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  • 1 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,..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za 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 ..

  • 6 Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. 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 ..

  • 7 Church of San Luigi dei Francesi Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Montemartini Power Station Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Ostiense 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..

  • 10 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).

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Church of Santa Maria del Popolo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Popolo 12 I - 00187 Roma

    In the Renaissance style although subsequently altered during the Baroque period, the church has 15C frescoes by Pinturrichio (first chapel on the right), two tombs by Sansovino (in the chancel), and two paintings by Caravaggio - the Martyrdom of St ..

  • 13 Area Sacra of Largo Argentina Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. di S. - Nicola de Cesarini I - 00186 Roma

    The Area Sacra is composed of four temples (three rectangular, and a circular one at the centre) oriented eastwards and dating from the Republican period (6C-2C BC). Archaeologists have yet to ascertain to which gods they were dedicated.

  • 14 Villa Medici Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v.le della Trinità dei Monti 1 I - 00187 Roma

    Visitors have to wait for an exhibition in order to be able to enter this villa... or, even better (if you happen to be French), be chosen by the French Ministry of Culture to be one of its 25 members of the Académie de France in Rome. Apart from Fin..

  • 15 Piazza Campo dei Fiori Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Campo dei Fiori I - 00186 Roma

    The statue of Giordano Bruno sternly stands at the centre of this square, formerly decked with flowers. It was here that this monk was burned at the stake, in 1600, for heresy. Today, a colourful market overruns it every morning. In the evening, it i..

  • 16 Palazzo della Cancelleria Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za della Cancelleria 1 I - 00186 Roma

    As part of the Vatican State, Palazzo della Cancelleria enjoys extraterritorial status. It houses the chancellery, responsible for recording all papal decrees. Its majestic façade and harmonious inner coutyard make this one of Rome's finest Renaissan..

  • 17 Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 00186 Roma

    The church of Sant'Andrea della Valle was begun in 1591 by Giacomo della Porta and completed between 1608 and 1623 by Carlo Maderno. The façade added between 1656 and 1665 by Carlo Rainaldi is an elegant exercise in the Baroque style. Rising above a ..

  • 18 Palazzo Farnese Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    Built by Michelangelo in 1546 and today the home of the French embassy, this is Rome's most beautiful palace. It owes its construction to Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, an avid patron of the arts who became pope in 1534. The gallery has remarkable fres..

  • 19 Church of Santa Sabina all'Aventino Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Pietro D'Illiria 1 I - 00153 Roma

    A fine example of early Christian architecture, this church dedicated to St Sabina was built in the 5C. Despite the ravages of time, it retains some original elements: its cypresswood central door with eighteen carved panels depicting scenes from the..

  • 20 Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Piazza della Bocca della Verità 18 I - 00186 Roma

    Piazza della Bocca della Verità is named after The Mouth of Truth, an imposing marble medallion depicting a marine deity preserved in the porch of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, which according to legend would bite off the hand of any person ..

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