Guidebook for Rome's Landmarks

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Alberto & Marialetizia
Guidebook for Rome's Landmarks

Rome's Most Famous Landmarks

Here you can find the most famous squares, fountains and monuments which are worth seeing while you're in Rome.
When in Rome, don't miss a visit to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Get your tickets at: https://parcocolosseo.it/en/
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Colosseum
1 Piazza del Colosseo
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When in Rome, don't miss a visit to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Get your tickets at: https://parcocolosseo.it/en/
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch dedicated to the emperor Constantine the Great. It is located right next to the Colosseum.
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Arch of Constantine
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The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch dedicated to the emperor Constantine the Great. It is located right next to the Colosseum.
The Arch of Titus is a 1st-century AD honorific arch, located just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in c. 81 AD by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus's official deification or consecratio and the victory of Titus together with their father, Vespasian, over the Jewish rebellion in Judaea.
Arch of Titus
The Arch of Titus is a 1st-century AD honorific arch, located just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in c. 81 AD by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus's official deification or consecratio and the victory of Titus together with their father, Vespasian, over the Jewish rebellion in Judaea.
After the devastating fire of 64 AD, which destroyed much of the centre of Rome, the emperor Nero began building a new residence, which for pomp and splendor went down to history by the name of the Domus Aurea. After Nero’s death his successors decided to erase all traces of the emperor and his palace. The luxurious chambers were deprived of their cladding and sculptures and filled in with earth up to the vaults to be used as the substructures for other buildings. The parts that can be visited today are those on the Oppian hill: these areas were probably used for holding festivities and banquets. To visit the Domus Aurea, you can buy your tickets at: https://parcocolosseo.it/en/area/the-domus-aurea/
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Domus Aurea
1 Via della Domus Aurea
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After the devastating fire of 64 AD, which destroyed much of the centre of Rome, the emperor Nero began building a new residence, which for pomp and splendor went down to history by the name of the Domus Aurea. After Nero’s death his successors decided to erase all traces of the emperor and his palace. The luxurious chambers were deprived of their cladding and sculptures and filled in with earth up to the vaults to be used as the substructures for other buildings. The parts that can be visited today are those on the Oppian hill: these areas were probably used for holding festivities and banquets. To visit the Domus Aurea, you can buy your tickets at: https://parcocolosseo.it/en/area/the-domus-aurea/
The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. For centuries the Forum was the center of day-to-day life in Rome. Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. To visit the Roman Forum, you can buy your tickets at: https://parcocolosseo.it/en/area/the-roman-forum/
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Forum Romanum
5/6 Via della Salara Vecchia
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The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. For centuries the Forum was the center of day-to-day life in Rome. Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. To visit the Roman Forum, you can buy your tickets at: https://parcocolosseo.it/en/area/the-roman-forum/
Trajan's Forum was the last of the Imperial fora to be constructed in ancient Rome. Next to Trajan's Forum, there is Trajan's Market. Thought to be the world's oldest shopping mall, the arcades in Trajan's Market are now believed by many to be administrative offices for Emperor Trajan. The shops and apartments were built in a multi-level structure and it is still possible to visit several of the levels. Highlights include delicate marble floors and the remains of a library. To visit Trajan's Market, you can get your tickets at: https://www.mercatiditraiano.it/en
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Trajan's Market
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Trajan's Forum was the last of the Imperial fora to be constructed in ancient Rome. Next to Trajan's Forum, there is Trajan's Market. Thought to be the world's oldest shopping mall, the arcades in Trajan's Market are now believed by many to be administrative offices for Emperor Trajan. The shops and apartments were built in a multi-level structure and it is still possible to visit several of the levels. Highlights include delicate marble floors and the remains of a library. To visit Trajan's Market, you can get your tickets at: https://www.mercatiditraiano.it/en
The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue in Rome. In the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills, it was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later Empire. It measured 621m in length and 118m in width and could accommodate over 150,000 spectators. In its fully developed form, it became the model for circuses throughout the Roman Empire. The site is now a public park.
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Circus Maximus
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The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue in Rome. In the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills, it was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later Empire. It measured 621m in length and 118m in width and could accommodate over 150,000 spectators. In its fully developed form, it became the model for circuses throughout the Roman Empire. The site is now a public park.
The Baths of Caracalla were the city's second largest Roman public baths, or thermae. The baths were likely built between AD 212 and 216, during the reigns of emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. They were in operation until the 530s and then fell into disuse and ruin. To visit the Baths of Caracalla, you can get your tickets at: https://www.coopculture.it/en/products/ticket-for-baths-of-caracalla/ During the summer, the Baths of Caracalla host various concerts and theatre plays. You can get your tickets at: https://www.ticketone.it/city/roma-216/venue/terme-di-caracalla-19516/
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Baths of Caracalla
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The Baths of Caracalla were the city's second largest Roman public baths, or thermae. The baths were likely built between AD 212 and 216, during the reigns of emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. They were in operation until the 530s and then fell into disuse and ruin. To visit the Baths of Caracalla, you can get your tickets at: https://www.coopculture.it/en/products/ticket-for-baths-of-caracalla/ During the summer, the Baths of Caracalla host various concerts and theatre plays. You can get your tickets at: https://www.ticketone.it/city/roma-216/venue/terme-di-caracalla-19516/
On the Capitoline Hill stands the Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo in 1536 on commission from Pope Paul III. Michelangelo made an elegant podium for the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and designed an imposing staircase with wide steps, which allowed easy ascent even for horsemen. Around 1546, Michelangelo created the facade of the Palazzo Senatorio, which houses the city's City Council, with a two-flight front staircase, frames the splendid fountain.
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Capitolium
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On the Capitoline Hill stands the Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo in 1536 on commission from Pope Paul III. Michelangelo made an elegant podium for the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and designed an imposing staircase with wide steps, which allowed easy ascent even for horsemen. Around 1546, Michelangelo created the facade of the Palazzo Senatorio, which houses the city's City Council, with a two-flight front staircase, frames the splendid fountain.
The Vittoriano is a large national monument built between 1885 and 1935 to honor Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy.
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Monumento a Vittoria Emanuele Ⅱ
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The Vittoriano is a large national monument built between 1885 and 1935 to honor Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy.
The Trevi Fountain is an 18th-century fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini and several others. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The name of the Latin fountain derives from the Latin word Trivium (intersection of three streets). Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.
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Trevi Fountain
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The Trevi Fountain is an 18th-century fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini and several others. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The name of the Latin fountain derives from the Latin word Trivium (intersection of three streets). Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.
Piazza Navona is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones ("games"), and hence it was known as "Circus Agonalis" ("competition arena"). It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona. It features important sculptural creations: in the centre stands the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini, and the Pamphili palace, that accommodates the long gallery designed by Borromini and frescoed by Pietro da Cortona.
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Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones ("games"), and hence it was known as "Circus Agonalis" ("competition arena"). It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona. It features important sculptural creations: in the centre stands the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini, and the Pamphili palace, that accommodates the long gallery designed by Borromini and frescoed by Pietro da Cortona.
Campo de' Fiori is a rectangular square south of Piazza Navona. Campo de' Fiori, translated literally from Italian, means "field of flowers". The name dates to the Middle Ages when the area was a meadow. Executions used to be held publicly in Campo de' Fiori. Here, on 17 February 1600, the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive for heresy, and all of his works were placed on the Index of Forbidden Books by the Holy Office.
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Campo de' Fiori
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Campo de' Fiori is a rectangular square south of Piazza Navona. Campo de' Fiori, translated literally from Italian, means "field of flowers". The name dates to the Middle Ages when the area was a meadow. Executions used to be held publicly in Campo de' Fiori. Here, on 17 February 1600, the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive for heresy, and all of his works were placed on the Index of Forbidden Books by the Holy Office.
The Pantheon is a former Roman temple and, since 609 AD, a Catholic church. It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history.
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Pantheon
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The Pantheon is a former Roman temple and, since 609 AD, a Catholic church. It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history.
Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, is one of the most famous squares in Rome, Italy. It owes its name to the Palazzo di Spagna, the seat of the Embassy of Spain to the Holy See. There is also the famed Column of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the middle of the square is the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, dating to the beginning of the baroque period, sculpted by Pietro Bernini and his son, the more famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The imposing 135-step staircase was inaugurated by Pope Benedict XIII during the 1725 Jubilee and it was built in order to connect the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Church of Trinità dei Monti.
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Piazza di Spagna
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Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, is one of the most famous squares in Rome, Italy. It owes its name to the Palazzo di Spagna, the seat of the Embassy of Spain to the Holy See. There is also the famed Column of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the middle of the square is the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, dating to the beginning of the baroque period, sculpted by Pietro Bernini and his son, the more famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The imposing 135-step staircase was inaugurated by Pope Benedict XIII during the 1725 Jubilee and it was built in order to connect the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Church of Trinità dei Monti.
The Fontana del Tritone is a seventeenth-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Commissioned by his patron, Pope Urban VIII, the fountain is located in the Piazza Barberini, near the entrance to the Palazzo Barberini that Bernini helped design and construct for the Barberini, Urban's family.
Fontana del Tritone
The Fontana del Tritone is a seventeenth-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Commissioned by his patron, Pope Urban VIII, the fountain is located in the Piazza Barberini, near the entrance to the Palazzo Barberini that Bernini helped design and construct for the Barberini, Urban's family.
Piazza del Popolo is a large urban square in Rome. The layout of the piazza today was designed in neoclassical style between 1811 and 1822 by the architect Giuseppe Valadier. An Egyptian obelisk of Sety I (later erected by Rameses II) from Heliopolis stands in the centre of the Piazza. Looking from the north, three streets branch out from the piazza into the city, forming the so-called "trident" (il Tridente): the Via del Corso in the centre; the Via del Babuino to the left and the Via di Ripetta to the right. The twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto define the junctions of the roads.
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Piazza del Popolo
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Piazza del Popolo is a large urban square in Rome. The layout of the piazza today was designed in neoclassical style between 1811 and 1822 by the architect Giuseppe Valadier. An Egyptian obelisk of Sety I (later erected by Rameses II) from Heliopolis stands in the centre of the Piazza. Looking from the north, three streets branch out from the piazza into the city, forming the so-called "trident" (il Tridente): the Via del Corso in the centre; the Via del Babuino to the left and the Via di Ripetta to the right. The twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto define the junctions of the roads.
Saint Peter's Basilica is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave that is within the city of Rome. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world by interior measure.
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Pietarinkirkko
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Saint Peter's Basilica is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave that is within the city of Rome. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world by interior measure.
Castel Sant'Angelo was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The structure was once the tallest building in Rome.
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Castel Sant'Angelo
50 Lungotevere Castello
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Castel Sant'Angelo was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The structure was once the tallest building in Rome.
The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola also known as Il Fontanone ("The big fountain") is a monumental fountain located on the Janiculum Hill, near the church of San Pietro in Montorio, in Rome. It was built in 1612 to mark the end of the Acqua Paola aqueduct, restored by Pope Paul V, and took its name from him. It was the first major fountain on the right bank of the River Tiber.
Fontana dell'Acqua Paola
The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola also known as Il Fontanone ("The big fountain") is a monumental fountain located on the Janiculum Hill, near the church of San Pietro in Montorio, in Rome. It was built in 1612 to mark the end of the Acqua Paola aqueduct, restored by Pope Paul V, and took its name from him. It was the first major fountain on the right bank of the River Tiber.
The Porticus Octaviae is an ancient structure in Rome. The colonnaded walks of the portico enclosed the temples of Jupiter Stator and Juno Regina, as well as a library. The structure was used as a fish market from the medieval period up to the end of 19th century. Starting in 1555 the Portico d'Ottavia was incorporated within what was called the newly established Jewish ghetto and ended up becoming one of its symbols. To this day, strolling through the vestiges of this ancient portico, one willingly abandons the city and tourist chaos and moves on to a fascinating atmosphere that is entirely private and domestic, where the normal daily gestures of the inhabitants and the small family-run stores still find their place, and where the silent respect for the tragic rounding up of October 1943 is never forgotten.
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Portico of Octavia
29 Via del Portico d'Ottavia
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The Porticus Octaviae is an ancient structure in Rome. The colonnaded walks of the portico enclosed the temples of Jupiter Stator and Juno Regina, as well as a library. The structure was used as a fish market from the medieval period up to the end of 19th century. Starting in 1555 the Portico d'Ottavia was incorporated within what was called the newly established Jewish ghetto and ended up becoming one of its symbols. To this day, strolling through the vestiges of this ancient portico, one willingly abandons the city and tourist chaos and moves on to a fascinating atmosphere that is entirely private and domestic, where the normal daily gestures of the inhabitants and the small family-run stores still find their place, and where the silent respect for the tragic rounding up of October 1943 is never forgotten.
The Turtle Fountain is a fountain of the late Italian Renaissance, located in Piazza Mattei, in the jewish district of Rome. It was built between 1580 and 1588 by the architect Giacomo della Porta and the sculptor Taddeo Landini. The bronze turtles around the upper basin were added in either 1658 or 1659 when the fountain was restored.
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Turtle Fountain
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The Turtle Fountain is a fountain of the late Italian Renaissance, located in Piazza Mattei, in the jewish district of Rome. It was built between 1580 and 1588 by the architect Giacomo della Porta and the sculptor Taddeo Landini. The bronze turtles around the upper basin were added in either 1658 or 1659 when the fountain was restored.

Museums

These are the most important museums and ancient buildings which you can visit by paying a ticket.
The Vatican Museums are the public museums of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments. To visit the Vatican Museums, you can buy your tickets at: https://tickets.museivaticani.va/home
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Vatikaanin museot
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The Vatican Museums are the public museums of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments. To visit the Vatican Museums, you can buy your tickets at: https://tickets.museivaticani.va/home
Palazzo Colonna is a Roman palace whose extension covers about three hectares; this makes it by far the largest noble palace in the city. During the 1600s the extraordinary Colonna Gallery was built, an authentic jewel of Roman Baroque. In addition to the palace's prestigious apartments, including Princess Isabelle's still intact one, the Gallery houses the priceless art collections that the Colonna family has collected and handed down over the centuries. Highlights include masterpieces by Italian and foreign artists such as Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Carracci, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese and Vanvitelli, who worked between the 15th and 17th centuries. To visit Palazzo Colonna, you can buy your tickets at: https://www.ticketone.it/city/roma-216/venue/palazzo-colonna-galleria-colonna-21955/
Palazzo Colonna
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Palazzo Colonna is a Roman palace whose extension covers about three hectares; this makes it by far the largest noble palace in the city. During the 1600s the extraordinary Colonna Gallery was built, an authentic jewel of Roman Baroque. In addition to the palace's prestigious apartments, including Princess Isabelle's still intact one, the Gallery houses the priceless art collections that the Colonna family has collected and handed down over the centuries. Highlights include masterpieces by Italian and foreign artists such as Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Carracci, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese and Vanvitelli, who worked between the 15th and 17th centuries. To visit Palazzo Colonna, you can buy your tickets at: https://www.ticketone.it/city/roma-216/venue/palazzo-colonna-galleria-colonna-21955/
The National Roman Museum is a museum, with several branches in separate buildings throughout the city of Rome, Italy. It shows exhibits from the pre- and early history of Rome, with a focus on archaeological findings from the period of Ancient Rome. The Baths of Diocletian are a monumental complex unique in the world for its size and exceptional state of preservation. They were built in just eight years between 298 and 306 A.D. and covered an area of 13 hectares. To visit the National Roman Museum, get your tickets at: https://www.coopculture.it/en/poi/national-roman-museum/
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National Roman Museum, Baths of Diocletian
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The National Roman Museum is a museum, with several branches in separate buildings throughout the city of Rome, Italy. It shows exhibits from the pre- and early history of Rome, with a focus on archaeological findings from the period of Ancient Rome. The Baths of Diocletian are a monumental complex unique in the world for its size and exceptional state of preservation. They were built in just eight years between 298 and 306 A.D. and covered an area of 13 hectares. To visit the National Roman Museum, get your tickets at: https://www.coopculture.it/en/poi/national-roman-museum/
The Museum of the Ara Pacis houses the Ara Pacis of Augustus, an ancient monument that was initially inaugurated on January 30, 9 B.C. The Ara Pacis Augustae (Latin, "Altar of Augustan Peace"; commonly shortened to Ara Pacis) is an altar dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of Peace. The monument was commissioned by the Roman Senate on July 4, 13 BC to honour the return of Augustus to Rome after three years in Hispania and Gaul and consecrated on January 30, 9 BC. Originally located on the northern outskirts of Rome, a Roman mile from the boundary of the pomerium on the west side of the Via Flaminia, the Ara Pacis stood in the northeastern corner of the Campus Martius, the former flood plain of the Tiber River and gradually became buried under 4 metres of silt deposits. It was reassembled in its current location, now the Museum of the Ara Pacis, in 1938, turned 90° counterclockwise from its original orientation so that the original western side now faces south. To visit the museum, get your tickets at: https://museiincomuneroma.vivaticket.it/it/tour/museo-dell-ara-pacis/2383
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Museo dell'Ara Pacis
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The Museum of the Ara Pacis houses the Ara Pacis of Augustus, an ancient monument that was initially inaugurated on January 30, 9 B.C. The Ara Pacis Augustae (Latin, "Altar of Augustan Peace"; commonly shortened to Ara Pacis) is an altar dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of Peace. The monument was commissioned by the Roman Senate on July 4, 13 BC to honour the return of Augustus to Rome after three years in Hispania and Gaul and consecrated on January 30, 9 BC. Originally located on the northern outskirts of Rome, a Roman mile from the boundary of the pomerium on the west side of the Via Flaminia, the Ara Pacis stood in the northeastern corner of the Campus Martius, the former flood plain of the Tiber River and gradually became buried under 4 metres of silt deposits. It was reassembled in its current location, now the Museum of the Ara Pacis, in 1938, turned 90° counterclockwise from its original orientation so that the original western side now faces south. To visit the museum, get your tickets at: https://museiincomuneroma.vivaticket.it/it/tour/museo-dell-ara-pacis/2383
The rich Borghese collection consists of ancient sculptures, bas-reliefs and mosaics, as well as paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 18th centuries. Initially established by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early 17th century, the collection contains masterpieces by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Raffaello, Tiziano, Correggio, Caravaggio, and splendid sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova. To visit the Borghese Gallery, get your tickets at: https://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/en/visita/info-biglietti/
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Galleria Borghese
5 Piazzale Scipione Borghese
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The rich Borghese collection consists of ancient sculptures, bas-reliefs and mosaics, as well as paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 18th centuries. Initially established by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the early 17th century, the collection contains masterpieces by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Raffaello, Tiziano, Correggio, Caravaggio, and splendid sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Canova. To visit the Borghese Gallery, get your tickets at: https://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/en/visita/info-biglietti/

Most Beautiful Churches

These are some of Rome's most beautiful churches, some of which contain beautiful artworks by Michelangelo, Caravaggio or others.
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, the official residence of the pope. The chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who had it built between 1473 and 1481. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today, it is the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescoes that decorate the interior, most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment, both by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums.
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Sistine Chapel
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The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, the official residence of the pope. The chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who had it built between 1473 and 1481. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today, it is the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescoes that decorate the interior, most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment, both by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums.
San Pietro in Vincoli is a Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica in Rome, best known for being the home of Michelangelo's statue of Moses, part of the tomb of Pope Julius II.
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San Pietro in Vincoli
4/a Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli
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San Pietro in Vincoli is a Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica in Rome, best known for being the home of Michelangelo's statue of Moses, part of the tomb of Pope Julius II.
The Basilica of Saint Clement is a Latin Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I located in Rome. Archaeologically speaking, the structure is a three-tiered complex of buildings: (1) the present basilica built just before the year 1100 during the height of the Middle Ages; (2) beneath the present basilica is a 4th-century basilica that had been converted out of the home of a Roman nobleman, part of which had in the 1st century briefly served as an early church, and the basement of which had in the 2nd century briefly served as a mithraeum; (3) the home of the Roman nobleman had been built on the foundations of republican era villa and warehouse that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of AD 64.
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St. Clement Basilica
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The Basilica of Saint Clement is a Latin Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I located in Rome. Archaeologically speaking, the structure is a three-tiered complex of buildings: (1) the present basilica built just before the year 1100 during the height of the Middle Ages; (2) beneath the present basilica is a 4th-century basilica that had been converted out of the home of a Roman nobleman, part of which had in the 1st century briefly served as an early church, and the basement of which had in the 2nd century briefly served as a mithraeum; (3) the home of the Roman nobleman had been built on the foundations of republican era villa and warehouse that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of AD 64.
The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is a Major papal basilica as well as one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome. The basilica enshrines the venerated image of Salus Populi Romani, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary as the health and protectress of the Roman people. Pursuant to the Lateran Treaty of 1929 between the Holy See and Italy, the Basilica is within Italian territory and not the territory of the Vatican City State. However, the Holy See fully owns the Basilica, and Italy is legally obligated to recognize its full ownership thereof and to concede to it "the immunity granted by International Law to the headquarters of the diplomatic agents of foreign States." In other words, the complex of buildings has a status somewhat similar to a foreign embassy.
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Santa Maria Maggiore
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The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is a Major papal basilica as well as one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome. The basilica enshrines the venerated image of Salus Populi Romani, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary as the health and protectress of the Roman people. Pursuant to the Lateran Treaty of 1929 between the Holy See and Italy, the Basilica is within Italian territory and not the territory of the Vatican City State. However, the Holy See fully owns the Basilica, and Italy is legally obligated to recognize its full ownership thereof and to concede to it "the immunity granted by International Law to the headquarters of the diplomatic agents of foreign States." In other words, the complex of buildings has a status somewhat similar to a foreign embassy.
The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome in the city of Rome, and serves as the seat of the bishop of Rome, the pope. The archbasilica lies outside of Vatican City proper. Nevertheless, as properties of the Holy See, the archbasilica and its adjoining edifices enjoy an extraterritorial status from Italy, pursuant to the terms of the Lateran Treaty of 1929. The church is the oldest and highest ranking of the four major papal basilicas as well as one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome, holding the unique title of "archbasilica". Originally founded in 324, it is the oldest public church in the city of Rome, and the oldest basilica of the Western world. The building deteriorated during the Middle Ages and was badly damaged by two fires in the 14th century. It was rebuilt in the late 16th century during the reign of Pope Sixtus V. The new structure's interior was renovated in the late 17th century, and its façade was completed in 1735 under Pope Clement XII.
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San Giovanni in Laterano
4 Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano
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The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome in the city of Rome, and serves as the seat of the bishop of Rome, the pope. The archbasilica lies outside of Vatican City proper. Nevertheless, as properties of the Holy See, the archbasilica and its adjoining edifices enjoy an extraterritorial status from Italy, pursuant to the terms of the Lateran Treaty of 1929. The church is the oldest and highest ranking of the four major papal basilicas as well as one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome, holding the unique title of "archbasilica". Originally founded in 324, it is the oldest public church in the city of Rome, and the oldest basilica of the Western world. The building deteriorated during the Middle Ages and was badly damaged by two fires in the 14th century. It was rebuilt in the late 16th century during the reign of Pope Sixtus V. The new structure's interior was renovated in the late 17th century, and its façade was completed in 1735 under Pope Clement XII.
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is a titular minor basilica in the Trastevere district of Rome, and one of the oldest churches of Rome. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, and much of the structure to 1140–43. The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Callixtus I and later completed by Pope Julius I. The church has large areas of important mosaics from the late 13th century by Pietro Cavallini.
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Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere
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The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is a titular minor basilica in the Trastevere district of Rome, and one of the oldest churches of Rome. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, and much of the structure to 1140–43. The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Callixtus I and later completed by Pope Julius I. The church has large areas of important mosaics from the late 13th century by Pietro Cavallini.
The Basilica of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, stands on the family home of the noble Cecilia, who was martyred around 230 AD. The woman, guilty of attempting to convert her husband Valerian and her brother Tiburtius, was, according to tradition, tortured for three days in the calidarium, in the church's basement; when the third day expired, not yet suffocated by the hot vapors, her torturers beheaded her. The Legenda Aurea has it that Pope Urban I, witnessing the torture, buried the martyr's body among those of the bishops and consecrated the house, turning it into a church.
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Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
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The Basilica of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, stands on the family home of the noble Cecilia, who was martyred around 230 AD. The woman, guilty of attempting to convert her husband Valerian and her brother Tiburtius, was, according to tradition, tortured for three days in the calidarium, in the church's basement; when the third day expired, not yet suffocated by the hot vapors, her torturers beheaded her. The Legenda Aurea has it that Pope Urban I, witnessing the torture, buried the martyr's body among those of the bishops and consecrated the house, turning it into a church.
The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi is famous for masterpieces by Caravaggio, Domenichino and Guido Reni. The church was designed by Giacomo della Porta and built by Domenico Fontana between 1518 and 1589, and completed through the personal intervention of Catherine de' Medici, who donated to it some property in the area. It is the national church in Rome of France.
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Church of St. Louis of the French
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The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi is famous for masterpieces by Caravaggio, Domenichino and Guido Reni. The church was designed by Giacomo della Porta and built by Domenico Fontana between 1518 and 1589, and completed through the personal intervention of Catherine de' Medici, who donated to it some property in the area. It is the national church in Rome of France.
The Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Baroque architect Francesco Borromini and certainly one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Europe. It was erected in the years 1642-60, at the behest of Pope Urban VIII, in the context of the Palazzo della Sapienza, at the east end of the porticoed courtyard that architect Giacomo Della Porta had built at the beginning of the century. The small church was configured as the chapel of the University of Rome.
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St. Ivo alla Sapienza
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The Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Baroque architect Francesco Borromini and certainly one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Europe. It was erected in the years 1642-60, at the behest of Pope Urban VIII, in the context of the Palazzo della Sapienza, at the east end of the porticoed courtyard that architect Giacomo Della Porta had built at the beginning of the century. The small church was configured as the chapel of the University of Rome.

Parks and Terraces with a Beautiful View

These are Rome's most beautiful parks most of which are located on a hill from which you can see the city from above.
From the Giardino degli Aranci there is a splendid view of Rome from the bend of the Tiber River to St. Peter's Basilica. Leaving the Giardino degli Aranci and turning right, one comes to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, designed by the famous engraver Giovan Battista Piranesi in 1765. From the lock of the doorway leading into the Villa dei Cavalieri, you can see the dome of St. Peter's framed by the hedges of the gardens.
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Giardino degli Aranci
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From the Giardino degli Aranci there is a splendid view of Rome from the bend of the Tiber River to St. Peter's Basilica. Leaving the Giardino degli Aranci and turning right, one comes to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, designed by the famous engraver Giovan Battista Piranesi in 1765. From the lock of the doorway leading into the Villa dei Cavalieri, you can see the dome of St. Peter's framed by the hedges of the gardens.
In the afternoon towards sunset, Rome looks unforgettable as seen from the terrace of the Pincio, a grandiose public park designed by Giuseppe Valadier (1834) and a favorite urban promenade for citizens. Below is the spacious Piazza del Popolo, and looking up, the city stretches out: on the horizon dominates the majestic dome of St. Peter's, on the right stands Monte Mario, on the left the Quirinale; in the distance, high on the Janiculum, one can guess the equestrian monument of G. Garibaldi. In the middle stand out, architecturally well outlined, the ancient 16th-century palaces. The Terrazza del Pincio is part of the Villa Borghese park.
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Terrazza del Pincio
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In the afternoon towards sunset, Rome looks unforgettable as seen from the terrace of the Pincio, a grandiose public park designed by Giuseppe Valadier (1834) and a favorite urban promenade for citizens. Below is the spacious Piazza del Popolo, and looking up, the city stretches out: on the horizon dominates the majestic dome of St. Peter's, on the right stands Monte Mario, on the left the Quirinale; in the distance, high on the Janiculum, one can guess the equestrian monument of G. Garibaldi. In the middle stand out, architecturally well outlined, the ancient 16th-century palaces. The Terrazza del Pincio is part of the Villa Borghese park.
Villa Borghese Park occupies a vast area in the heart of the city. The villa encloses within it buildings, sculptures, monuments and fountains, the work of illustrious artists of Baroque, neoclassical and eclectic art, surrounded by centuries-old trees, ponds, Italian-style gardens and large open spaces, created with great care. The most striking places in Villa Borghese are: the Lake Garden where it is possible to rent small boats and admire, in the center of the body of water, the Temple dedicated to Aesculapius and, along the banks, the Sundial and the Fountain of the Family of Satyrs; the Secret Gardens (Garden of the Bird House, Old Garden, Garden of the Sundial and Garden of Cultivation) reconstructed on the basis of historical and iconographic records; Piazza di Siena named after the city of origin of the Borghese family, the site of the International Horse Competition, where events and concerts are held; the Casino Borghese del Vasanzio, in which the Borghese Gallery is housed; the Fortezzuola now home to the Museo Canonica; the ETRU Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art; and the Deer Park.
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Villa Borghese
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Villa Borghese Park occupies a vast area in the heart of the city. The villa encloses within it buildings, sculptures, monuments and fountains, the work of illustrious artists of Baroque, neoclassical and eclectic art, surrounded by centuries-old trees, ponds, Italian-style gardens and large open spaces, created with great care. The most striking places in Villa Borghese are: the Lake Garden where it is possible to rent small boats and admire, in the center of the body of water, the Temple dedicated to Aesculapius and, along the banks, the Sundial and the Fountain of the Family of Satyrs; the Secret Gardens (Garden of the Bird House, Old Garden, Garden of the Sundial and Garden of Cultivation) reconstructed on the basis of historical and iconographic records; Piazza di Siena named after the city of origin of the Borghese family, the site of the International Horse Competition, where events and concerts are held; the Casino Borghese del Vasanzio, in which the Borghese Gallery is housed; the Fortezzuola now home to the Museo Canonica; the ETRU Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art; and the Deer Park.
From the Terrace of the Janiculum there is one of the most striking views of Rome's historic center. Since 1904, under the Belvedere on the Janiculum Hill, at 12 noon sharp three soldiers each day load a howitzer with blanks and fire a shot. The tradition of the cannon shot dates back to Pius IX who, to avoid time confusion, established this service in 1846.
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Janiculum Terrace
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From the Terrace of the Janiculum there is one of the most striking views of Rome's historic center. Since 1904, under the Belvedere on the Janiculum Hill, at 12 noon sharp three soldiers each day load a howitzer with blanks and fire a shot. The tradition of the cannon shot dates back to Pius IX who, to avoid time confusion, established this service in 1846.
The Villa Doria Pamphili is a seventeenth-century villa with what is today the largest landscaped public park in Rome, Italy. It is located on the Gianicolo. It began as a villa for the Pamphili family and when the line died out in the eighteenth century, it passed to Prince Giovanni Andrea IV Doria, and has been known as the Villa Doria Pamphili since. The villa has been an object of interest in landscape painting. Its beauty very often imposes it as the main subject of the work, with its elements arranged in striking compositions.
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Villa Doria Pamphili
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The Villa Doria Pamphili is a seventeenth-century villa with what is today the largest landscaped public park in Rome, Italy. It is located on the Gianicolo. It began as a villa for the Pamphili family and when the line died out in the eighteenth century, it passed to Prince Giovanni Andrea IV Doria, and has been known as the Villa Doria Pamphili since. The villa has been an object of interest in landscape painting. Its beauty very often imposes it as the main subject of the work, with its elements arranged in striking compositions.

Neighborhoods

One of Rome's most beautiful neighborhoods, with cute narrow little streets and ancient buildings. The neighborhood is really vibrant and full of nice restaurants and bars.
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Monti
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One of Rome's most beautiful neighborhoods, with cute narrow little streets and ancient buildings. The neighborhood is really vibrant and full of nice restaurants and bars.
Situated on the opposite bank of the Tiber from the Monti district, where our apartments are located, Trastevere is one of the most beloved neighborhoods for citizens and tourists who here, among its intricate alleys, characteristic squares and in the many trattorias, rediscover the atmosphere of Rome of the past. With its small alleys and views always fascinating and unusual, Trastevere is also one of the most photogenic and photographed neighborhoods in Rome. Poetic passage to the opposite bank of the Tiber is the Isola Tiberina, the river's only urban island. It is connected to Trastevere by Cestio Bridge, and to the Ancient Jewish Ghetto by Fabricio Bridge.
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Trastevere
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Situated on the opposite bank of the Tiber from the Monti district, where our apartments are located, Trastevere is one of the most beloved neighborhoods for citizens and tourists who here, among its intricate alleys, characteristic squares and in the many trattorias, rediscover the atmosphere of Rome of the past. With its small alleys and views always fascinating and unusual, Trastevere is also one of the most photogenic and photographed neighborhoods in Rome. Poetic passage to the opposite bank of the Tiber is the Isola Tiberina, the river's only urban island. It is connected to Trastevere by Cestio Bridge, and to the Ancient Jewish Ghetto by Fabricio Bridge.
In this rione, you can stroll along Rome's main shopping streets among the palaces where all the big decisions about Italy are made. Some of the most interesting sights and monuments in the Rione Colonna include Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Government and the Council of Ministers, and Palazzo Montecitorio, the seat of the Chamber of Deputies; Via Vittorio Veneto, Via del Corso and Via Frattina, famous shopping streets; and the Galleria Alberto Sordi, a small shopping mall in the heart of Rome.
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In this rione, you can stroll along Rome's main shopping streets among the palaces where all the big decisions about Italy are made. Some of the most interesting sights and monuments in the Rione Colonna include Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Government and the Council of Ministers, and Palazzo Montecitorio, the seat of the Chamber of Deputies; Via Vittorio Veneto, Via del Corso and Via Frattina, famous shopping streets; and the Galleria Alberto Sordi, a small shopping mall in the heart of Rome.
Its location, between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, has made it a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world. This district hosts some of the most important monuments, typical trattorias and numerous bars and cafes. Among the most interesting artistic and religious sights are Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate of the Republic and the work of Giuliano da Sangallo, the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi with Caravaggio's three masterpieces dedicated to St. Matthew and the Basilica of Sant'Eustachio surmounted by the head of a deer, the emblem of the district and representation of the saint, one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in Rome. In the beautiful Basilica of St. Augustine in Campo Marzio, you can admire Caravaggio's Madonna of the Pilgrims; in the Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, a work of Borromini. The heart of the district is the square of the same name, which in addition to the church is home to one of Rome's best-known cafes, Sant'Eustachio.
Sant'Eustachio
Its location, between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, has made it a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world. This district hosts some of the most important monuments, typical trattorias and numerous bars and cafes. Among the most interesting artistic and religious sights are Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate of the Republic and the work of Giuliano da Sangallo, the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi with Caravaggio's three masterpieces dedicated to St. Matthew and the Basilica of Sant'Eustachio surmounted by the head of a deer, the emblem of the district and representation of the saint, one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in Rome. In the beautiful Basilica of St. Augustine in Campo Marzio, you can admire Caravaggio's Madonna of the Pilgrims; in the Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, a work of Borromini. The heart of the district is the square of the same name, which in addition to the church is home to one of Rome's best-known cafes, Sant'Eustachio.

City/town information

Rome is a very stunning city. Sure, it might be chaotic, but walking around the city centre and seeing all the amazing historic landmarks is priceless. Our apartments are located right at the heart of the city centre, so they are perfect for enjoying Rome. Waking up and seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum is an experience you shouldn't miss out on.
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Rome is a very stunning city. Sure, it might be chaotic, but walking around the city centre and seeing all the amazing historic landmarks is priceless. Our apartments are located right at the heart of the city centre, so they are perfect for enjoying Rome. Waking up and seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum is an experience you shouldn't miss out on.

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What to pack during the summer

If you visit during the summer, definitely bring sunscreen, a hat and light clothing. Rome's historical city centre is paved with "Sanpietrini" cobblestones; if you're planning on walking around, you should bring a comfortable pair of shoes and avoid stilettos.
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Book before you go

Especially during the spring and summer months, Rome is very busy. We recommend planning ahead and booking your tickets for all the historic sites and museums you want to visit (ex. the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel) in order not to risk standing in long queues or missing the chance to visit them.
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Getting around

The best way to get around the historic center of Rome is to walk or take the Metro. In some cases, the best way to reach far-away destinations is to take a taxi. Our apartments are just a few meters away from Colosseo Metro station. Quick tip for Rome's public transport: instead of queuing and buying your tickets at the vending machine, you can use you credit card directly at the turnstile or download the MyCicero mobile app. Map of public transport in Rome's city centre: https://www.atac.roma.it/docs/default-source/mappe-tpl/mappa-roma-centro.pdf?sfvrsn=68cf7dc5_12