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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

    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.

  • 2 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    Piazza 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Castel Sant'Angelo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungotevere Castello 50 I - 00193 Roma

    This imposing building was erected in 135 AD as Emperor Hadrian's family mausoleum, and was converted into a chapel by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6C. It acquired a brick layer and keeps under Pope Nicholas V (15C) and octagonal bastions under Alex..

  • 6 Colosseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Piazza 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..

  • 7 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 ..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Forum of Trajan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Quattro Novembre I - 00187 Roma

    Lying alongside Via dei Fori Imperiali are the ruins of this forum begun by Trajan in 113. Construction was an ambitious project; part of the Quirinal Hill nearest the Capitol was removed, requiring the excavation of some 30m of soil. The forum is co..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 ..

  • 14 Palatine Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. S. - Gregorio 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 ..

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

    Religious buildings

    Via 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..

  • 16 Baths of Caracalla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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.

  • 17 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    Piazza 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..

  • 19 Vatican Museums Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Viale 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,..

  • 20 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..

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