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  • 1 Musei Capitolini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza del Campidoglio 1 I - 00186 Roma

    Based at the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, although part of the collection (notably items excavated in the rome region) are now on display at the Montemartini Power Station. Among the masterpieces are: the equestrian statue of Marcus Au..

  • 2 Temple of Saturn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Sacra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    The Temple of Saturn comprises a 1C BC platform and eight 4C columns (the temple having been rebuilt after a fire). Saturn was the god of agriculture and the weather; at the winter solstice, celebrations took place in his honour and in anticipation o..

  • 3 Villa Giulia Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9 I - 00196 Roma

    Pope Julius III's luxurious summer residence (16C) is today a museum that is entirely dedicated to Etruscan Art and Civilisation, its exhibits revealing much about this civilisation which remains largely a mystery. The highlights are the Veii sculptu..

  • 4 Galleria Borghese Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazzale 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..

  • 5 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 ..

  • 6 Vatican City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Porta Cavalleggeri I - 00193 Roma

    The world's smallest state, centred on St Peter's Square, laid out by Bernini. Don't miss St Peter's Basilica, the sumptuous gardens, nor the museums and their magnificent collections collected by popes down the ages, the highpoint of which is the Si..

  • 7 Galleria dell'Accademia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Campo della Carità 1050 I - 30131 Venezia

    Housing the city's finest art collection, the museum occupies a group of buildings comprising the Lateran convent, church of the Carità and the Scuola Grande della Carità, granted to the Academy of Fine Arts in 1750 and a museum since the 19C. Today,..

  • 8 Grand Canal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Canal Grande I - 30124 Venezia

    The Grand Canal is 3.8km in length and varies between 30m and 70m in width according to the curves it weaves across the city. Simply spectacular, the Grand Canal is striking naturally for its famous palaces (especially impressive by night) but also b..

  • 9 Church of the Friars Minor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Campo dei Frari, San Polo 3072 I - 30125 Venezia

    Immense, the Church of the Friars Minor (Franciscans) has the tallest bell tower in Venice, after Saint Mark, of course. Built entirely with bricks, very sober, this Gothic church imposes itself by its size, and above all, by the works of art it cont..

  • 10 Doge's Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzetta S. Marco 1 I - 30124 Venezia

    Unmissable, this amazing palace reveals Venice's entire history, both the public history of its doges and the more secret, tragic one of an uncompromising Republic. On the brighter side are the sumptuous ducal apartments with a visit culminating with..

  • 11 Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Castello 3259/a I - 30122 Venezia

    Known as the school of the Dalmatians or the "Slavonians" (Schiavoni), the foundation dates from 19 May 1451 when a decree of the Council of Ten approved its statutes and rules. The small interior has the Sts George, Tryphon and Jerome cycl..

  • 12 Scuola Grande di San Rocco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    San Polo 3052 I - 30125 Venezia

    Dedicated to San Rocco, who protected against pestilence and disease, this influential confraternity or scuola was recognised by the Council of Ten in 1478 and dedicated to fighting the plague. Tintoretto was chosen as their painter, and a fine colle..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 Main Square and Neptune Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Maggiore e del Nettuno I - 40124 Bologna

    Side by side (or you could say, the two parts of a single big square shaped like a square), they represent the prestigious monumental center of the red city. Here you will find City Hall, the Palace of the Magistrate, Saint Petrone Cathedral, the Pal..

  • 15 Quarter of the Trulli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Sacramento I - 70011 Alberobello

    A number of "trulli" scale the hillside dominated by the Church of S. Antonio, to the south of the city. Several of them are open to visitors, offering an opportunity to discover this original way of living. From the rooftops, beautiful vie..

  • 16 Piazza San Carlo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza S. - Carlo I - 10123 Torino

    An example of harmony, this square is a beautiful example of urban planning. The churches of San Carlo and Santa Cristina stand on the Via Roma. To the east is the Philharmonic Academy (17C). In the centre is the famous " caval d'bronz", an..

  • 17 Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via Accademia delle Scienze 6 I - 10123 Torino

    One of the world's most beautiful collections of Egyptian antiquities. On strolling through the ground-floor halls under the gaze of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom, note the rupestrian (rock) temple of Thoutmes III transported from the Nile Valley t..

  • 18 National Cinema Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    via Montebello 20 I - 10124 Torino

    Opened in 2000, the museum owes its existence to collector and film critic Maria Adrian Prolo (1908-1991) who first conceived of the idea in 1941. An imaginative interactive itinerary traces the main themes of cinematic history and the early days of ..

  • 19 Pinacoteca Brera Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Brera 28 I - 20121 Milano

    After visiting the Jési collection dedicated to the great movements of the 20C (futurists, metaphysical art), there awaits the largest collection of Venetian paintings (outside Venice itself, of course!) represented by Bellini, Veronese, Mantegna and..

  • 20 Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za Pio XI 2 I - 20123 Milano

    Built in 1609, the palace of Cardinal Federico Borromeo has one of the world's richest libraries, and an art gallery founded on the collections of the Cardinal: works by Bernardino Luini (Christ Child with a Lamb), Raphael ( cartoon for School of Ath..

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