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Palazzo Doria Pamphili

Palazzo Doria Pamphili

This is a 17th-century villa surrounded by the largest landscaped public park in Rome. It is located in the Monteverde district, on the Gianicolo hill (Janiculum in Latin), within the city walls of Rome where the ancient Via Aurelia... Read More

Villa Borghese Park

Villa Borghese Park

If the sun is shining and you want to escape the hustle of the city centre, climb the Spanish Steps (or take the escalator from Spagna metro) for the Villa Borghese. A vast expanse of greenery, this is Rome’s most central park. It... Read More

Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

Don’t be put off by the queues snaking down Viale Vaticano – they move quickly. The museums display works from the vast collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church down the centuries including some of the most renowned... Read More

The Vatican

The Vatican

The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church isn’t officially in Rome or even Italy, it is a state in its own right (albeit the world’s smallest state, occupying an area of less than half a kilometer). As far as most visitors are... Read More

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Famously splashed in by Anita Ekberg in Fellini’s mythic Dolce Vita, the extravaganza of sea horses and trident-wielding sea gods was created in 1762, designed by Nicola Salvi who died in 1751 halfway through the job. An estimated... Read More

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

Quite why this elegant flight of steps down from the Church of Trinita dei Monti should be so unmissable remains a mystery but it’s been a compulsory stop-off for visitors to Rome since at least the 18th century (the steps were... Read More

San Luigi dei Francesi

San Luigi dei Francesi

Just a few steps east of Piazza Navona, this fine basilica was built between 1518 and 1589, and partially funded by Catherine de Medici. These days, it’s the church of Rome’s French community. It has a handsome interior but the real... Read More

Roman Forum and Palatine

Roman Forum and Palatine

This was the economic, legal, social and political hub of the Roman world, the setting for temples, government buildings and, of course, the famous Senate. Admission to the vast site includes the Colosseum. We recommend taking a guided... Read More

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

One of the city’s grandest piazzas owes its shape to an ancient athletics stadium built in the 1st century AD. At its centre is the imposing Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651), one of the finest works by Bernini, topped by the Obelisk... Read More

Pantheon

Pantheon

Built 2,000 years ago and originally a temple to the ancient gods, the Pantheon survived because it was converted into a Basilica early in the Christian era. However, the architecture and atmosphere remain unmistakably classical. Gaze... Read More

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

A neo-Renaissance-style 19th-century building, close to the Termini rail station, houses a good portion of the Museo Nazionale Roma’s collection of Classical art. There’s plenty of sculpture, including busts of emperors and statuary... Read More

Palazzo Barberini

Palazzo Barberini

The 17th-century Palazzo Barberini, built by Bernini and centred around a grand two-storey hall, is home to part of the collection of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, one of Italy’s most important painting collections. It... Read More

Palazzo Altemps

Palazzo Altemps

Just across from the Piazza Navona, this Renaissance palace (it dates from the 15th to 16th century) has since the late 1990s been part of the Museo Nazionale Roma. It houses an extensive collection of classical sculptures, including... Read More

Museum of Imperial Fora

Museum of Imperial Fora

This museum opened in 2007 with the aim of explaining the archaeological finds of the Imperial Fora, the monumental public squares built between 46BC and 113AD by emperors like Julius Caesar, Augustus and Trajan. A road through the... Read More

Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese

In the midst of the Villa Borghese Park this art gallery housed in the exquisite former Villa Borghese Pinciana displays paintings by the likes of Raphael, ancient sculptures, and some technically spectacular pieces by Gian Lorenzo... Read More

Colosseum

Colosseum

Battered, diminished, but still standing, and still the perfect embodiment of ancient Roman awesomeness – not only is it beautiful and elegant, but it was the first stadium to have assigned seating: 50,000 people could enter and be... Read More

Capitoline Museums

Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums are a group of art and archaeological museums on top of the Capitoline Hill. The museums date back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronzes to the people of Rome. Since then,... Read More

Campo de Fiori

Campo de Fiori

The piazza known as the “Field of Flowers” is famous as the site of the burning of humanist philosopher Giordano Bruno, commemorated by a statue in the centre of the square, and is also where Caravaggio murdered his tennis partner.... Read More

Baths of Caracalla

Baths of Caracalla

Visit the extensive ruins of the most luxurious of the Imperial baths, built between 213 and 216AD, and which included cold, warm and hot pools. Fragments of mosaic and statuary remain to give some idea of former splendour. Go in the... Read More

Ara Pacis Museum

Ara Pacis Museum

Designed by US architect Richard Meier, this museum on a site overlooking the Tiber opened early 2006. The main hall houses the venue’s centerpiece and raison d’etre: the Ara Paxis altar built around 9BC to celebrate a Roman victory.... Read More


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