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Name Category Location
 
Ara Pacis Augustae
This vibrant monument of the imperial age has been housed in one...
Memorials / Monuments Corso and Spagna
 
Arco di Costantino
This majestic arch was erected in AD 315 to commemorate Constantine's...
Archaeological Sites Colosseum and Environs
 
Arco di Settimio Severo
One of the grandest triumphal arches erected by a Roman emperor...
Memorials / Monuments Roman Forum
 
Arco di Tito
Standing at the northern approach to the Palatine Hill on the...
Memorials / Monuments Roman Forum
 
Basilica di Massenzio
Only about one-third of the original of this gigantic basilica...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Basilica di San Pietro
The world's largest church, built over the tomb of St. Peter...
Religious Sites The Vatican
 
Basilica Emilia
Once a great colonnaded hall, this served as a meeting place...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Basilica Giulia
The Basilica Giulia owes its name to Julius Caesar, who ordered...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Belvedere Tarpeo
In ancient Roman times, traitors were hurled from here to their...
Archaeological Sites Campidoglio
 
Biopark
Especially good for a day out with the children, this zoo has...
Museums / Galleries Villa Borghese
 
The Campidoglio
Spectacularly transformed by Michelangelo's late-Renaissance...
Squares Campidoglio
 
Campo de' Fiori
A bustling marketplace in the morning (Mon.–Sat. 8 am–1 pm) and...
Squares Campo
 
Cappella Sistina
In 1508, the redoubtable Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo...
Religious Sites The Vatican
 
Capuchin Crypt
Not for the easily spooked, the crypt under the Church of Santa...
Religious Sites Quirinale
 
Carcere Mamertino
The Mamertino has two subterranean cells where Rome's enemies...
Historic Districts / Sites Campidoglio
 
Casa di Augustus
First discovered in the 1970s and only opened in 2006, this was...
Houses / Mansions Palatine Hill
 
Casa di Livia
First excavated in 1839, this house was identifiable from the...
Houses / Mansions Palatine Hill
 
Case Romane del Celio
Formerly accessible only through the church of San Giovanni e...
Archaeological Sites Celio
 
Castel Sant'Angelo
Standing between the Tiber and the Vatican, this circular and...
Castles / Palaces The Vatican
 
Catacombe di San Callisto
Burial place of many popes of the 3rd century, this is the oldest...
Cemeteries The Catacombs and Via Appia Antica
 
Catacombe di San Sebastiano
The 4th-century church was named after the saint who was buried...
Cemeteries The Catacombs and Via Appia Antica
 
Cimitero degli Inglesi
Reminiscent of a country churchyard, this famed cemetery was...
Cemeteries Testaccio
 
Circo di Massenzio
Of the Circus of Maxentius, built in AD 309, remain the towers...
Archaeological Sites The Catacombs and Via Appia Antica
 
Circo Massimo
From the belvedere of the Domus Flavia, you can see the Circus...
Archaeological Sites Palatine Hill
 
Colonna di Foca
The last monument to be added to the Forum was erected in AD...
Memorials / Monuments Roman Forum
 
Colonna di Marco Aurelio
Inspired by Trajan's Column, this 2nd-century AD column is composed...
Memorials / Monuments Corso and Spagna
 
Colonna di Traiano
The remarkable series of reliefs spiraling up this column celebrate...
Memorials / Monuments Imperial Forums
 
The Colosseum
The most spectacular extant edifice of ancient Rome, the Colosseo...
Archaeological Sites Colosseum and Environs
 
Comitium
The open space in front of the Curia was the political hub of...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Crypta Balbi
The fourth component of the magnificent collections of the Museo...
Museums / Galleries Ghetto
 
Curia
This large brick structure next to the Arch of Septimius Severus...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Domine Quo Vadis?
Domine Quo Vadis? This church was built on the spot where tradition...
Religious Sites The Catacombs and Via Appia Antica
 
Domus Augustana
In the Palazzi Imperiali complex, this palace, named for the...
Houses / Mansions Palatine Hill
 
Domus Aurea
Legend has it that Nero famously fiddled while Rome burned. Fancying...
Archaeological Sites Colosseum and Environs
 
Domus Flavia
Domitian used this palace in the Palazzi Imperiali complex for...
Castles / Palaces Palatine Hill
 
Fontana della Barcaccia
At the center of Piazza di Spagna and at the bottom of the Spanish...
Fountains Spagna
 
Fontana delle Api
Decorated with the famous heraldic bees of the Barberini family...
Fountains Quirinale
 
Fontana delle Tartarughe
Designed by Giacomo della Porta in 1581 and sculpted by Taddeo...
Fountains Ghetto
 
Fontanone dell'Acqua Felice
When Pope Sixtus V completed the restoration of the Acqua Felice...
Fountains Repubblica
 
Foro di Augusto
These ruins, along with those of the Foro di Nerva, on the northeast...
Archaeological Sites Imperial Forums
 
Foro di Cesare
To try to rival the original Roman Forum, Julius Caesar had this...
Archaeological Sites Imperial Forums
 
Foro di Traiano
Of all the Imperial Fora complexes, Trajan's was the grandest...
Archaeological Sites Imperial Forums
 
Gagosian Gallery
One of the most prestigious modern art galleries opened this...
Fountains Spagna
 
Galleria Borghese
It's a real toss-up as to which is more magnificent: the villa...
Museums / Galleries Villa Borghese
 
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna
This massive white Beaux Arts building, built for the 1911 World...
Museums / Galleries Villa Borghese
 
Gianicolo
The Gianicolo is famous for offering panoramic views of the city...
Parks Trastevere
 
Giardini Vaticani
Neatly trimmed lawns and flower beds extend over the hills behind...
Gardens / Arboretums The Vatican
 
Globe Theater
Directed by prolific Roman actor Gigi Proietti, this theater...
Arts / Performance Venues Villa Borghese
 
Il Gesù
The mother church of the Jesuits in Rome is the prototype of...
Religious Sites Campo
 
Isola Tiberina
It's easy to overlook this tiny island in the Tiber. Don't. In...
Archaeological Sites Trastevere
 
Keats-Shelley Memorial House
Sent to Rome in a last-ditch attempt to treat his consumption...
Museums / Galleries Spagna
 
MACRO
Formerly known as Rome's Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery...
Museums / Galleries Repubblica
 
Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, or Altare della Patria
The huge white mass of the "Vittoriano" is an inescapable landmark—Romans...
Memorials / Monuments Corso and Spagna
 
Musei Capitolini
Surpassed in size and richness only by the Musei Vaticani, this...
Museums / Galleries Campidoglio
 
Musei Vaticani
Other than the pope and his papal court, the occupants of the...
Museums / Galleries The Vatican
 
Museo delle Terme di Diocleziano
Though part of the ancient structure is now the church of Santa...
Museums / Galleries Repubblica
 
Museo Mario Praz
On the top floor of the Palazzo Primoli—the same building (separate...
Museums / Galleries Navona
 
Museo Napoleonico
Housed in an opulent collection of velvet-and-crystal salons...
Museums / Galleries Navona
 
Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
The world's most outstanding collection of Etruscan art and artifacts...
Museums / Galleries Villa Borghese
 
Museo Palatino
The Palatine Museum charts the history of the hill from Archaic...
Museums / Galleries Palatine Hill
 
Museo-Atelier Canova Tadolini
A gorgeous remnant of Rome's 19th-century artistic milieu, this...
Museums / Galleries Spagna
 
Oratorio dei Filippini
Housed in a baroque masterwork by Borromini, this former religious...
Religious Sites Navona
 
Orti Farnesiani
Alessandro Farnese, a nephew of Pope Paul III, commissioned the...
Gardens / Arboretums Palatine Hill
 
Palazzetto Zuccaro
The most amusing house in all of Italy, this folly was designed...
Castles / Palaces Spagna
 
Palazzo Altemps
Containing some of the finest ancient Roman statues in the world...
Museums / Galleries, Castles / Palaces Navona
 
Palazzo Barberini
One of Rome's most splendid 17th-century palaces, the recently...
Museums / Galleries, Castles / Palaces Quirinale
 
Palazzo Colonna
Rome's grandest family built itself Rome's grandest palazzo in...
Museums / Galleries Corso and Spagna
 
Palazzo Corsini
A brooding example of Baroque style, the palace houses part of...
Museums / Galleries, Gardens / Arboretums Trastevere
 
Palazzo del Quirinale
Pope Gregory XIII started building this spectacular palace, now...
Castles / Palaces Quirinale
 
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Along with the Palazzo Colonna and the Galleria Borghese, this...
Museums / Galleries Corso and Spagna
 
Palazzo Farnese
The most beautiful Renaissance palace in Rome, the Palazzo Farnese...
Castles / Palaces Campo
 
Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne
Following the shape of Emperor Domitian's Odeon arena, a curving...
Castles / Palaces Navona
 
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
Come here to get a real feel for ancient Roman art—the collection...
Museums / Galleries Repubblica
 
Palazzo Mattei di Giove
Graceful and opulent, the arcaded, multistory courtyard of this...
Castles / Palaces Ghetto
 
Palazzo Senatorio
During the Middle Ages this city hall looked like the medieval...
Government Buildings Campidoglio
 
Palazzo Spada
In this neighborhood of huge, austere palaces, Palazzo Spada...
Museums / Galleries Campo
 
Palazzo Venezia
Centerpiece of the eponymous piazza, this palace was originally...
Museums / Galleries Corso and Spagna
 
Pantheon
One of the wonders of the ancient world, this onetime pagan temple...
Religious Sites Navona
 
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta
Peek through the keyhole of the Priorato di Malta, the walled...
Squares Aventino
 
Piazza del Popolo
With its obelisk and twin churches, this immense square is a...
Squares Piazza del Popolo
 
Piazza del Quirinale
This strategic location atop the Quirinal Hill has long been...
Squares Quirinale
 
Piazza della Repubblica
Often the first view that spells "Rome" to weary travelers walking...
Squares Repubblica
 
Piazza di Pasquino
This tiny piazza takes its name from the figure in the corner...
Squares Navona
 
Piazza in Piscinula
One of Trastevere's most historic and time-burnished squares...
Squares Trastevere
 
Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
At the very heart of the Trastevere rione (district) lies this...
Squares Trastevere
 
Piazza Venezia
The geographic heart of Rome, this is the spot from which all...
Squares Corso and Spagna
 
Pincio
Redolent of the yesteryears of Henry James and Edith Wharton...
Parks Villa Borghese
 
Piramide di Caio Cestio
This monumental tomb was designed in 12 BC for the immensely...
Memorials / Monuments Testaccio
 
Ponte Sant'Angelo
Angels designed by baroque master Bernini line the most beautiful...
Bridges / Tunnels The Vatican
 
Porta del Popolo
The medieval gate in the Aurelian walls was replaced in 1561...
Piazza del Popolo
 
Porta Maggiore
The massive 1st-century AD monument is not only a porta (city...
Memorials / Monuments Esquilino and Celio
 
Porta Pinciana
Framed by two squat, circular towers, the gate was constructed...
Architectural Sites Villa Borghese
 
Portico d'Ottavia
Looming over the Ghetto district, this huge porticoed enclosure...
Religious Sites Ghetto
 
Quattro Fontane
The intersection takes its name from its four baroque fountains...
Squares Quirinale
 
Roseto Comunale
As signified by the paths shaped like a menorah, this was once...
Gardens / Arboretums Aventino
 
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Sometimes identified by the diminutive San Carlino because of...
Religious Sites Quirinale
 
San Clemente
One of the most impressive archaeological sites in Rome, San...
Religious Sites Esquilino and Celio
 
San Francesco a Ripa
Near Trastevere's southern end, this Baroque church attached...
Religious Sites Trastevere
 
San Giovanni dei Fiorentini
Imbued with the supreme grace of the Florentine Renaissance...
Religious Sites Campo
 
San Giovanni in Laterano
The official cathedral of Rome, it's actually San Giovanni in...
Religious Sites Esquilino and Celio
 
San Gregorio Magno
Set amid the greenery of the Celian Hill, this church wears its...
Religious Sites Celio
 
San Paolo fuori le Mura
For all its dreary location and dull exterior (19th-century British...
Religious Sites Testaccio
 
San Pietro in Montorio
Built partly on command of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain in...
Religious Sites Trastevere
 
San Pietro in Vincoli
Michelangelo's Moses, carved in the early 16th century for the...
Religious Sites Esquilino and Celio
 
San Saba
Formerly a monastery founded by monks of the order of San Saba...
Religious Sites Aventino
 
Sant'Agostino
Caravaggio's celebrated Madonna of the Pilgrims—which scandalized...
Religious Sites Navona
 
Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
Designed by Bernini, this is an architectural gem of the Baroque...
Religious Sites Quirinale
 
Sant'Andrea della Valle
Topped by the highest dome in Rome (designed by Maderno) after...
Religious Sites Campo
 
Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Copies have replaced Bernini's original angels on the Ponte Sant'Angelo...
Religious Sites Spagna
 
Sant'Ignazio
Rome's largest Jesuit church, this 17th-century landmark harbors...
Religious Sites Corso and Spagna
 
Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza
The main facade of this eccentric Baroque church, probably Borromini's...
Religious Sites Navona
 
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
The basilica commemorates the aristocratic St. Cecilia, patron...
Religious Sites Trastevere
 
Santa Francesca Romana
This church, a 10th-century edifice with a Renaissance facade...
Religious Sites Roman Forum
 
Santa Maria Antiqua
The earliest Christian site in the Forum was originally part...
Religious Sites Roman Forum
 
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
The curving brick facade on the northeast side of Piazza della...
Religious Sites Repubblica
 
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
A twin to Santa Maria in Montesanto, this church was built in...
Religious Sites Piazza del Popolo
 
Santa Maria del Popolo
Standing inconspicuously in a corner of the vast Piazza del Popolo...
Religious Sites Piazza del Popolo
 
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Like the church of Santa Susanna across Piazza San Bernardo...
Religious Sites Repubblica
 
Santa Maria di Aracoeli
Sitting atop its 124 steps—"the grandest loafing place of mankind,"...
Religious Sites Campidoglio
 
Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Though this is one of Rome's oldest churches, with a haunting...
Religious Sites Aventino
 
Santa Maria in Montesanto
One of the two bookend churches on the eastern side of Piazza...
Religious Sites Piazza del Popolo
 
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Originally built sometime before the 4th century, this is certainly...
Religious Sites Trastevere
 
Santa Maria in Vallicella/Chiesa Nuova
This church, also known as Chiesa Nuova (New Church), was built...
Religious Sites Navona
 
Santa Maria Maggiore
The exterior of the church, from the broad sweep of steps on...
Religious Sites Esquilino and Celio
 
Santa Prassede
This small, inconspicuous 9th-century church is known above all...
Religious Sites Esquilino and Celio
 
Santa Pudenziana
Outside of Ravenna, Rome has some of the most opulent mosaics...
Religious Sites Esquilino and Celio
 
Santa Sabina
This Early Christian basilica demonstrates the severe—but lovely—simplicity...
Religious Sites Aventino
 
Santi Cosma e Damiano
Home to one of the most striking Early Christian mosaics in the...
Religious Sites Imperial Forums
 
Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Perched up the incline of the Clivus di Scauro—a magical time-machine...
Religious Sites Celio
 
Santi Quattro Coronati
One of those evocative cul-de-sacs in Rome where history seems...
Religious Sites Celio
 
Santo Stefano Rotondo
This 5th-century church likely was inspired by the design of...
Religious Sites Celio
 
Scala Santa
According to tradition, the Scala Santa was the staircase from...
Religious Sites Esquilino and Celio
 
Scuderie del Quirinale
Directly opposite the main entrance of the Palazzo del Quirinale...
Museums / Galleries Quirinale
 
Sinagoga
This aluminum-roof synagogue has been the city's largest Jewish...
Religious Sites Ghetto
 
The Spanish Steps
That icon of postcard Rome, the Spanish Steps (often called simply...
Squares Spagna
 
Stadio Palatino
Domitian may have created this vast, open space adjoining his...
Archaeological Sites Palatine Hill
 
Teatro di Marcello
Begun by Julius Caesar and completed by the emperor Augustus...
Archaeological Sites Ghetto
 
Tempio della Fortuna Virilis
A picture-perfect, if dollhouse-size, Roman temple, this rectangular...
Religious Sites Aventino
 
Tempio di Antonino e Faustina
Erected by the Senate in honor of Faustina, deified wife of emperor...
Religious Sites Roman Forum
 
Tempio di Castore e Polluce
The sole three remaining Corinthian columns of this temple beautifully...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Tempio di Cesare
Built by Augustus, Caesar's successor, the temple stands over...
Religious Sites Roman Forum
 
Tempio di Venere e Roma
Once Rome's largest and possibly cleverest temple (it was dedicated...
Religious Sites Roman Forum
 
Tempio di Vespasiano
All that remains of Vespasian's temple are three graceful Corinthian...
Religious Sites Roman Forum
 
Tempio di Vesta
While just a fragment of the original building, the remnant of...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Tempio di Vesta
Long called the Temple of Vesta because of its similarity in...
Religious Sites Aventino
 
Terme di Caracalla
The Terme di Caracalla are some of Rome's most massive—yet least-visited—ruins...
Archaeological Sites Celio
 
Tomba di Cecilia Metella
For centuries, sightseers have flocked to this famous landmark...
Cemeteries The Catacombs and Via Appia Antica
 
Trevi Fountain
Alive with rushing waters commanded by an imperious Oceanus...
Fountains Corso and Spagna
 
Trinità dei Monti
Standing high above the Spanish Steps, this 16th-century church...
Religious Sites Spagna
 
Via Giulia
Still a Renaissance-era diorama and one of Rome's most exclusive...
Neighborhoods / Streets Campo
 
Via Sacra
The celebrated basalt-paved road that loops through the Roman...
Archaeological Sites Roman Forum
 
Villa Borghese
Rome's "Central Park," the Villa Borghese was originally laid...
Parks Villa Borghese
 
Villa dei Quintili
Even in ruins, this splendid, 52-room villa gives a real sense...
Archaeological Sites The Catacombs and Via Appia Antica
 
Villa Medici
Purchased by Napoléon to create an academy where artists could...
Arts / Performance Venues Villa Borghese
 
Villa Torlonia
Built for aristocrats-come-lately, the Torlonia family—the Italian...
Castles / Palaces, Parks Repubblica
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