Must-see attractions in Rome

  • Basilica dei SS Cosma e Damiano

    Ancient Rome

    Backing onto the Roman Forum, this 6th-century basilica incorporates parts of the Foro di Vespasiano and Tempio di Romolo, visible at the end of the nave…

  • Piazza del Quirinale

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    A wonderful spot to enjoy a glowing Roman sunset, this piazza, which is dominated by the imposing presidential palace of Palazzo del Quirinale, marks the…

  • Capo di Bove

    Southern Rome

    Discovered when excavating the grounds of a private villa to build a swimming pool, the remains of this Roman villa give a sense of how a gracious ancient…

  • Colonna Traiana

    Ancient Rome

    Towering over the Foro di Traiano, Trajan's column (AD 113) is adorned with a microscopically-detailed spiral frieze illustrating the Romans' victorious…

  • Catacombe di Santa Domitilla

    Southern Rome

    Among Rome’s largest and oldest, these wonderful catacombs stretch for about 17km. They were established on the private burial ground of Flavia Domitilla,…

  • Casa di Livia

    Ancient Rome

    Home to the emperor Augustus' wife Livia, the Casa was built around an atrium leading onto what were once reception rooms, decorated with frescoes of…

  • Via dei Condotti

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    High-rolling shoppers and window-dreamers take note: this is Rome’s smartest shopping strip. At the eastern end, near Piazza di Spagna, Caffè Greco was a…

  • Casa di Augusto

    Ancient Rome

    The Casa di Augusto, Augustus’ private residence, boasts superb ceiling and wall frescoes. These are further enhanced by audio narrations and video…

  • Viewpoint

    Trastevere & Gianicolo

    Many of the vaunted viewpoints along Gianicolo (aka Janiculum) are obscured by trees, but this lesser known overlook at the north end has sweeping views…

  • Stadio

    Ancient Rome

    One of the few obviously recognisable buildings on the Palatino, the sunken stadio (stadium) was probably used by the emperors for private games and…

  • Giardino degli Aranci

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    Officially called the Parco Savello but known to every Roman as the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden), this walled park is a romantic haven. Head down…

  • Circo di Massenzio

    Southern Rome

    Part of the Villa di Massenzio complex, this is Rome’s best-preserved ancient racetrack – you can still make out the starting stalls used for chariot…

  • Orti Farnesiani

    Ancient Rome

    On the Palatino, the 16th-century Orti Farnesiani is one of Europe's earliest botanical gardens. A viewing balcony at the garden's northern flank commands…

  • Roma dal Cielo

    Ancient Rome

    This panoramic lift will whisk you to the top of the Vittoriano for sweeping 360-degree views of the city from the Terrazza delle Quadrighe.

  • Basilica di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura courtyard garden.

    Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura

    Southern Rome

    The largest church in Rome after St Peter’s (and the world’s third-largest), this vast basilica stands on the site where St Paul was buried after being…

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    Basilica di San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura

    Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

    One of Rome’s four patriarchal basilicas, San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura (St Lawrence Outside the Walls) has an unusually restrained interior. It was the only…

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    Chiesa di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

    Ancient Rome

    Atop the steep 124-step Aracoeli staircase, this 6th-century Romanesque church sits on the highest point of the Campidoglio. Its richly decorated interior…

  • Via Giulia in Centro Storico underneath the Arco Farnese, looking along the ivy clad walls of the Palazzo Farnese on the left.

    Via Giulia

    Centro Storico

    Designed by Bramante in 1508 as part of an urban development program ordered by Pope Julius II, Via Giulia is one of Rome's most charming streets, an…

  • EUR District

    Southern Rome

    This Orwellian quarter of wide boulevards and linear buildings was built for an international exhibition in 1942, and although war intervened and the…

  • Auditorium Parco della Musica, Villa Borghese area.  Architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop

    Auditorium Parco della Musica


    Designed by starchitect Renzo Piano and inaugurated in 2002, Rome's flagship cultural centre is an audacious work of architecture consisting of three…

  • Villa Doria Pamphilj

    Trastevere & Gianicolo

    Lorded over by the 17th-century Villa Doria Pamphilj is Rome’s largest landscaped park – many a Roman's favourite place to escape the city noise and…

  • Imperial Forums

    Ancient Rome

    The forums of Trajan, Augustus, Nerva and Caesar are known collectively as the Imperial Forums. They were largely buried when Mussolini bulldozed Via dei…

  • Basilica di Santa Maria and Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere during sunset.
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    Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

    Trastevere & Gianicolo

    Trastevere’s focal square is a prime people-watching spot. By day it’s full of chatting locals and guidebook-toting tourists; by night it’s the domain...

  • Statue in garden of Villa Celimontana (previously known as Villa Mattei) on the Caelian Hill in Rome, best known for its gardens.

    Villa Celimontana

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    With its grassy banks and colourful flower beds, this leafy park is a wonderful place to escape the crowds and enjoy a summer picnic. At its centre is a…

  • Palazzo Colonna

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    The guided tours of this opulent palace are among the city's best, introducing visitors to the residence and art collection of the patrician Colonna…

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    Cimitero di Campo Verano

    Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

    The city’s largest cemetery dates from the Napoleonic occupation of Rome (1804–14), when an edict ordered that the city’s dead must be buried outside...

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    Colonna di Marco Aurelio

    Centro Storico

    Towering over Piazza Colonna, the 30m-high Colonna di Marco Aurelio was completed in AD 193 to honour Marcus Aurelius’ military victories. Its vivid…

  • Lorcan O'Neill Gallery, gallery courtyard

    Lorcan O'Neill Gallery

    Centro Storico

    The brainchild of Irish gallerist Lorcan O'Neill, this contemporary art gallery calls the former 17th-century stables of Palazzo Santacroce home. It…

  • Porta San Paolo

    Porta San Paolo

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    Built after the barbarians’ invasion of Rome, the remarkably well-preserved Porta San Paolo once served as a southern gate in the 3rd-century Aurelian…

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    Arco degli Acetari

    Centro Storico

    For one of Rome’s most picture-perfect scenes, head to this dark archway just off Campo de’ Fiori. The arch in itself isn’t especially memorable...

  • Pont Sant'Angelo.

    Ponte Sant’Angelo

    Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

    The emperor Hadrian built the Ponte Sant’Angelo in 136 to provide an approach to his mausoleum, but it was Bernini who brought it to life, designing the…

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    Basilica di San Marco

    Ancient Rome

    Now incorporated into Palazzo Venezia, the early-4th-century Basilica di San Marco stands over the house where St Mark the Evangelist is said to have…

  • A tranquil stretch of Rome's Roseto Comunale.

    Roseto Comunale

    San Giovanni & Testaccio

    Stretched out on the slopes of the Aventine Hill, this idyllic garden boasts more than 1100 of the rarest roses, coaxed into life each spring by a team of…

  • The entrance of Pop Surrealism gallery Dorothy Circus.

    Dorothy Circus Gallery

    Centro Storico

    A stark contrast to the ancient and stoic city around it, Dorothy Circus Gallery is devoted entirely to pop surrealism, a punchy art movement that draws…

  • Arco di Costantino.

    Arco di Costantino

    Ancient Rome

    On the western side of the Colosseum, this monumental triple arch was built in AD 315 to celebrate the emperor Constantine's victory over his rival…

  • Villa Sciarra, park inside

    Villa Sciarra

    Trastevere & Gianicolo

    In ancient times, this little park on the slopes of the Gianicolo (Gianicolo Hill) was believed to be a sanctuary dedicated to nymphs. It's equally…

  • Crowds of tourists on a cobbled path behind Arco di Settimio Severo, Roman Forum.

    Arco di Settimio Severo

    Ancient Rome

    Dedicated to the eponymous emperor and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta, the 23m-high Arco di Settimio Severo was built in the Roman Forum in AD 203 to…

  • Keats-Shelley House

    Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

    This house next to the Spanish Steps is where English poet John Keats died of tuberculosis aged only 25. Its bookshelf-lined rooms, practically unchanged…

  • Basilica di Santa Prassede

    Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

    Famous for its brilliant Byzantine mosaics, which have been preserved in their original state, this small 9th-century church is dedicated to St Praxedes,…

  • Statue of Marcus Aurelius

    Ancient Rome

    In the centre of Piazza del Campidoglio, this equestrian bronze statue is a copy of a 2nd-century sculpture in the Capitoline Museums.

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