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Top Choice Church in Centro Storico

Pantheon

A striking 2000-year-old temple, now a church, the Pantheon is the best preserved of Rome’s ancient monuments and one of the most influential buildings in the Western world. Built by Hadrian over Marcus Agrippa’s ea…
Top Choice Piazza in Centro Storico

Piazza Navona

With its showy fountains, baroque palazzi and colourful cast of street artists, hawkers and tourists, Piazza Navona is central Rome’s elegant showcase square. Built over the 1st-century Stadio di Domiziano, it was p…
Top Choice Ristorante in Centro Storico

Pianostrada

Hatched in Trastevere but now across the river in a white space with vintage furnishings and a glorious summer courtyard, this bistro is a must. Reserve ahead, or settle for a stool at the bar and enjoy views of the…
Top Choice Gallery in Centro Storico

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Hidden behind the grimy grey exterior of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, this wonderful gallery boasts one of Rome’s richest private art collections, with works by Raphael, Tintoretto, Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini and Velázq…
Top Choice Church in Centro Storico

Chiesa del Gesù

An imposing example of Counter-Reformation architecture, Rome's most important Jesuit church is a fabulous treasure trove of baroque art. Headline works include a swirling vault fresco by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (a…
Top Choice Museum in Centro Storico

Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Altemps

Just north of Piazza Navona, Palazzo Altemps is a beautiful late-15th-century palazzo, housing the best of the Museo Nazionale Romano’s formidable collection of classical sculpture. Many pieces come from the celebra…
Top Choice Church in Centro Storico

Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi

Church to Rome’s French community since 1589, this opulent baroque chiesa is home to a celebrated trio of Caravaggio paintings: the Vocazione di San Matteo (The Calling of Saint Matthew), the Martirio di San Matteo …
Top Choice Italian in Centro Storico

La Ciambella

Central but largely undiscovered by the tourist hordes, this friendly wine-bar-cum-restaurant beats much of the neighbourhood competition. Its spacious, light-filled interior is set over the ruins of the Terme di Ag…
Top Choice Chocolate in Centro Storico

Confetteria Moriondo & Gariglio

Roman poet Trilussa was so smitten with this chocolate shop – established by the Torinese confectioners to the royal house of Savoy – that he was moved to mention it in verse. And we agree: it's a gem. Decorated lik…
Top Choice Pizza in Centro Storico

Emma Pizzeria

Tucked in behind the Chiesa di San Carlo ai Catinari, this smart, modern pizzeria is a top spot for a cracking pizza and smooth craft beer (or a wine from its pretty extensive list). It's a stylish set-up with outdo…