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Carcere Mamertino

Attractions

Just off the steps leading from the Capitoline hill down to the Roman Forum, the Mamertine Prison was waiting for anyone thought to pose a threat to the...

Clivio Argentario 1
Free

Chiesa Nuova (Santa Maria in Vallicella)

Attractions

Filippo Neri (1515-95) was a wealthy Florentine who abandoned the cut and thrust of the business world to live and work among the poor in Rome. He...

Piazza della Chiesa Nuova
Free

Chiostro dei Genovesi

Attractions

To the left of the 15th-century church of San Giovanni dei Genovesi is a wooden door (ring the bell marked 'Sposito' to get in) that opens into a glorious...

Via Anicia 12
Free

Cimitero Acattolico

Attractions

This heavenly oasis of calm in the midst of a ruckus of traffic has been the resting place for foreigners who have passed on to a better world since 1784....

Via Caio Cestio 6
Free

Colonna di Marco Aurelio (Column of Marcus Aurelius)

Attractions

The 30m (100ft) column of Marcus Aurelius was built between AD 180 and 196 to commemorate the victories on the battlefield of that most intellectual of...

Piazza Colonna
Free

Fontana delle Tartarughe

Attractions

Four ephebes (adolescent boys) cavort around the base of one of Rome's loveliest fountains, gently hoisting tortoises up to the waters above them. According...

Piazza Mattei
Free

Il Gesù

Attractions

The huge Gesù is the flagship church of the Jesuits, the order founded by Basque soldier Ignatius Loyola in the 1530s. Realising the power of a direct...

Piazza del Gesù
Free

Il Vittoriano

Attractions, Museums

It's worth climbing to the top of this monument, not only to appreciate the enormity of the thing, but also to see the charmingly kitsch art nouveau...

Piazza Venezia/via di San Pietro in Carcere/piazza Aracoeli
Free

Palazzo di Montecitorio

Attractions

Since 1871 this has been the Lower House of Italy's parliament, which is why police and barricades sometimes prevent you from getting near its elegantly...

Piazza di Montecitorio
Free

Palazzo Farnese

Attractions

This palazzo has housed the French embassy since the 1870s. Considered by many to be the finest Renaissance palace in Rome, the huge building - recently and...

Piazza Farnese
Free

Pantheon

Attractions

The Pantheon is the best-preserved ancient building in Rome. It was built (and possibly designed) by Hadrian in AD 119-128 as a temple to the 12 most...

Piazza della Rotonda
Free

Ponte Rotto & Cloaca Maxima

Attractions

The Ponte Rotto - literally, 'Broken Bridge' - stands on the site of the Pons aemilius, Rome's first stone bridge, built in 142 BC. It was rebuilt many...

Views from Ponte Palatino, Isola Tiberina & lungotevere Pierleoni
Free

Portico d'Ottavia

Attractions

Great ancient columns and a marble frontispiece, held together with rusting iron braces, now form part of the church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria. They were...

Via Portico d'Ottavia
Free

San Clemente

Critics' choice
Attractions

A favourite with kids for its dungeon-like underground level, this 12th-century basilica is a three-dimensional Roman time-line, a church above a church...

Via San Giovanni in Laterano
Free
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