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Foro di Nerva (Nerva's Forum)


The next forum to the south, which is bisected by via dei Fori Imperiali, is the Forum of Nerva (or Forum transitorium because of its connective function...

Via IV Novembre 94

Foro di Vespasiano (Vespasian's Forum)


The Templum pacis, third of the Fori imperiali to be built but the last to be unearthed (recognisable by the potted plants on the west side of via dei Fori...

Via IV Novembre 94

Foro Italico & Stadio Olimpico


A marble obelisk, 36m (120ft) high, with the words 'Mussolini Dux' carved on it, greets visitors to the Foro Italico, a sports complex conceived in the late...

Foro romano (Roman Forum)


After its period of glory, the Forum was relentlessly attacked for centuries by barbarians, after which it was gradually dismantled by anyone - from popes...

Entrances from largo Romolo e Remo
Major venue

Galleria Spada

Art, Attractions, Museums

Time was when this ornate gem of a palace contained one of Rome's most charming little museums; but staffing cuts and general neglect by authorities (the...

Piazza Capo di Ferro 3

Il Colosseo (Colosseum)


Vespasian began building the Colosseum - which has hosted gory battles between combinations of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals of all...

Piazza del Colosseo
Major venue

Il Gesù


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

Il Mattatoio


The bizarre statue of a winged hero slaughtering an ox atop the Mattatoio (slaughterhouse) leaves little doubt about its mission. Hailed as Europe's most...

Piazza Guistiniani/via di Monte Testaccio

Il Palatino (The Palatine)

Attractions, Museums

While you may not believe the story that Romulus killed his twin brother Remus for crossing the property line he had staked out on the Palatine,...

Via di San Gregorio 30/piazza di Santa Maria Nova 53
Major venue

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

Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella


This colossal cylinder of travertine is the final resting place of, and unusual tribute to, a woman who linked two major families in late first century BC...

Via Appia Antica 161

Monte Testaccio


This 36-metre-high (120-foot-high) 'mountain' covered by scruffy plants is a quirky sidebar to the commercial might of the Roman Empire in the second and...

Via Zabaglia 24

Museo dell'Ara Pacis


Whatever you make of its new container, it's a relief that Augustus' great monument has finally been liberated after years hidden beneath scaffolding: its...

Via Ripetta/lungotevere in Augusta
Tags: Monument

Museo Storico Nazionale dell'Arte Sanitaria


A hostel and church was established around 726 by King Ine of Wessex to cater for weary and sick pilgrims who descended from the north. Known as the burgus...

Lungotevere in Sassia 3

Orto Botanico

Critics' choice

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
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