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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Piazza di Spagna Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za 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 Catacombs of San Callisto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Appia Antica 110/126 I - 00179 Roma

    This is a huge cemetery, where more than 500 000 people are buried, including all the 3C popes. Its main attraction is the extraordinary wall paintings of the Sacraments Room, dating from the end of the 2C or start of the 3C.

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Piazza Sant'Ignazio and Church of Sant'Ignazio Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za S.-Ignazio I - 00186 Roma

    This theatre set of a square at the foot of the church of Sant'Ignazio gives an idea of what to expect behind its tall and austere façade. Looking up from the centre of the nave to the central vaulting, note the perspective effect of the frescoes; a ..

  • 6 Palazzo Doria Pamphilj Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Grazioli 5 I - 00186 Roma

    Palazzo Doria Pamphili is home to one of Rome's richest collections of pictures and sculpture, the Galleria Doria Pamphili. Among its most important pieces are Annibale Carracci's Flight into Egypt, Velázquez's Portrait of Innoccent X, Caravaggio's R..

  • 7 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 ..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Baths of Diocletian Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Enrico de Nicola 79 I - 00185 Roma

    Of the 900 baths in Rome in the 4C, those of Diocletian were the largest and finest; covering 13ha, they could accommodate 3 000 people, and were built by 40 000 Christians condemned to hard labour on account of their faith. It was this last fact whi..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Piazza del Popolo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za 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..

  • 14 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 ..

  • 15 Area Sacra of Largo Argentina Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via 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.

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Piazza Campo dei Fiori Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Vidoni 6 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 ..

  • 20 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..

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