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Top Choice Basilica in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

One of Rome's four patriarchal basilicas, this monumental 5th-century church stands on Esquiline Hill's summit, on the spot where snow is said to have miraculously fallen in the summer of AD 358. To commemorate the …
Top Choice Museum in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

One of Rome's great unheralded museums, this is a fabulous treasure trove of classical art. The ground and 1st floors are devoted to sculpture with some breathtaking pieces – check out the Pugile (Boxer), a 2nd-cent…
Museum in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Museo Nazionale Romano: Terme di Diocleziano

The Terme di Diocleziano was ancient Rome's largest bath complex, covering about 13 hectares and able to accommodate some 3000 people. Today its ruins house a branch of the impressive Museo Nazionale Romano. Exhibit…
Archaeological Site in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Domus Aurea

Nero had his Domus Aurea constructed after the fire of AD 64 (which he is rumoured to have started to clear the area). Named after the gold that lined its facade and interiors, it was a huge complex covering up to a…
Basilica in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli

Pilgrims and art lovers flock to this 5th-century basilica for two reasons: to marvel at Michelangelo's colossal Moses (1505) sculpture and to see the chains that supposedly bound St Peter when he was imprisoned in …
Basilica in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Basilica di San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura

This is one of Rome’s four patriarchal basilicas. It's an atmospheric, tranquil edifice that’s starker than many of the city’s grand churches, a fact that only adds to its breathtaking beauty. It was the only one of…
Church in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Basilica di Santa Prassede

Famous for its brilliant Byzantine mosaics, this tiny gem of a 9th-century church is dedicated to St Praxedes, an early Christian heroine who hid Christians fleeing persecution and buried those she couldn’t save in …
Piazza in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Piazza della Repubblica

Flanked by grand 19th-century neoclassical colonnades, this landmark piazza was laid out as part of Rome’s post-unification makeover. It follows the lines of the semicircular exedra (benched portico) of Diocletian’s…
Church in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Chiesa di San Martino ai Monti

This was already a place of worship in the 3rd century, when Christians would meet in what was then the home of a Roman named Equitius. In the 4th century, after Christianity was legalised, a church was constructed,…
Cultural Centre in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Palazzo delle Esposizioni

This huge neoclassical palace was built in 1882 as an exhibition centre, though it has since served as headquarters for the Italian Communist Party, a mess hall for Allied servicemen, a polling station and even a pu…