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Rome tourism - Sightseeings

Other sites of interest in Rome

All you need to know about the Eternal City

I like things that are kind of eclectic, when one thing doesn’t go with another. That’s why I love Rome. The town itself is that way. It’s where Fascist architecture meets classic Renaissance, where the ancient bangs up against the contemporary. It has a touch of everything. Giambattista Valli

Piazza del Campidoglio

The square is the symbolic heart of the city. The rebuilding of the site was designed by Michelangelo on commission of Pope Paul III, pressed to receive the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1536. The entire work, really remarkable, was completed only a century later. Marcus Aurelius statue has been recently removed from the square for preservation and renovation works, but everything else remains as designed by the Master.

Transports: Buses 44, 46, 56, 60, 64, 65, 70, 75

Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is one of the seven Roman hills and one of the most ancient parts of the town. Indeed, according to Roman mythology, it was there that Romolus and Remus where found by the she-wolf that kept them alive. Many important people, such as Cicero, Marcus Antonius and the emperor Augustus, lived on this hill.
In the following years emperor Domitiano ordered a vast imperial residence to be constructed over the whole site, thus coining the term palatium (palace) to indicate any abode where a sovereign lived and ruled.

Villa Borghese Botanical Gardens

Villa Borghese Botanical Gardens are marvellous gardens on the slopes of the Janiculum, worldwide known for its palms, yuccas and collections of orchids. Planted at the beginning of the 17th century on commission of Cardinal Caffarelli Borghese, it was radically transformed in the 18th century to make it look like an English parkland. In 1902, it was acquired by the King of Italy, who gave it to the city.
Refreshment stands, kiddie rides, horseback riding, children's cinema, exercise course, boat rentals and a Zoological Garden are the main attractions of the place.

Opening hours: Open daily 9am - till later in the afternoon
Transports: Buses: 95, 490, 495, 52, 910, 926, 19, 19b, 30b

Farnesiani Gardens (Orti Farnesiani)

Set with exotic plants and mazes, the Farnesiani Gardens were among the first botanical gardens in Europe. Originally the site of emperor Tiberius's palace, the Renaissance gardens preserve much of their original design. With its pavilions, terraces, and panoramic views of the Forum over Ancient Rome, the Gardens remain a nice place to walk or rest. Due to reconstruction works and ongoing archeological excavations some of the sections could be closed for a while.

Opening hours: Mondays - Saturdays 9am - 5pm and Sundays 9am - 12pm
Transports: Buses: 11, 27, 81, 85, 87

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

The Trevi Fountain is the work of Niccolo Salvi. It was started in 1732 and later on completed by Gianpaolo Pannini, more than a century after the project was abandoned by Bernini. The most famous of the Roman fountains, it shows the sea god Neptune and his tritons in stormy and calm seas. A coin thrown over one's shoulder into the waters is believed to guarantee a return visit to Rome; a second coin is tossed to make a wish come true. The proceeds are collected daily and donated to charity.

Transports: Buses: 52, 53, 58, 60, 61, 62, 71

Jewish Ghetto

In 1555 Pope Paul IV confined over 50,000 people of Jewish faith to a small area of the town, which became known as the Ghetto. High walls were built around it and a curfew was imposed. For over three centuries, more than 4,000 people lived and worked on that tiny scrap of land. Only in the 1870s Jewish citizens were granted equal rights. It wasthen that most of the buildings of the Ghetto were demolished, such as the old synagogue. Placed between Via Arenula and Teatro di Marcello, the whole area is nowadays occupied by a school, a new synagogue, erected in 1904, and other buildings dating from the turn of the century.

Opening hours: Mondays - Thursdays 9.30am - 2pm and 3pm - 5pm Fridays: 9am - 2pm Sundays: 9am - 12.30 pm Saturdays closed
Transports: Buses: 23, 44, 56, 60, 65, 75

Roman Gateways

The most beautiful Roman gateways are:

Cimitero Protestante (Protestant Cemetery)

The Protestant Cemetery, often referred to as "English Cemetery" is located nearby Porta San Paolo. The most famous graves are those of the Romantic poets Shelley and Keats or that of Antonio Gramsci, the founder of the Italian Communist Party. From the cemetery you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, a small- scale pyramid in Egyptian style.

Opening hours: Summer: 8am - 12pm and 3.30pm - 5.30pm closed Wednesdays. Winter: 8 - 12pm and 2.30pm - 4.30pm closed Wednesdays
Transports: Buses: 11, 23, 27, 57, 94, 95 or Metro: Piramide


Some 5 km south of the historic heart of the town you will meet a modern area conceived by Mussolini, the fascist-era dictator. This vast complex was built in the 1930's as part of Mussolini's grand design to enlarge Rome.
After the second World War both occupying armies and refugees seriously damaged the complex. The Italian government inherited the unfinished project of repair and turned it into a governmental and administrative center. Later on , the complex was used to host the 1960' Olympics.

Transports: Bus: 93, 97, 197, 293, 493, 765 and Metro: EUR Fermi; EUR Palasport

Churches in Rome

There are too many churches in Rome to be listed. Here we offer a selection: