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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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 ..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Navona I - 00186 Roma

    This Baroque masterpiece by Bernini (1651) stands at the centre of Piazza Navona. The statues represent four great rivers (the Danube, the Ganges, Rio del Plata and the Nile), symbolising the four corners of the earth.

  • 8 Piazza di Spagna Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza di Spagna I - 00187 Roma

    Rome's most elegant square with tall façades in warm tones derives its name from the Spanish embassy based here in the 17C. It is dominated by its famous Trinità dei Monti steps (the Spanish Steps), near to which stands the Barcaccia Fountain (17C) b..

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

    Religious buildings

    P.za di Porta San-Giovanni 6 I - 00185 Roma

    Founded by Constantine, the basilica was totally rebuilt during the Baroque period and 18C. Galilei's façade gives access to a rather cold and solemn interior by Borromini and followers of Bernini. In contrast with the nave, the transept is awash wit..

  • 10 Piazza del Campidoglio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    Designed and partially built by Michelangelo from 1536, the square is bordered by three palaces and a balustrade overlooking the statues of the Dioscuri; in the centre Michelangelo placed the statue of Marcus Aurelius (today a copy stands in its plac..

  • 11 Colosseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    P.za del Colosseo I - 00184 Roma

    Inaugurated in 80 AD, the Flavian amphitheatre or Colosseum is the biggest in the Roman world (527m in circumference and 57m high). Three levels of arcades enclose this impressive arena built on part of the site occupied by Nero's Golden House. 50 00..

  • 12 Arch of Constantine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

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

    Rome's finest and best preserved triumphal arch stands in front of the Colosseum. Erected in 315 to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius, it is abundantly decorated with scenes removed from 2C monuments. Recent research has shown that it ..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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 ..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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.

  • 20 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..

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