What to see in Rome

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Barcaccia Fountain

The fountain is fed by the Acqua Vergine and was built between 1626 and 1629 by Pietro Bernini, appointed architect of Acqua Vergine by pope Urban the Eighth Barberini (1623-1644). Some scholars attribute it to his son Gian Lorenzo, but it is...

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Pincio Walk

The promenade on the Pincian Hill lies between Piazza del Popolo, Villa Medici and the Muro Torto. It has a direct connection to Villa Borghese through Via delle Magnolie and was devised by the Napoleonic administration (which was established in...

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Horse's Mouth

La Bocca della Verità (English: the Mouth of Truth) is an image, carved from Pavonazzo marble, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The sculpture is thought to be part of a first-century ancient...

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Livia House

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Triton Fountain

The fountain was commissioned by Urban the Eighth Barberini (1623-1644) and built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini between the end of 1642 and the first half of 1643. It is sculpted in travertine blocks. Four dauphins emerging from the centre of the pond...

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Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella

This is one of the most famous monuments situated on the Via Appia. It consists of a cylinder covered with travertine slabs, having the upper part decorated with a marble frieze representing festoons and oxen's heads, all resting on an imposing...

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Trajan Column

The Column stands in front of the Churches of the Madonna del Loreto and of the SS. Nome di Maria, next to the ruins of the Basilica Ulpia. The set constitutes one of the most characteristic and famous sites in Rome. The monument served as the...

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Senator Palace

Built in the 12th century on the remains of the ancient Tabularium and using pre-existing fortifications built by powerful baronial families, this palazzo makes up the background to the piazza. It owes its name to its function as senatorial seat...

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St. Peter's Basilica in Vincoli

The church of San Pietro in Vincoli is also known as Basilica Eudossiana, because it was rebuilt (replacing another one of identical dimension, the latter built on Roman ruins), by Eudossia, wife to the Emperor Valentiniano III, to treasure the...

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Ara Pacis Museum

The Ara Pacis is the first work of architecture built in the historical centre of Rome since the end of Fascism. The museum space was designed by the architectural studio of American architect Richard Meier, the author of some of the most notable...

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Subterranean and Miter of the Baths of Caracalla

The Mithreum, a place consecrated to the cult of the God Mithra worshipped in the Orient, is situated in one of the underground galleries assigned to the services of the Thermae of Caracalla. It was discovered in 1912 and proves to be the largest...

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GNAM - National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art

The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art is today a museum with two hearts.
The first is the Museum's connection to the past. Its cultural history is intertwined with that of the Italian State which achieved complete political unity...

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Roman National Museum - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

The National Roman Museum – Massimo Palace at the Thermae houses the section of ancient art, numismatics, and jewelry of the National Roman Museum, already set up in the complex of the Thermae of Diocletian. 

The exhibition occupies the...

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Conservatory Palace

The building known as Palazzo dei Conservatori, seat of an elected magistrature which had the task of administering the city, goes back to the middle of the 15th century. 

The building originally featured a portico on the ground floor and...

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Campidoglio square

The first square of modern Rome created by the criteria of a uniform project due to the genius of Michelangelo, rises on the Capitol hill (Capitolium), the place where an old village had been and the appointed place to dedicate numerous temples...

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Palazzo Farnese

The palace, nicknamed “il dado” (the Dice) because of its shape, was began in 1517 by Antonio da Sangallo the Young for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, who became pope in 1534 with the name of Paul III (1534-1549). When Sangallo died, the works went...

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Catacombs of San Callisto

The Catacombs of San Callisto are the best known of the Roman catacombs and the first official underground burial site for early Christians, including many second- and third-century martyrs. It was probably Calixtus who was chiefly responsible...

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Vatican Gardens

The Vatican Gardens have been a place of quiet and meditation for the Popes ever since 1279 when Nicholas III (Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, 1277-1280) moved his residence back to the Vatican from the Lateran Palace. 

Within the new walls,...

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Roman National Museum - Altemps Palace

The National Roman Museum – Altemps Palace is located within the fifteenth-century Palace built by Girolamo Riario and passed over to the Altemps family in 1568. It belonged to the Holy See from 1887 and housed the Spanish College. 

It was...

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New Palace

Palazzo Nuovo was built in the 17th century under the guidance of Girolamo Rainaldi and his son Carlo. 

Its slanting orientation, which imitates that of Palazzo dei Conservatori opposite, was influenced by a pre-existing retaining wall on...

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Museum of Rome - Palazzo Braschi

The Museum of Rome was inaugurated in 1930 and was first located in the former Pantanella Pasta Factory near the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. In 1952 it was moved to the eighteenth century Palazzo Braschi, former seat of the Fascist...

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Piazza Barberini

It occupies the area of the ancient circus of Flora, where floral games took place in May to celebrate springtime. Placed in a depression and inhabited already in the first centuries of the empire, it filled with villas and gardens during the...

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National Gallery of Ancient Art - Palazzo Corsini

After cardinal Lorenzo Corsini was elected pope with the name of Clement the Twelfth (1730-1740), his family moved from Florence to Rome, purchasing the sixteenth century Palazzo Riario, former residence of the Queen Christine of Sweden that...

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Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II (Victorian)

In 1878 the Italian Parliament decided to build a national monument in honour of the recently deceased sovereign Victor Emanuel II. After publishing two international competitions (in 1880 and 1882) for drawings, it was decided to choose the ones...

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Palazzo Corsini

Palazzo Corsini is typical of Ferdinando Fuga's work, built between 1732 and 1736 on the site of the old Riario Palace, founded in the 15th century and known, among other things, for having been chosen for her home by Queen Christina of...

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Basilica of Massenzio

The Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine (sometimes known as the Basilica Nova - meaning "new basilica" - or Basilica of Maxentius) was the largest building in the Forum.

Construction began on the northern side of the forum under the...

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Church of Jesus

Officially named Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all'Argentina (English: Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus at the "Argentina"), its facade is "the first truly baroque façade", introducing the baroque style into architecture. The church...

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Mausoleum of Augustus

Emperor Augustus, after visiting the tomb of Alexander the Great in Alexandria, decided to build a magnificent tomb for himself and for his family in Campus Martius. The works started in 30 B.C. upon his return to Rome after the war against...

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Keats - Shelley House

Inserted at the foot of the Spanish Steps on the right is the house that was the residence of the English poet John Keats from November 1820 to February 23 1821, the day of his death, known as the Casa Rossa (Red House).

The poet had...

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Villa Farnesina

The villa Farnesina is situated on Via della Lungara, opposite the Corsini Palace. The Sienese banker, Agostino Chigi, named "magnifico" by his contemporaries, acquired the villa, which had been completed in 1509 by Baldassarre Peruzzi, a Sienese...

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Terrace of Pincio

The promenade on the Pincian Hill lies between Piazza del Popolo, Villa Medici and the Muro Torto. It has a direct connection to Villa Borghese through Via delle Magnolie and was devised by the Napoleonic administration (which was established in...

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Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

The palace is the result of a series of architectural vicissitudes that lasted four centuries. It is among the few palaces of Rome to be still occupied by its owners and it preserves an extraordinary collection of furniture and works of art. The...

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Palazzo Colonna

Dating back to the 15th century and Pope Martin V Colonna (1417-1431), it was rebuilt in 1730 by architect Nicola Michetti. 

The present building fills the large block stretching from Piazza SS Apostoli to Via della Pilotta, which it...

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Palace of Venice

The construction of the palace was began in 1451 by Pope Paul II Barbo when he was the titular Cardinal of the nearby Basilica di S. Marco and continued in 1464 whe he was elected Pope. The work was later carried on by his nephew Marco...

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Tabularium and Lapidarium Gallery

The Tabularium was used for the conservation of the bronze tabulae containing the laws and the official deeds of the Roman State. The building occupies the area of the Asylum, the depression of the Capitoline Hill between the Arx and the...

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Villa Doria Pamphilj

The villa was built in the middle of the 17th century for the prince Camillo Pamphilij, his uncle Pope Innocent X sponsored the construction of the Casino del Bel Respiro and many fountains. Through the villa passes the Via Olimpica, over which...

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Palazzo Madama

The original core of the building was linked to Giovanni de' Medici, future pope Leo X, who in 1503 transformed a preexisting 15th century palazzo. More enlargements were made in 1512. In 1533 the building passed to "Madama" Margaret of Austria,...

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Panoramic Elevators and Terrace of the Victorian Complex

The lifts operate from the middle terrace, which can be accessed from:
- Piazza Venezia (Vittoriano main entrance, until 4.00 pm);
- Left side entrance (Via di San Pietro in Carcere) through the Museo del Risorgimento;
- Right side...

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Ancient Appiah

The most famous of the ancient roman streets, also called Regina Viarum, was built in 312 BC by the censor Appio Claudio Cieco, the same person that had the first aqueduct built in the city. For the first time, a street gets the name from his...

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Diocletian Baths

These are the biggest thermal baths in Rome, built between 298 and 306 AD. The thermal system is like the one of the thermal baths of Traiano up Colle Oppio with a big semicircular exedra and the rectangular calidarium with three semicircular...