What to see in Rome

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Church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

The church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza was built by Borromini from 1642 through 1660. The church rises in the little courtyard of the Palazzo della Sapienza (where it gets its name from), home of the antique university of Rome, from Century XV...

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Palazzo Chigi

The building was began by Pietro Aldobrandini who gave the direction of works to Matteo Bartonili da Città di Castello (1580-1586). According to the sources Giacomo della Porta and Carlo Maderno worked in the site. In 1659 the building, not yet...

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Palace of the Chancellery

The Palazzo della Cancelleria, prototype of the Renaissance architecture, was built 1485 for cardinal Raffaele Riario, then pope Sixtus IV, appointed by his uncle the titular of the basilica St. Lorenzo in Damaso. According to Vasari the works...

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Santa Maria in Vallicella - New Church

The figure of San Filippo Neri,”Apostolo di Roma”, canonized in 1622, is historically tied to the church of S. Maria in Vallicella. In 1548 Filippo Neri, defined “Pippo buono” by the people, founded the Confraternita dei Pellegrini e dei...

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Synagogue - Jewish Community

Built in 1901-1904, the Great Synagogue (Tempio Maggiore) of Rome presents a modern facade with three entrances to the porch, bearing Jewish symbols such as the seven-branched candelabrum, the Decalogue, the Star of David and the palm branch. The...

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Via dei Fori Imperiali

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Colosseum Square

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Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and Martyrs

Built by Michelangelo in the aula of the "Tepidarium" at the Terme di Diocleziano in1563, its original aspect was altered by Luigi Vanvitelli during C.XVII. 

The unadorned façade is made of the exedra from one of the rooms from the Terme,...

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Piazza della Rotonda (Pantheon)

The square faces the Pantheon and the monument characterises it in such a way that many Romans don’t even know its name: they simply call it “the square of the Pantheon”. 

In the middle of it is the obelisk found in the temple of Isis...

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Fountain of Rome's Goddess of Piazza del Campidoglio

The fountain of Dea Roma (Goddess Roma) decorates the facade of Palazzo Senatorio, the historical palace built on the ruins of the tabularium (first century BC) and convergence point of the marvellous square designed by Michelangelo, limited on...

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Augusto's Forum

Chronologically the second forum built in the city and inaugurated in the year 2 AD, the Forum of Augustus was surrounded by a grandiose wall 33 meters high made of peperino blocks and gabina stone, which separated it from the populous Suburra...

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Caesar forum

The Forum of Caesar, also known as Forum Iulium or Forum Julium, Forum Caesaris, is a forum (or plaza) built by Julius Caesar near the Forum Romanum in 46 BC.

Caesar decided to construct a forum bearing his name in the northeast section of...

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Palazzo Spada

The Spada Gallery is housed in the Palace of the same name, once the property of Cardinal Girolamo Capodiferro (1502-1559), who, around 1548, began to have it built on the site of preexisting buildings belonging to his family, by Bartolomeo...

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Temple of Portuno (Temple of Fortuna Virile)

It represents one of the best kept building of Ancient Rome. The temple, erroneously called of the Fortuna Virile, is right next to the modern Palazzo dell’Anagrafe del Comune di Roma (Building of the Registry office of the Municipality of Rome),...

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Domine Quo Vadis (St. Mary in Palmis)

The church is situated on the site where, according to tradition, Jesus appeared to Peter, while the latter was leaving Rome in order to escape martyrdom. Upon Peter’s question: “My Lord, where are you going?” (Domine, quo vadis?”), Jesus...

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Quirinale Stables

The Scuderie del Quirinale (Quirinal Stables, also called Papal Stables) was built over ten years, from 1722 to 1732. The Scuderie, together with the Palazzo del Quirinale (Quirinal Palace – official residence of the President of the Italian...

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Roman National Museum - Ottagona Class

The National Roman Museum – Octagonal Hall (ex Planetarium) was created in the halls of the ancient Thermae of Diocletian and exhibits an important number of sculptures, all coming from thermal complexes. 

It also contains works that came...

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Republic square

Piazza della Repubblica is a semi-circular piazza in Rome, at the summit of the Viminal Hill, next to the Termini station. On it is to be found Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. It is served by the Repubblica – Teatro dell'Opera Metro...

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Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

The church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale was built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Cardinal Camillo Pamphili, nephew to Pope Innocenzo X, during the second half of 1600. A very elegant curvilinear protirus with two columns, burdened by a coat of arms,...

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House of Augustus on the Palatine

Augustus’ house on the Palatine is one of the most refined and elegant examples of pictorial decoration in a private setting.
The rooms which today can be visited are made up of a ramp covered by a barrel vault, entirely covered, both on the...

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Celio Roman Houses under SS. John and Paul

The Basilica of SS. Giovanni e Paolo stands over a complex comprising several Roman houses of different periods. According to tradition, this was the dwelling of John and Paul, both of whom, having suffered martyrdom by execution were buried on...

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Museo Carlo Bilotti - Orange Villa Borghese

In the eighteenth century the Orangery was known as the Casino dei Giuochi d'Acqua for the presence of fountains and nymphaea; it was also surrounded by the Lake Garden with its magnificent architectural features. In its richly decorated and...

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San Clemente al Laterano

San Clemente in Laterano is one of the most interesting and antique basilicas in Rome. It was built before 385 and dedicated to St Clemens, the third Pope after St Peter. It consists of two overimposed churches, built over Roman buildings of the...

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Sanctuary of the Scala Santa and Sancta Sanctorum Chapel (San Lorenzo in Palatio)

HISTORY OF THE SANCTUARY
There is no pilgrim who has come to Rome without desiring to visit the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs. It is one of the most important and renowned sanctuaries in the Roman Catholic Church. Situated near the...

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Turtle Fountain

The fontana delle Tartarughe (Tortoises) is one of Giacomo della Porta’s most elegant works, built in the years 1581-1584 and decorated with bronze ephebi and dauphins by the Florentine Taddeo Landini. 

At the centre of the mistilinear...

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Portico d'Ottavia

This portico was probably built by emperor Augustus between 33 and 23 BCin memory of his sister Octavia. The complex rose on a more ancient building: the Portico of Metellus that was built between 146 and 131 BC. 

The Portico of Octavia...

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Archaeological Area and Underground of Santa Maria Maggiore

The archaeological area is located under the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, displaying interesting findings (I - IVcentury AD), a rare fresco calendar with scenes of farm work (late second century AD) as well as some evidence of the...

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Acatological Cemetery

The Protestant Cemetery, also known as the Cemetery of the English, was instituted for the burial of foreign non-Catholic residents of Rome who could not be buried in Catholic cemeteries. 

According to the date of the oldest tomb there,...

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Mausoleum of Santa Costanza near Complex of Sant'Agnese

Along the Via Nomentana, after the crossing with Viale XXI Aprile, is the complex comprising the Church of St. Agnese, the catacombs, a large basilica and the mausoleum of St. Costanza. 

The catacombs developed between the third and fourth...

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Museum of Roman Civilization

The Museum of Roman Culture opened in 1955. Its 59 sections illustrate all aspects of ancient Roman civilization through an outstanding collection of plaster casts taken from originals in museums across the world, many of which have since been...

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Sant'Agnese outside the Walls

The church of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura was built in 324, by the order of Costanza, daughter to Emperor Costantino, on top of the ruins of a cemetery and the catacombs that hosted the relics of the Saint. It was rebuilt made by order of Pope...

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Santa Prassede at the Esquiline

Built by Paschal I in 822, it was often restored with modifications on its original aspect. The façade, which opens up to the open-air atrium, has columns of the antique narthex and three arched windows on top. The basilical inside was originally...

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Santa Sabina at the Aventine

Founded by Pietro, priest from Illiria, between 422 and 432, on an antique "Titulus Sabinae" probably raised in the house of a Sabina matron that then ended up identifying itself with the saint with the same name from Umbria. In 824 the "Schola...

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Villa Ada Savoia

Villa Ada with a surface of 450 acres (1.8 km2) is the second largest in the city after Villa Doria Pamphili. It is located in the northeastern part of the city. Its highest prominence is Monte Antenne with an altitude of 67 m (220 ft), an...

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Column by Marco Aurelio (Antonina)

The Column that stands in the center of the square having the same name was erected between the year of the death of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius in 180 AD, and 193 AD. 

It is about 98 feet in height and supported by a base of about 39...

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Piazza Mouth of Truth

One of the most characteristic places in Rome corresponding to the Foro Boario, one of the most beautiful buildings of Republican Rome. 

Here is the temple of Fortuna Virile, an example of Greek-Italian architecture, built around 100 BC;...

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Quirinal Square

Here is Palazzo del Quirinale, seat of the Italian Head of State. The square extends upon the Quirinal Hill, the tallest of the seven hills of Rome, so called because once this was the site of the temple of Quirinus or the city of the Curi,...

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Sant'Omobono

Built over pre-existent San Salvatore in Portico, there is information about this church since the end of C. XV. It underwent many restorations and changes also due to 1933 town planning. The late sixteenth-century facade is completed by a...

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Basilica of St. Lawrence outside the Walls

The basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le Mura (Saint Lawrence outside the Walls) as it is today is the combination of two distinct churches, one built in the sixth century AD and the other at the beginning of the thirteenth century AD around the tomb...

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Basilica of San Sebastiano outside the Walls

The basilica of San Sebastiano fuori le mura (Saint Sebastian outside the Walls) is dedicated today to this popular – and frequently represented – saint from Narbonne, but was originally known as the basilica apostolorum. It rises at the third...