Must-see attractions in Rome

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    Palazzo Cenci

    A real-life house of horrors, Palazzo Cenci was the scene of one of the 16th century’s most infamous crimes, the murder of Francesco Cenci by his long…

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    Basilica di Santa Pudenziana

    The church of Rome’s Filipino community contains a sparkling 4th-century apse mosaic, the oldest of its kind in the city. An enthroned Christ is flanked…

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    Porta Maggiore

    Porta Maggiore was built by order of the Emperor Claudius in AD 52. Then, as now, it was a major road junction under which passed the two main southbound…

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    Lapis Niger

    Hidden by scaffolding on the Roman Forum, the Lapis Niger ('Black Stone' in Latin) is a large slab of black marble that covered an underground area said…

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    Porta del Popolo

    On the northern flank of Piazza del Popolo, the Porta del Popolo was created by Bernini in 1655 to celebrate Queen Christina of Sweden's defection to…

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    Museo Archeologico

    In the Auditorium Parco della Musica, this small archaeological museum is dedicated to the ancient Roman villa that was unearthed during construction of…

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    Trofei di Mario

    These ruins are the remains of a monumentally grandiose fountain built by emperor Alexander Severus to mark the end of an aqueduct. This principle of a…

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    Ponte Rotto

    Visible to the south of the Isola Tiberina are the remains of the Pons Aemilius, ancient Rome’s first stone bridge. Dating to the 2nd century BC, it was…

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    Palazzo dei Congressi

    Rome's Congress Palace was constructed for the 1942 Universal Exposition, and hosted the fencing during the 1960 Olympics. The enormous terrace above the…

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    Chiesa Santi Pietro e Paolo

    Work started on this enormous white travertine and umber brick pile in 1939 for the Esposizione Universale di Roma (Roman Universal Exhibition), but didn…

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    Palazzo dello Sport

    This covered stadium was built for the 1960 Olympics and still hosts sporting and entertainment events today, with a capacity of around 12,000.

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    Fontana del Mascherone

    At the southern end of Via Giulia, the Fontana del Mascherone is a 17th-century fountain showing what looks like a gormless hippy surprised by water…

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    Chiesa di Sant’Eusebio

    This small church, set back off the square, is popular with pet owners who bring their animals to be blessed on St Anthony’s feast day (17 January).

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    Palazzo di Giustizia

    This vast landmark palazzo, built to a neo-baroque style between 1888 and 1911, is the seat of Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation.

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    Palazzo Odescalchi

    The western length of Piazza Santi Apostoli is dominated by the 17th-century facade of Palazzo Odescalchi, spilt into apartments today.

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    Palatino Entrance

    About 250m down from the Colosseum, this is the main entrance/exit for the Palatino (Palatine Hill).