Rome attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Villa Farnesina

The interior of this gorgeous 16th-century villa is fantastically frescoed from top to bottom. Several paintings in the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche and the Loggia of Galatea, both on the ground floor, are attributed …
Landmark in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

St Peter’s Basilica Dome

Entry to the dome is to the far right of the basilica's main portico, where you also buy your ticket. A small lift can take you halfway up, but it’s still a long climb to the top (320 steps to be exact). Press on an…
Monument in Ancient Rome

Vittoriano

Love it or loathe it, as many Romans do, you can't ignore the Vittoriano (aka the Altare della Patria, Altar of the Fatherland), the colossal mountain of white marble that towers over Piazza Venezia. Built at the tu…
Palace in Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

Villa Medici

Built for Cardinal Ricci da Montepulciano in 1540, this sumptuous Renaissance palace was purchased by Ferdinando de' Medici in 1576 and remained in Medici hands until 1801, when Napoleon acquired it for the French A…
Historic Building in Centro Storico

Palazzo Spada

With its stuccoed ornamental facade and handsome courtyard, this grand palazzo is a fine example of 16th-century Mannerist architecture. Upstairs, a small four-room gallery houses the Spada family art collection wit…
Historic Building in Southern Rome

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

Also known more prosaically as the Square Colosseum, this iconic building in the EUR district is a prime example of rationalist architecture with its symmetrical rows of 216 arches and gleaming white travertine marb…
Historic Building in Centro Storico

Palazzo Farnese

Home to the French embassy, this towering Renaissance palazzo, one of Rome's finest, was started in 1514 by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, continued by Michelangelo and finished by Giacomo della Porta. Inside, it …
Monument in Ancient Rome

Bocca della Verità

A bearded face carved into a giant marble disc, the Bocca della Verità is one of Rome's most popular curiosities. Legend has it that if you put your hand in the mouth and tell a lie, the Bocca will slam shut and bit…
Historic Building in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Villa del Priorato di Malta

Fronting an ornate cypress-shaded piazza, the Roman headquarters of the Sovereign Order of Malta, aka the Cavalieri di Malta (Knights of Malta), boasts one of Rome's most celebrated views. It's not immediately appar…
Monument in Ancient Rome

Colonna Traiana

Towering over the Foro di Traiano, Trajan's column (AD 113) is adorned with a microscopically-detailed spiral frieze illustrating the Romans' victorious campaign against Dacia (roughly modern-day Romania). It later …