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Foro di Nerva (Nerva's Forum)

Attractions

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)

Attractions

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

Attractions

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)

Attractions

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

Il Colosseo (Colosseum)

Attractions

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 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

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
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San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

Critics' choice
Attractions

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

Terme di Caracalla (Baths of Caracalla)

Attractions

The high-vaulted ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, surrounded by trees and grass, are pleasantly peaceful today, but were anything but tranquil in their...

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52

Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa)

Attractions

Strewn across a gentle slope, the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) was built from 118 to 134 and has some fascinating architectural spaces and water...

Via di Villa Adriana

Villa dei Quintili

Attractions

The wealthy, cultured and militarily gifted Quintili brothers - consuls under Emperor Marcus Aurelius - built this splendid villa with a large bath complex...

Via Appia Nuova 1092

Villa Torlonia

Attractions

The Villa Torlonia, with its verdant palm-filled park, was the elegant home of the aristocratic Torlonia family from 1797, glorified as Mussolini's suburban...

Villa Torlonia