Southern Rome

This isn't so much a museum as a collection of murals dotted around the Quadraro neighbourhood in the city’s southern suburbs. Works by nearly two dozen international street artists adorn the quarter's walls, ranging from a creepy 'baby Hulk' to a Modigliani-style nude and a striking display of crawling wasps on Via del Monte del Grano. Titled Nido di Vespe (Wasp's Nest), this creation by Roman artist Lucamaleonte is a reference to the name given to the district by Rome's Nazi occupiers in WWII.

A good place to start is with the concentration of murals along the walls of Via dei Lentuli. You can fully explore the murals with a Google map from the Muro website, but to get the best out of the area, take one of the regular guided tours on foot or by bicycle – see the website for details.

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1. Tombe della Via Latina

0.67 MILES

The Archaeological Park of the Tombs of the Via Latina holds a trove of ancient Roman tombs in a park setting. Following an extensive restoration, the…

2. Circo di Massenzio

1.42 MILES

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…

3. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella

1.55 MILES

Dating to the 1st century BC, this great drum of a mausoleum encloses a burial chamber, now roofless. In the 14th century it was converted into a fort by…

4. Mausoleo di Romolo

1.57 MILES

Mausoleo di Romolo, located within the grounds of Villa di Massenzio, was built by Maxentius for his 17-year-old son Romulus. The huge mausoleum was…

5. Capo di Bove

1.58 MILES

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…

6. Villa di Massenzio

1.59 MILES

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

7. Catacombe di San Sebastiano

1.68 MILES

Extending beneath the Basilica di San Sebastiano, these underground burial chambers were developed in the 1st century.

8. Basilica di San Sebastiano

1.69 MILES

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…