Roman Forum (162)

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Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the homonymous province and of the region of Lazio. With 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km², it is also the country’s largest and most populated municipality and fourth most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The urban area of Rome extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 3.8 million. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber within Lazio (Latium). Rome is the only city in the world to contain in its interior a whole state; the enclave of Vatican City.

Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC. Rome is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. It is referred to as “The Eternal City”, a notion expressed by ancient Roman poets and writers. In the ancient world it was successively the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of Western civilization. Since the 1st century AD, Rome has been considered the seat of the Papacy and in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.

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After the Middle Ages, Rome was ruled by popes such as Alexander VI and Leo X, who transformed the city into one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance along with Florence. The current version of St Peter’s Basilica was built and the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo. Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Bernini and Raphael, resided for some time in Rome, contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

List of sights

Andersen Museum8 photos

Andersen Museum (5)
Andersen MuseumRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 51″ N, 12° 28′ 22″ E

Andersen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1872, and immigrated as an infant with his family to Newport, Rhode Island the following year. As a young man in Newport, Andersen began his work as a sculptor and learned to mingle among the city’s wealthy… [Read more]

Appian Way26 photos

Appian Way (34)
Appian WayRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 51′ 7″ N, 12° 31′ 15″ E

The Appian Way was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, Puglia, in south-east Italy. The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and… [Read more]

Auditorium22 photos

Auditorium (32)
AuditoriumRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 55′ 45″ N, 12° 28′ 29″ E

Auditorium Parco della Musica is a large multi-functional public music complex in Rome. The complex is situated in the north of the city, in the area where the 1960 Summer Olympic Games were held. Parco della Musica was designed by Italian… [Read more]

Aula Ottagona48 photos

Aula Ottagona (55)
Aula OttagonaRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 14″ N, 12° 29′ 45″ E

The Aula Ottagona is part of Diocletian’s Baths and used to be called the Hall of Minerva. Probably designed originally to provide a concourse area, it is octagonal in shape with four semi-circular niches in the corners. [Read more]

Baths of Caracalla32 photos

Baths of Caracalla (41)
Baths of CaracallaRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 52′ 50″ N, 12° 29′ 29″ E

The Baths of Caracalla in Rome, were Roman public baths, or thermae, built in Rome between AD 212 and 216, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. Records show that the idea for the baths were drawn up by Septimius Severus, and merely completed… [Read more]

Campo de’ Fiori100 photos

Campo dei Fiori (29) Market
Campo de’ FioriRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 44″ N, 12° 28′ 20″ E

Campo dei Fiori is a rectangular square near Piazza Navona in Rome, on the border of rione Parione and rione Regola. Campo dei Fiori, translated literally from Italian, means “field of flowers”. The name was first given during the Middle Ages when… [Read more]

Capitoline Hill19 photos

Capitoline Hill (10)
Capitoline HillRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 36″ N, 12° 28′ 59″ E

The Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), between the Forum and the Campus Martius, is one of the Seven Hills of Rome. It was the citadel (equivalent of the ancient Greek acropolis) of the earliest Romans. By the 16th century, Capitolinus had become … [Read more]

Capitoline Museums77 photos

Palazzo dei Conservatori (131)
Capitoline MuseumsRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 36″ N, 12° 28′ 59″ E

The Capitoline Museums (Italian Musei Capitolini) are a group of art and archaeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy. The museums are contained in three palazzi surrounding a central trapezoidal… [Read more]

Chiesa del 2000114 photos

Chiesa del 2000 (139)
Chiesa del 2000Rome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 52′ 57″ N, 12° 35′ 9″ E

The church “Dives in Misericordia” is located in Tor Tre Teste in Rome, and was designed by Richard Meier, winner of the competition announced in the frame of the diocesan program “50 Churches for Rome 2000”. This architecture has the particular… [Read more]

Coppede103 photos

Coppede (88)
CoppedeRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 55′ 7″ N, 12° 30′ 4″ E

The architect Gino Coppede planned this quarter in the Twenties. It’s a very particular quarter where do several styles peep in: Liberty, Deco, Italian Baroque, which mixed together they produce an amazing effect. The passer-by is surprised and… [Read more]

Galleria Sciarra24 photos

Galleria Sciarra (146)
Galleria SciarraRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 59″ N, 12° 28′ 55″ E

The Galleria Sciarra is a pedestrian passage of Rome, located between Via Marco Minghetti, Vicolo Sciarra and Piazza dell’Oratorio, in the Trevi district. Built as a courtyard of the palazzo Sciarra Colonna di Carbognano, the gallery is composed of… [Read more]

Goal - Mario Ceroli39 photos

Goal - Mario Ceroli (94)
Goal - Mario CeroliRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 55′ 48″ N, 12° 28′ 11″ E

The 16.5 m high sculpture “Goal” by Mario Ceroli was built by the artist during the World Cup in 1990. The sculpture is composed of two built-in wood and galvanised steel structures, one, the “Box”, within the other, the “Sphere”. Mario Ceroli was… [Read more]

Janiculum43 photos

Janiculum (55)
JaniculumRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 27″ N, 12° 27′ 41″ E

The Janiculum (Gianicolo in Italian) is a hill in western Rome. Although the second-tallest hill (the tallest being Monte Mario) in the contemporary city of Rome), the Janiculum does not figure among the proverbial Seven Hills of Rome, being west… [Read more]

Pantheon (Rome)15 photos

Pantheon (52)
Pantheon (Rome)Rome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 57″ N, 12° 28′ 36″ E

The Pantheon is a building in Rome, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in… [Read more]

Piazza Colonna5 photos

Piazza Colonna (2)
Piazza ColonnaRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 3″ N, 12° 28′ 48″ E

Piazza Colonna is a piazza at the centre of the Rione of Colonna in the historic heart of Rome. It is named for the marble Column of Marcus Aurelius which has stood there since 193 CE. The bronze statue of Saint Paul that crowns the column was… [Read more]

Piazza del Popolo22 photos

Piazza del Popolo (11)
Piazza del PopoloRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 38″ N, 12° 28′ 35″ E

Piazza del Popolo is a large urban square in Rome. The name in modern Italian literally means “People’s Square”, but historically it derives from the poplars (populus in Latin, pioppo in Italian) after which the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in… [Read more]

Piazza Navona31 photos

Piazza Navona (149)
Piazza NavonaRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 57″ N, 12° 28′ 23″ E

The Piazza Navona is a city square in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans came there to watch the games, and hence it… [Read more]

Pincian Hill4 photos

Pincian Hill (5)
Pincian HillRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 40″ N, 12° 28′ 46″ E

The Pincian Hill (Italian: Pincio; Latin: Mons Pincius) is a hill in the northeast quadrant of the historical center of Rome. The hill lies to the north of the Quirinal, overlooking the Campus Martius. It was outside the original boundaries of the… [Read more]

Ponte Milvio85 photos

Ponte Milvio (28)
Ponte MilvioRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 56′ 8″ N, 12° 28′ 1″ E

The Milvio Bridge (Ponte Molle or Ponte Milvio) is a bridge over the Tiber in northern Rome. It was an economically and strategically important bridge in the era of the Roman Empire and was the site of the famous Battle of Milvio Bridge. In late… [Read more]

Protestant Cemetery38 photos

Protestant Cemetery (39)
Protestant CemeteryRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 52′ 35″ N, 12° 28′ 46″ E

The Protestant Cemetery, now officially called the Cimitero AcattolicoNon-Catholic Cemetery” and often referred to as the Cimitero degli InglesiEnglishmen’ Cemetery” is a cemetery in Rome, located near Porta San Paolo alongside the Pyramid of[Read more]

Roman Forum84 photos

Roman Forum (162)
Roman ForumRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 33″ N, 12° 29′ 7″ E

The Roman Forum (Latin: Forum Romanum, Italian: Foro Romano) is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the centre of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this… [Read more]

Tiber15 photos

Tiber (42)
TiberRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 9″ N, 12° 28′ 17″ E

The Tevere (Tiber) is the third-longest river in Italy, rising in the Apennine mountains in Emilia-Romagna and flowing 406 km through Umbria and Lazio to the Tyrrhenian Sea. It drains a basin estimated at 17,375 km². The river has achieved lasting… [Read more]

Trash People111 photos

Trash People (162)
Trash PeopleRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 38″ N, 12° 28′ 35″ E

Trash People: The one thousand life-sized Trash People started their trip around the world in 1996 in Xanten. They stopped in Paris (1999), Moscow (1999), Beijing and the Great Chinese Wall (2001), Cairo and Giza (2002), Zermatt (2003), Kilkenny[Read more]

Trevi Fountain19 photos

Trevi Fountain (20)
Trevi FountainRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 3″ N, 12° 29′ 0″ E

The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome. Standing 26 m high and 20 m wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. In 1629 Pope Urban VIII, finding… [Read more]

Valentino in Rome206 photos

Valentino in Rome (195)
Valentino in RomeRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 20″ N, 12° 28′ 31″ E

The exhibition “Valentino a Roma” was set around the Ara Pacis and spread throughout the museum, creating an exact chronological retrospective, visible to passers-by and accentuating the ties which bind Valentino Garavani to Rome and Rome to … [Read more]

Vatican City137 photos

San Pietro (1)
Vatican CityVatican City

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 8″ N, 12° 27′ 19″ E

Vatican City, or Vatican City State, in Italian officially Stato della Città del Vatican, is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares, and a… [Read more]

Via Margutta18 photos

Via Margutta (42)
Via MarguttaRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 28″ N, 12° 28′ 50″ E

The Via Margutta is a narrow street in the centre of Rome, near Piazza del Popolo, accessible from Via del Babuino in the ancient Campo Marzio neighbourhood also known as the foreigner’s quarter. Via Margutta originally was home to modest… [Read more]

Villa Torlonia72 photos

Villa Torlonia (65)
Villa TorloniaRome - Lazio - Italy

Coordinates: 41° 54′ 54″ N, 12° 30′ 41″ E

Villa Torlonia is a villa and surrounding gardens in Rome, formerly belonging to the Torlonia family. It is entered from via Nomentana. It was designed by the neo-Classic architect Giuseppe Valadier. Construction began in 1806 for the banker … [Read more]


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Roman Forum (162)
Roman ForumRome - Lazio - Italy

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