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Orto Botanico

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Attractions

Rome's Botanical Gardens were established in 1833, within the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini,which had been the home of Queen Christina of Sweden. But this...

Largo Cristina di Svezia 24

Palazzo Altemps

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The 15th- to 16th-century Palazzo Altemps has been beautifully restored to house part of the state-owned Museo Nazionale Romano stock of Roman treasures...

Piazza Sant'Apollinare 46

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

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Art, Attractions, Museums

The Italian state's spectacular collection of ancient art underwent a radical reorganisation in the run-up to 2000. It is now divided between the Terme di...

Largo di Villa Peretti 1

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

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Carlo Borromini's first solo composition (1631-41), and the one of which he was most proud, San Carlo (often called Carlino, due to its diminuitive scale)...

Via del Quirinale 23

San Clemente

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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

San Luigi dei Francesi

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Completed in 1589, San Luigi (St Louis) is the church of Rome's French community. Most visitors ignore the gaudily lavish interior, and make a beeline for...

Piazza San Luigi dei Francesi
Free

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

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The current 16th-century church of this magnificent religious complex was built above a fifth-century basilica, which in turn incorporated a titulus, or...

Piazza Santa Cecilia

Santa Maria del Popolo

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According to legend, Santa Maria del Popolo occupies the site of a garden in which hated Emperor Nero was buried. The site was still believed to be haunted...

Piazza del Popolo 12

Santa Prassede

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This church was built in the ninth century on the spot where St Praxedes is said to have harboured Christians. The saint, the story says, sponged up the...

Via Santa Prassede 9A

Santa Sabina

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Attractions

Try to visit Santa Sabina on a sunny day, when the light shines softly into this magnificent, solemn basilica. It was built in the fifth century over an...

Piazza Pietro d'Illiria 1

Santi Quattro Coronati

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The secret places in the basilica of the Four Crowned Saints make it a good candidate for dragging listless kids to. The church dates from the fourth...

Via dei Santi Quattro 20