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Chiesa Nuova (Santa Maria in Vallicella)

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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

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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

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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

Il Gesù

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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

San Clemente

Critics' choice
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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

Critics' choice
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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
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San Marco

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There's a strong Venetian flavour to this church, which, according to local lore, was founded in 336 on the site of the house where St Mark the Evangelist -...

Piazza San Marco
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Santa Maria della Concezione

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Commonly known as i Cappuccini (the Capuchins) after the long-bearded, brown-clad Franciscan sub-order to which it belongs, this Baroque church has a St...

Via Veneto 27
Free

Santa Maria della Pace

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Built in 1482 for Pope Sixtus IV, Santa Maria della Pace was given its theatrical Baroque façade by Pietro da Cortona in 1656. The church's most famous...

Vicolo del Arco della Pace 5
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Santa Maria in Aracoeli

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At the head of a daunting flight of 120 marble steps, the Romanesque Aracoeli ('altar of heaven') stands on the site of an ancient temple to Juno Moneta. It...

Piazza del Campidoglio 4
Free

Santi Cosma e Damiano

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This small church on the fringe of the Forum incorporates the library of Vespasian's temple of Peace and the temple of Romulus (visible through the glass...

Via dei Fori Imperiali 1
Free

Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

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You can peer, and wander, into the magnificent Renaissance courtyard of the state archives, but pick a Sunday morning to do real justice to this crowning...

Corso Rinascimento 40
Free