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  • 1 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.

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Palazzo Senatorio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 00186 Roma

    Piazza del Campidoglio is bordered by numerous palaces, including Palazzo Senatorio, built in the 12C and remodelled between 1582 and 1602 by Giacomo della Porta and Girolamo Rainaldi (today Rome's town hall).

  • 5 Musei Capitolini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za del Campidoglio (entrée pour personnes handicapées : via del Tempio di Giove) 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..

  • 6 Castel Sant'Angelo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungotevere Castello 50 I - 00193 Roma

    This imposing building was erected in 135 AD as Emperor Hadrian's family mausoleum, and was converted into a chapel by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6C. It acquired a brick layer and keeps under Pope Nicholas V (15C) and octagonal bastions under Alex..

  • 7 Colosseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    P.za del Colosseo I - 00184 Roma

    Inaugurated in 80 AD, the Flavian amphitheatre or Colosseum is the biggest in the Roman world (527m in circumference and 57m high). Three levels of arcades enclose this impressive arena built on part of the site occupied by Nero's Golden House. 50 00..

  • 8 Arch of Constantine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. di S. - Gregorio - Foro Romano I - 00184 Roma

    Rome's finest and best preserved triumphal arch stands in front of the Colosseum. Erected in 315 to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius, it is abundantly decorated with scenes removed from 2C monuments. Recent research has shown that it ..

  • 9 Forum of Trajan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Quattro Novembre I - 00187 Roma

    Lying alongside Via dei Fori Imperiali are the ruins of this forum begun by Trajan in 113. Construction was an ambitious project; part of the Quirinal Hill nearest the Capitol was removed, requiring the excavation of some 30m of soil. The forum is co..

  • 10 Temple of Castor and Pollux Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Sacra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    Just below the Basilica Julia stand the three fine Corinthian columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the rising profile of their white marble evoking the magnificence with which Augustus sought to endow the city. The temple recalls the legend of..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Temple and Atrium of the Vestals Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Sacra - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    In this round temple built in the late 6C BC, the famous Vestals were in charge of keeping the sacred fire burning. Nearby is the Atrium Vestae, where the priestesses lived. The code they adhered to was strict: recruited at the age of 10, they served..

  • 13 Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Salara Vecchia - Foro Romano I - 00173 Roma

    Impossible to miss, this is the massive brick building standing in the Forum Romanum and showing some of its vaults along the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Work began under Maxentius in 305, and was completed by Constantine. This grandiose building housed ..

  • 14 Palatine Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. S.-Gregorio 30 I - 00184 Roma

    On this hill, where Romulus and Remus were found, Domitian built his imperial palace, the Domus Flavia, the focus of official life, the Domus Augustana, the private imperial residence, and the stadium. The House of Livia was perhaps home to Augustus ..

  • 15 Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Liberiana 27 I - 00185 Roma

    Founded by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), this is one of Rome's four great basilicas, and has been remodelled many times down the centuries. Erected in 1377, its campanile is the highest in Rome. The façade (1743-1750) is the work of Ferdinando Fuga. The..

  • 16 Baths of Caracalla Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v.le delle terme di Caracalla 52 I - 00153 Roma

    Built by Caracalla in the year 212, these baths covered 11ha and could accommodate 1 600 people at any one time.The ruins of the caldarium a circular hall measuring 34m in diameter (formerly the hot baths), host opera events in summer.

  • 17 Villa Giulia Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 Vatican Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v.le Vaticano 13 I - 00165 Roma

    These nice gardens are dotted with sculptures and monuments offered by various countries. Pius IV's "casina" is a pleasant 16th-century building, adorned with stuccoes and paintings. There is an admirable view of St. Peter's dome from these..

  • 20 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..

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