Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Vatican Museums

Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century and enlarged by successive pontiffs, the Vatican Museums boast one of the world's greatest art collections. Exhibits, which are displayed along about 7km of halls …
Top Choice Basilica in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

St Peter's Basilica

In this city of outstanding churches, none can hold a candle to St Peter's (Basilica di San Pietro), Italy’s largest, richest and most spectacular basilica. Built atop an earlier 4th-century church, it was completed…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Ancient Rome

Roman Forum

An impressive – if rather confusing – sprawl of ruins, the Roman Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre, a grandiose district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces. The site, which was originally an Etr…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Ancient Rome

Palatino

Sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circo Massimo, the Palatino (Palatine Hill) is an atmospheric area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins and memorable views. It was here that Romulus supposedly founded t…
Top Choice Museum in Villa Borghese & Northern Rome

Museo e Galleria Borghese

If you only have the time (or inclination) for one art gallery in Rome, make it this one. Housing what's often referred to as the ‘queen of all private art collections’, it boasts paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, a…
Top Choice Ruins in Ancient Rome

Colosseum

Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most thrilling of the city's ancient sights. Inaugurated in AD 80, the 50,000-seat Colosseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was clad in travertine and covered b…
Top Choice Museum in Ancient Rome

Capitoline Museums

Dating to 1471, the Capitoline Museums are the world's oldest public museums. Their collection of classical sculpture is one of Italy's finest, including crowd-pleasers such as the iconic Lupa capitolina (Capitoline…
Top Choice Church in Centro Storico

Pantheon

A striking 2000-year-old church, originally built as a temple, the Pantheon is the best preserved of Rome’s ancient monuments and one of the most influential buildings in the Western world. Built by Hadrian over Mar…
Top Choice Basilica in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

For a thousand years this monumental cathedral was the most important church in Christendom. Commissioned by Constantine and consecrated in AD 324, it was the first Christian basilica built in the city and, until th…
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 the summit of the Esquiline Hill, on the spot where snow is said to have miraculously fallen in the summer of AD 358. Much alter…