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  • 1 Piscinas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 09010 Piscinas

    Welcome to the mini-Sahara of Sardinia. The dunes stretch over 5km and are around 60m high, lining the emerald sea and pushing inland as far as the woods of the hinterland; only the robust scrubland, dotted with olive trees bent by the mistral's wind..

  • 2 Nido dei Passeri Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 09017 Tonnara

    The coastal road leads up to a sheer cliff dropping into the sea, a natural bastion of sorts; out at sea, coral reefs sticking out from the water have been colonised by birds and nicknamed "Sparrows' Nest" by inhabitants. On still days, thr..

  • 3 Tuerredda Beach Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Capo Malfatano

    The fabulous Tuerredda beach (good facilities) is located in a gorgeous cove between Capo Malfatano and Capo Spartivento. With its impeccable white sand, a backdrop of exquisite valleys and a sea veering between azure and emerald green, it is indispu..

  • 4 Palazzo dei Normanni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Independenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    The Norman palace stands at the centre of a series of squares, in gardens laid out at the end of the 19C. Previously seat of the emir of Palermo, the old qsar was enlarged and improved by the Norman kings, then abandoned before being restored under t..

  • 5 La Kalsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porta dei Greci I - 90134 Palermo

    The district developed under Arab rule, around the citadel of the emir. It retains its Arabic name "al halisah", meaning "the chosen one, the pure one", and its oriental atmosphere, emphasised by its Arab-Norman monuments. Centred..

  • 6 Oratorio des Rosario di San Domenico Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Bambinai I - 90133 Palermo

    This private chapel is a Baroque masterpiece, attributed to Giacomo Serpotta. During your visit, you will be surrounded by putti, the small cherubim that were so dearly loved by Italian Baroque. The entire interior is sculpted in the stucco, to achie..

  • 7 Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Valverde 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    The chapel is the masterpiece of Baroque sculptor Giacomo Serpotta who worked here from 1686 to 1718. Angels and joyful putti cavort with total liberty of movement and expression; playing, sleeping, crying, laughing, climbing up the window frames, gl..

  • 8 Cattedrale di Santa Maria Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Palazzo 4 I - 09100 Cagliari

    The cathedral was built in the 13C and substantially reworked between the 17C and the first half of the 20C. In its current incarnation the cathedral is a veritable palimpsest of styles. Take a look at the two pulpits depicting scenes from the life o..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Altemps Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za S. Apollinare 46 I - 00186 Roma

    Recently restored, this magnificent 15C palace today houses the Ludovisi-Boncompagni collection: in the first half of the 17C, Cardinal Ludovico decided to embellish his villa with a mass of statuary by the greatest artists of the age (including Bern..

  • 11 Octagonal Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Giuseppe-Romita 8 I - 00185 Roma

    Recently restored, this superb brick octagonal room (its cupola recalling that it served as a planetarium in the 1920s) was probably a frigidarium (cold room in baths complex) or ancillary area. Today it houses some important Antique statuary: the Re..

  • 12 Museo Nazionale Romano: Massimo palace in the bath Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Largo di Villa Peretti 67 I - 00184 Roma

    Most of this " National Roman Museum ", covering the end of the Republican and the Imperial eras, is exhibited in this palace. You will find sculptures there, notably the famous Augustus draped in his great pontiff's gown or Lancellotti Dis..

  • 13 Church of the Gesù Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Gesù I - 00186 Roma

    Often copied, this is the Jesuit church par excellence. It combines the solemnity and simplicity of the Counter-Reformation with some incredibly exuberant interior decoration from a century later, at the very height of Baroque movement. Baciccia's fr..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Trinita dei Monti Steps (Spanish Steps) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza di Spagna I - 00187 Roma

    With its 138 steps and perfect perspective, this monumental staircase is a Baroque masterpiece. The architect Francesco de Sanctis played with dimensions here, broadening out and narrowing the steps to emphasise the height effect. This gracious and m..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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.

  • 18 Catacombs of Domitilla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. delle Sette Chiese 282 I - 00145 Roma

    The catacombs were the private cemetery of Emperor Domitian's niece Domitilla, and include an underground church.

  • 19 Catacombs of San Sebastiano Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Appia Antica 136 I - 00179 Roma

    These catacombs seem to have been excavated around a core of three mausoleums which are open to visitors.

  • 20 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..

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