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  • 1 Hadrian's Villa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Doria Pamphili Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za el Collegio Romano 2 I - 00186 Roma

    The tour enables you to see the palace reception rooms, including the Rococo yellow salon, with walls adorned by Gobelins tapestries, showing the twelve months of the year, and ballroom, which houses an ivory and wooden, 17th-century harp. The galler..

  • 4 Thermopolium Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Decumanus Maximus I - 00119 Ostia Antica

    Hot drinks are served from the marble counter of this bar.

  • 5 Capitolium e Foro (Capitol and Forum) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Decumanus Maximus I - 00119 Ostia Antica

    The 2C Capitol, dedicated to the Capitoline triade (Jupiter, Juno, Minerva), was the larges temple in Ostia. The forum, extended in the 2C, has preserved some of the portico columns which belonged to it. At the end of the square is Temple of Rome and..

  • 6 Casa di Amore e Psiche (House of Cupid and Psyche) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. ella Foce I - 00119 Ostia Antica

    Built in the 4C, this house has interesting remains of mosaics and marble and a lovely nympheum.

  • 7 Schola of Trajan Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Decumanus Maximus I - 00119 Ostia Antica

    This impressive 2C-3C building was the headquarters of a trade guild. Inside it are several courtyards flanked by columns around a central rectangular basin.

  • 8 Orsini-Odescalchi Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Mazzini 14 I - 00062 Bracciano

    This castle dominating the town built in the 14-15C is delimited by six imposing towers and two castle walls. Inside, there is a beautiful frescoed hall and a covered way, with a beautiful view over the town and lake. However, the main attraction is ..

  • 9 Necropolis of the Banditaccia Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. ella Necropoli I - 00052 Cerveteri

    This fine necropolis stands in a very serene area planted with pine and cypress trees. It is real town, with a main road opening onto the tumulus shaped tombs, covered with grassy hillocks and which convey an unforgettable feeling of strangeness. Oth..

  • 10 Trajan's Market Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via 4 Novembre I - 00100 Roma

    Trajan's Market housed some 150 shops, built in a curved terrace: in addition to retail activity, the market was also a wholesale and distribution centre.

  • 11 Villa Borghese Recommended 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..

  • 12 Castelli Romani Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 00100 Roma

    The region, located in the Alban hills to the southeast of Rome, owes its name to the fortresses built here in the Middle Ages by noble families fleeing the anarchy which prevailed in Rome. Each of these settlements is built on the edge of an immense..

  • 13 Doria Pamphili Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za el Collegio Romano 2 I - 00186 Roma

    Caravaggio, with his Rest on the Flight to Egypt, is the star of a prestigious collection of paintings and sculptures. You can see works by Velasquez, Brueghel the Elder, Annibal Carracci, Quentin Metsys and Titian, as well as fine sculptures (includ..

  • 14 Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza della Minerva 42 I - 00186 Roma

    Founded in the 8C, the church was rebuilt in the 13C and modified again in the 15C and 17C (the very simple rectangular façade dates from this last programme of works). The quality of its artworks makes this one of Rome's most important "museum ..

  • 15 Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via di S. Maria dell’Anima 30/a I - 00186 Roma

    This church was built on the site where St Agnes is believed to have been martyred. It was commissioned by Pope Innocent X Pamphili, who wanted it to become his palace chapel. Rainaldi began the work, which was continued by Borromini who created the ..

  • 16 Church of San Luigi dei Francesi Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza di S. Luigi dei Francesi 5 I - 00186 Roma

    Rome's French church was constructed between 1518 and 1589, thanks to the patronage of Henri II, Henri III and Catherine de Médicis. It is noteworthy above all for three extraordinary paintings (1599-1600) by Caravaggio, depicting scenes from the Lif..

  • 17 Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza della Repubblica I - 00185 Roma

    Michelangelo was commissioned to build this church at the age of 86. After his death, the project lost its architectural unity leading to an unorthodox building. Heavily remodelled in the 18C by Neapolitan architect Luigi Vanvitelli, the church was s..

  • 18 Montemartini Power Station Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. stiense 106 I - 00154 Roma

    This electricity power station is an unusual setting to find sculpture from the Musei Capitolini collections. It displays around 400 objects from the 6C BC to the 1C AD, cheek-by-jowl alongside huge old diesel engines. Two such contrasting eras would..

  • 19 Museo Nazionale Romano: Balbus Crypt Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31 I - 00186 Roma

    One of four sites constituting Rome's National Museum (the others being the Palazzo Massimo, the Palazzo Altemps and the Baths of Diocletian).

  • 20 Piazza del Popolo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Popolo I - 00187 Roma

    Entering Rome through Porta del Popolo, it is hard not to be struck by the city's vastness as it hoves into view. Laid out by Giuseppe Valadier in the 18C, Piazza del Popolo retains its major monuments: the church of Santa Maria del Popolo (a veritab..

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