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  • Ara Pacis Augustae

    1. Ara Pacis Augustae

    Piazza di Spagna | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    In a city better known for its terra-cotta–colored palazzi, this pristine monument sits inside one of Rome's newer architectural landmarks:...Read More

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  • 2. Casa di Augustus

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    First discovered in the 1970s and only open to the public since 2006, this was the residence of Octavian Augustus (27 BC–AD 14) after his victory...Read More

  • 3. Case Romane del Celio

    Celio | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Formerly accessible only through the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, this important ancient Roman excavation was opened in 2002 as a museum...Read More

  • 4. Crypta Balbi

    Jewish Ghetto | Museum/Gallery

    The fourth component of the magnificent collections of the Museo Nazionale Romano, this museum is unusual because it represents several periods...Read More

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  • 5. Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini

    Piazza Venezia | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    If you find your imagination stretching to picture Rome as it was two millennia ago, make sure to check out this "new" ancient site just a stone...Read More

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  • Musei Capitolini

    6. Musei Capitolini

    Piazza Venezia | Museum/Gallery

    Surpassed in size and richness only by the Musei Vaticani, this immense collection was the world's first public museum. A greatest-hits of Roman...Read More

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  • 7. Palatine Hill

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Just beyond the Arco di Tito, the Clivus Palatinus—the road connecting the Forum and the Palatine Hill—gently rises to the heights of the Colle...Read More

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  • Pantheon

    8. Pantheon

    Piazza Navona | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The best preserved ancient building in the city, this former Roman temple is a marvel of architectural harmony and proportion. It was entirely...Read More

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  • 9. Portico d'Ottavia

    Jewish Ghetto | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Looming over the Jewish Ghetto, this huge portico, with a few surviving columns, is one of the area's most picturesque set pieces, with the...Read More

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  • San Clemente

    10. San Clemente

    Celio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most impressive archaeological sites in Rome, San Clemente is a historical triple-decker. A 12th-century church was built on top...Read More

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  • The Colosseum

    11. The Colosseum

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The most spectacular extant edifice of ancient Rome, the Colosseum has a history that is half gore, half glory. Once able to house 50,000 spectators...Read More

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  • 12. The Roman Forum

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Whether it's from the main entrance on Via dei Fori Imperali or by the entrance at the Arch of Titus, descend into the extraordinary archaeological...Read More

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  • 13. Arco di Costantino

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This majestic arch was erected in AD 315 to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge. It was just before this...Read More

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  • 14. Basilica di Massenzio

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Only about one-third of the original of this gigantic basilica (in the sense of a Roman courthouse and meeting hall) remains, so you can imagine...Read More

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  • 15. Basilica Emilia

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Once a great colonnaded hall, this served as a meeting place for merchants and as a court house from the 2nd century BC; it was rebuilt by Augustus...Read More

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  • 16. Basilica Giulia

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Basilica Giulia owes its name to Julius Caesar, who ordered its construction; it was later completed by his adopted heir Augustus. One of...Read More

  • 17. Casa di Livia

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    First excavated in 1839, this house was identifiable from the name inscribed on a lead pipe, Iulia Augusta. In other words, it belonged to the...Read More

  • 18. Circo Massimo

    Aventino | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    From the belvedere of the Domus Flavia on the Palatine Hill, you can see the Circus Maximus; there's also a great free view from Piazzale Ugo...Read More

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  • 19. Colonna di Traiano

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The remarkable series of reliefs spiraling up this column celebrate the emperor's victories over the Dacians in today's Romania. It has stood...Read More

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  • 20. Comitium

    Monti | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The open space in front of the Curia was the political hub of ancient Rome. Julius Caesar had rearranged the Comitium, moving the Curia to its...Read More

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