Must-see attractions in Rome

  • Rome, Italy - April 7, 2019: Tempio Maggiore or The Great Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Rome and one of the greatest in Europe. Located in the old Jewish Ghetto.
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    Jewish Ghetto

    Centro Storico

    Visit the atmospheric Jewish Ghetto neighborhood for art studios, kosher food and Rome's main synagogue.

  • March 8, 2018: Traditional outdoor food market of Campo de Fiori (fields of flower), with the statue of Giordano Bruno in the background.
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    Campo de' Fiori

    Centro Storico

    Il Campo is a major focus of Roman life: by day it hosts one of the city's best-known markets; by night, people come for its lively bars and restaurants.

  • The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome, Italy. December-12-2017; Shutterstock ID 776398957; your: Claire Naylor; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online editorial; full: Rome POIs

    Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    This modest church is an unlikely setting for an extraordinary work of art – Bernini’s extravagant sculpture, the Ecstacy of St Teresa.

  • Roma, Italy - October 2022: Narrow Via Margutta street near piazza del Popolo square; Shutterstock ID 2250011871; your: Claire Naylor; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online ed; full: Rome POIs updates

    Via Margutta

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    Visit the antique shops, commercial art galleries and artisanal boutiques of Via Margutta, one of Rome's prettiest pedestrian cobbled lanes.

  • Largo di Torre Argentina houses the remains of 4 Republican era temples and a modern day cat sanctuary.

    Largo di Torre Argentina

    Centro Storico

    A busy transport hub, Largo di Torre Argentina is set around the sunken Area Sacra, and the remains of four Republican-era temples, all built between the…

  • Area Sacra temple remains in Largo di Torre Argentina.

    Area Sacra

    Centro Storico

    This sunken area in the Largo di Torre Argentina, reckoned to be the site of Julius Caesar's murder, contains the remains of four Republican-era temples,…

  • 500px Photo ID: 87791381 - Vue de la basilique Saint-Pierre depuis le pont Umberto I sur le Tibre, prise en avril 2014...Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano, Roma.

    St Peter’s Basilica Dome

    Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

    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…

  • ROMA, ITALY - 01 OCTOBER 2017: the Domus Aurea, built by Emperor Nero in Rome, in the Roman Forum
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    Domus Aurea

    Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

    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…

  • Conversion of St Paul, 1601, by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), oil on canvas, 230x175 cm. Santa Maria del Popolo, Cerasi Chapel, Rome.

    Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    This is one of Rome’s richest Renaissance churches, with a particularly impressive collection of art, including two Caravaggios: the Conversion of St Paul…

  • Interior of Basilica di Santa Sabina, Aventine and Testaccio.

    Basilica di Santa Sabina

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    This solemn basilica, one of Rome's most beautiful early Christian churches, was founded by Peter of Illyria around AD 422. It was enlarged in the 9th…

  • Colonnades at Piazza San Pietro leading to St Peter's Basilica.

    St Peter's Square

    Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

    Overlooked by St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican’s central square was laid out between 1656 and 1667 to a design by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Seen from above,…

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    Villa Medici

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    Built for Cardinal Ricci da Montepulciano in 1540, this sumptuous Renaissance palace was purchased by Ferdinando de' Medici in 1576 and remained in Medici…

  • Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Altemps

    Centro Storico

    Just north of Piazza Navona, Palazzo Altemps is a beautiful late-15th-century palazzo housing the best of the Museo Nazionale Romano’s formidable…

  • Chiesa del Gesù

    Centro Storico

    An imposing example of Counter-Reformation architecture, Rome's most important Jesuit church is a fabulous treasure trove of baroque art. Headline works…

  • Galleria at Hall of Philosophers in Capitoline Museum, near Piazza del Campidoglio.

    Museo Capitoline Centrale Montemartini

    Southern Rome

    Housed in a former power station, this bold outpost of the Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) juxtaposes classical sculpture with diesel engines and…

  • Museo Nazionale Romano: Terme di Diocleziano

    Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

    Able to accommodate some 3000 people, the Terme di Diocleziano was ancient Rome's largest bath complex. Now an epigraphic museum, its exhibits provide a…

  • Cinecittà

    Southern Rome

    Cinecittà is Italy's foremost film studio, founded in 1937 by Mussolini and used for many iconic Italian and international films. It's possible to take a…

  • Walking up the cobbled street towards Arco di Tito at the eastern end of the Roman Forum.

    Arco di Tito

    Ancient Rome

    Said to be the inspiration for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this triumphal arch was built by the emperor Domitian in AD 81 to celebrate his brother Titus…

  • Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

    Centro Storico

    Built on the site of three pagan temples, including one dedicated to the goddess Minerva, the Dominican Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is Rome’s…

  • Basilica dei SS Quattro Coronati

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    This brooding fortified church harbours some lovely 13th-century frescoes and a delightful hidden cloister, accessible from the left-hand aisle. The…

  • Basilica di Sant’Agostino

    Centro Storico

    The plain white facade of this early Renaissance church, built in the 15th century and renovated in the late 1700s, gives no indication of the impressive…

  • Palazzo Venezia

    Ancient Rome

    Built between 1455 and 1464, Palazzo Venezia was the first of Rome's great Renaissance palaces. For centuries it was the embassy of the Venetian Republic …

  • Orto Botanico

    Trastevere & Gianicolo

    Formerly the private grounds of Palazzo Corsini, Rome’s 12-hectare botanical gardens are a little-known, slightly neglected gem and a great place to…

  • Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

    Southern Rome

    Known more prosaically as the Square Colosseum, this iconic building in the EUR district is a prime example of rationalist architecture, featuring…

  • Palazzo Spada

    Centro Storico

    With its stuccoed ornamental facade and handsome courtyard, this grand palazzo is a fine example of 16th-century mannerist architecture. Upstairs, a small…

  • Palazzo Farnese

    Centro Storico

    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…

  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Antiqua

    Ancient Rome

    The oldest and most important Christian site on the Roman Forum, this ancient church is a unique treasure trove of early Christian art. Its cavernous…

  • Villa del Priorato di Malta

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    Fronting an ornate cypress-shaded piazza, the Roman headquarters of the Sovereign Order of Malta, aka the Cavalieri di Malta (Knights of Malta), boasts…

  • Piazza del Campidoglio

    Ancient Rome

    This hilltop piazza, designed by Michelangelo in 1538, is one of Rome's most beautiful squares. There are several approaches but the most dramatic is the…

  • Bocca della Verità

    Ancient Rome

    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…

  • Villa di Massenzio

    Southern Rome

    The outstanding feature of Maxentius’ enormous 4th-century palace complex is the Circo di Massenzio, Rome’s best-preserved ancient racetrack. Above the…

  • Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    Underneath a grand mansion that’s been the seat of the Province of Rome since 1873 lie the archaeological remains of several lavish ancient Roman houses;…

  • Basilica di San Sebastiano

    Southern Rome

    The small 4th-century basilica atop the Catacombe di San Sebastiano dates mainly from the 17th century. It is dedicated to St Sebastian, who was martyred…

  • Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

    Centro Storico

    Piazza Navona's flamboyant centrepiece, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is an ornate, showy work. Completed in 1651, it features a…

  • Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    Set in its own secluded grounds, this haunting church boasts a porticoed facade and a round, columned interior. But what really gets the heart racing is…



    The Zaha Hadid–designed building that Rome's leading contemporary-art gallery occupies is certainly striking. Formerly a barracks, the curved concrete…

  • Chiesa di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

    Centro Storico

    Hidden in the porticoed courtyard of Palazzo della Sapienza, this extraordinary church is a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Built by Francesco…

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