Impossible to miss, this is the massive brick building standing in the Forum Romanum and showing some of its vaults along the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Work began under Maxentius in 305, and was completed by Constantine. This grandiose building housed ..

  • 6 Palatine Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. S.-Gregorio 30 I - 00184 Roma

    On this hill, where Romulus and Remus were found, Domitian built his imperial palace, the Domus Flavia, the focus of official life, the Domus Augustana, the private imperial residence, and the stadium. The House of Livia was perhaps home to Augustus ..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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.

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Galleria Borghese Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za 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..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza 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..

  • 12 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 Giacomo della Porta, 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 look..

  • 13 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,..

  • 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 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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