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Abbazia delle Tre Fontane


To the east of the Tre Fontane sports facilities lies a haven of ancient, eucalyptus-scented green, with three churches commemorating the points where St...

Via Acque Salvie 1

Catacombe di Domitilla


These catacombs are found on land once belonging to Flavia Domitilla, wife of a first-century consul, banished to the island of Ponza for her faith. The...

Via delle Sette Chiese 282

Catacombe di Priscilla


This two-storey second-century AD burial place contains bas-reliefs and frescoes, including what is believed to be the first-ever depiction of Mary.

Via Salaria 430

Catacombe di San Callisto


These are Rome's largest catacombs. Buried in the 29km (18 miles) of tunnels were nine popes (venerated in a chapel known as il piccolo Vaticano), dozens of...

Via Appia Antica 78, 110 & 126

Catacombe di San Sebastiano


The name 'catacomb' originated in this spot, where a complex of underground burial sites situated near a tufa quarry was described as being kata kymbas -...

Via Appia Antica 136

Chiesa Nuova (Santa Maria in Vallicella)


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

Chiostro dei Genovesi


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

Cimitero Acattolico


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

Dio Padre Misericordioso


Along via Casilina, just inside the GRA ring road, is the anonymously ugly suburb of Tor Tre Teste, above which emerges the startling Dio Padre...

Via F Tovaglieri

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

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

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

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

San Francesco a Ripa


Rebuilt in the 1680s, this church took the place of a 13th-century one that held now-lost frescoes by Pietro Cavallino chronicling the life of St Francis of...

Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi 88

San Giorgio in Velabro


The soft light from the windows in the clerestory give a wonderfully peaceful aura to this austere little church of the fifth century. A swingeing...

Via del Velabro 19
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