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Borghese Gallery

Parioli 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Book a two-hour timed-entry ticket in advance to beat the crowds, then spend the first 45 minutes upstairs with the paintings before taking in the sculptures below. — Departures

Book ahead online to secure a spot for one of the two-hour-long viewing times throughout the day, and spend some time after your visit exploring the Borghese Gardens. — Condé Nast Traveler

Housed in a magnificent 17C villa, this gallery is home to an amazing collection of pictures and sculpture amassed by avid art-lover Cardinal Scipione Borghese — Michelin Guide

The world’s most perfect small art museum. — Travel + Leisure

It's a real toss-up as to which is more magnificent: the villa built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese in 1612, or the art that lies within. — Fodor's

Pantheon

Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the wonders of the ancient world, this onetime pagan temple, a marvel of architectural harmony and proportion, is the best-preserved ancient building in Rome. — Fodor's

Nearly 2,000 years after it was erected by Emperor Marcus Agrippa, the Pantheon is still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. — Concierge

Of all ancient Rome's great buildings, only the Pantheon (All the Gods) remains intact. It was built in 27 B.C. by Marcus Agrippa and was reconstructed by Hadrian in the early 2nd century A.D. — Frommer's

The Pantheon is the best preserved Classical building anywhere; a pagan temple, it was converted into a church in the 7C. — Michelin Guide

This 1st-century wonder will take your breath away. Not only is it one of the city's most ancient sites, it's been in continuous use for centuries. — Afar Magazine

Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

Monti 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A Nesting Doll of Churches.  — Atlas Obscura

A multi-layered church and archaeological site, the Basilica of San Clemente is one of the best examples of how Rome is a layer cake of history — Travel + Leisure

In 1857, the prior of the Basilica San Clemente thought there might be something underneath his 12th-century church, already renowned for its relics and striking mosaic of the Crucifixion. — Afar Magazine

A 12th-century basilica built over a 4th-century church, which stands over a 2nd-century pagan temple and 1st-century Roman house. — Lonely Planet

From the Colosseum, head up Via San Giovanni in Laterano to this basilica. It isn't just another Roman church -- far from it. — Frommer's

Colosseum

Monti 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Rome’s most recognizable ruins, attracting tourists... who marvel at the grand size of this concrete and stone structure built in 70 AD. — Condé Nast Traveler

The most spectacular extant edifice of ancient Rome, the Colosseo has a history that is half gore, half glory. — Fodor's

Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most thrilling of the city's ancient sights. — Lonely Planet

It’s the Colosseum — Let's Go

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

Church of St. Louis of the French

Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This church was built centuries ago as France's key liaison to the Vatican and the surrounding buildings still host French-affilicated religious and culture associations. — Afar Magazine

Named after King Louis IX, this church was built as a house of worship for French people living in Rome in 1518. — Travel + Leisure

With marble walls, gold decor, and three of Caravaggio’s most famous pieces—The Calling of Saint Matthew, Saint Matthew and the Angel, and The Crucifixion — Let's Go

Rome's French church was constructed between 1518 and 1589, thanks to the patronage of Henri II, Henri III and Catherine de Médicis. — Michelin Guide

Completed in 1589, San Luigi (St Louis) is the church of Rome's French community. — Time Out

Centrale Montemartini

Ostiense 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This electricity power station is an unusual setting to find sculpture from the Musei Capitolini collections. — Michelin Guide

A satellite of the Capitoline Museums housed in a former power plant, Centrale Montemartini brilliantly juxtaposes gods and machines. — Travel + Leisure

Antiquity meets Fritz Lang's Metropolis at the striking outpost of the Capitoline Museums. — Lonely Planet

Gods clash with machines in a power plant regenerated as a museum.  — Atlas Obscura

Hike out to this old power plant if you want to see some of the finest sculptures in ancient Rome. — Frommer's

Trevi Fountain

Trevi 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It is universally known since Anita Ekberg bathed in it, wearing an evening dress, in Dolce Vità. — Michelin Guide

Flocks of tourist visiting the Eternal City come to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain in the Campo Marzio neighborhood. — Travel + Leisure

An aquatic marvel in a city filled with them, the fountain's unique drama is largely due to the site. — Fodor's

Supplied by water from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct and a triumph of the baroque style, it was based on the design of Nicolo Salvi and was completed in 1762. — Frommer's

This fountain almost fills an entire piazza, and is Rome's most famous fountain, its iconic status sealed when Anita Ekberg splashed here in La Dolce Vita. — Lonely Planet

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps

Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This branch of the National Roman Museum is housed in a 15th-century palace that was restored and opened to the public in 1997. — Frommer's

Many of the remarkable ancient statues displayed in this gallery of collections from four local dynasties look surprisingly intact. — The Telegraph

The 15th- to 16th-century Palazzo Altemps has been beautifully restored to house part of the state-owned Museo Nazionale Romano stock of Roman treasures. — Time Out

Just north of Piazza Navona, Palazzo Altemps is a beautiful, late 15th-century palazzo, housing the best of the Museo Nazionale Romano’s formidable collection of classical sculpture. — Lonely Planet

Recently restored, this magnificent 15C palace today houses the Ludovisi-Boncompagni collection. — Michelin Guide

Vatican Museums

Rome 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Vatican Museums contain a wealth of historical items and artistic works in the form of archeological findings, sculptures, mosaics, statue, and frescoes. — Travel + Leisure

This seemingly endless series of museums and galleries occupies a good portion of Vatican City—the world's smallest independent country—and it overflows with masterpieces. — Condé Nast Traveler

These museums house some fabulous collections — Michelin Guide

Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century and enlarged by successive pontiffs, the Vatican Museums boast one of the world's greatest art collections. — Lonely Planet

The Vatican palaces and museum spaces consist of an estimated 1,400 rooms, chapels, and galleries; one of the largest museums in the world for the smallest country in the world — Fodor's

National Museum of Rome

Esquilino 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, a former Jesuit college, houses one of the richest collections of Ancient Art in the world (along with Palazzo Altemps and the Capitoline Museums). — Michelin Guide

If you ever wanted to know what all those emperors from your history books looked like, this museum makes them live again, togas and all. — Frommer's

The Italian state's spectacular collection of ancient art underwent a radical reorganisation in the run-up to 2000. — Time Out

Come here to get a real feel for ancient Roman art—the collection rivals even the Vatican's. — Fodor's

One of Rome's great unheralded museums, this is a fabulous treasure trove of classical art. — Lonely Planet

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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Monti 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This great church, one of Rome's four major basilicas, was built by Pope Liberius in A.D. 358 and was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III from 432 to 440. — Frommer's

Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the oldest churches in Rome, built around 440 by Pope Sixtus III. — Fodor's

One of Rome's four patriarchal basilicas, Santa Maria was built on the summit of the Esquiline Hill in the 5th century. — Lonely Planet

Founded by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), this is one of Rome's four great basilicas, and has been remodelled many times down the centuries. — Michelin Guide

Originally built in the fifth century, Santa Maria Maggiore contains one of the best preserved Byzantine interiors in Rome. — Travel + Leisure

Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

Vatican / Borgo 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Begun by Emperor Hadrian in AD 135 as his own mausoleum, Castel Sant'Angelo has variously been a fortress, prison and papal residence. — Time Out

Standing between the Tiber and the Vatican, this circular and medieval "castle" has long been one of Rome's most distinctive landmarks. — Fodor's

Mausoleum for Hadrian and his family turned palace, castle, prison, and (finally) museum, stands on the banks of the Tiber, inspiring childish wonder in all with its dried up moats and...torches. — Let's Go

With its chunky round keep, this castle is an instantly recognisable landmark. — Lonely Planet

St. Gregory the Great had a encouraging vision of an angel sheathing its sword above this massive brick castle built atop the drum of Hadrian's first-century mausoleum. — Travel + Leisure

Palatine Hill

Piazza Venezia / Ancient City 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Roman Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre, a grandiose district of marble-clad temples, proud basilicas and vibrant public spaces. — Lonely Planet

The monumental door of the Roman agora was completed in 2 A.D. thanks to the subsidies firstly of Julius Caesar, and then of Augustus. — Michelin Guide

When it came to cremating Caesar, purchasing a harlot for the night, or sacrificing a naked victim, the Roman Forum was the place to be. — Frommer's

A number of the most famous Roman monuments have recently received a revamp thanks to a number of the country’s fashion houses — Departures

With a bit of patience (and a lot of imagination), it's possible to reconstruct what was once the heart of the Western world. — Time Out

Capitoline Museum

Piazza Venezia / Ancient City 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Surpassed in size and richness only by the Musei Vaticani, this immense collection was the first public museum in the world. — Fodor's

Based at the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, although part of the collection (notably items excavated in the rome region) are now on display at the Montemartini Power Station. — Michelin Guide

Inexplicably un-crowded, this institution houses the second largest collection of ancient art in the world. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Capitoline Museums house a collection of ancient sculptures in a pair of buildings designed by Michelangelo in the mid-16th century — Afar Magazine

The gems are now spread through two palazzi on opposite sides of the Michelangelo-designed Piazza del Campidoglio. — The Telegraph

Santa Maria in Trastevere

Trastevere 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Romanesque church at the colorful center of Trastevere was built around A.D. 350 and is one of the oldest in Rome. — Frommer's

The three-hour happy hour at Oddfellows is a local secret, coaxing workers out of the office as early as 3 p.m. with its genteel libations. — Let's Go

Trastevere's glittering heart is the beautiful Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, which features what is said to be the oldest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Rome. — Lonely Planet

Originally built sometime before the 4th century, this is certainly one of Rome's oldest, and grandest, churches. — Fodor's

This stunning church, with its welcoming portico and façade with shimmering 13th-century mosaics, overlooks the traffic-free piazza of the same name. — Time Out

Villa Farnesina

Trastevere 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Villa Farnesina was built between 1508 and 1511 to a design by Baldassare Peruzzi as a pleasure palace and holiday home for the fabulously rich papal banker Agostino Chigi. — Time Out

This gorgeous 16th-century villa is famous for its stunning frescoes. — Lonely Planet

Money was no object to the extravagant Agostino Chigi... evident in this elegant villa, built for him about 1511. — Fodor's

Built on the banks of the Tiber by Baldassare Peruzzi for the banker Agostino Chigi (1465-1520), this originally suburban villa had many great Renaissance artists work upon it. — Michelin Guide

Agostino "il Magnifico" Chigi (1465-1520), the richest man in Europe, once lived in this sumptuous villa built for him by the architect Baldassare Peruzzi between 1508 and 1511. — Frommer's

Santa Maria della Vittoria

Esquilino 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built by Carlo Maderno, the same architect who constructed the church of Santa Susanna, although this is a little later and so reflects the advent of the Counter-Reformation. — Michelin Guide

This modest church is an unlikely setting for an extraordinary work of art – Bernini’s extravagant and sexually charged Santa Teresa trafitta dall’amore di Dio (Ecstasy of St Teresa). — Lonely Planet

Pretty little baroque church... but a visit here is all about one unique piece of art: Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s “Ecstasy of St.Teresa". — Frommer's

Like the church of Santa Susanna across Piazza San Bernardo, this church was designed by Carlo Maderno, but this one is best known for Bernini's sumptuous Baroque decoration. — Fodor's

This modest-looking Baroque church, its interior cosily candlelit and adorned with marble and gilt, holds one of Bernini's most famous works. — Time Out

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Ostiense 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A sycamore-shaded stroll along the Tiber River takes you to the palm-treed paradise of the Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura. — Afar Magazine

St. Paul's is one of Rome's most historic and important churches. — Fodor's

One of Catholicism's four major basilicas has a series of papal portraits that are said to predict the end of the world.  — Atlas Obscura

Features that have survived include 11th-century doors decorated with biblical scenes; a strange 12th-century Easter candlestick, featuring human-, lion- and goat-headed beasts. — Time Out

As long as its name, this ancient basilica was built over St. Paul’s tomb, which rests below the altar. Since then it has expanded significantly. — Let's Go

St. Peter's Basilica

Rome 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In this city of outstanding churches, none can hold a candle to St Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro), Italy’s largest, richest and most spectacular church. — Lonely Planet

Peter was buried here in A.D. 64 near the site of his execution, and in 324 Constantine commissioned a basilica to be built over Peter's tomb. — Frommer's

The huge interior has countless masterpieces: Michelangelo's Pietà, St Peter's throne, the monument to Urban VIII and Bernini's canopy... From the top of the dome there is a superb view of Rome. — Michelin Guide

The power of St. Peter’s Basilica has influenced world history for the past 700 years and is plainly visible in the lavishly decorated interior. — Travel + Leisure

With one of the most iconic domes in the world, Saint Peter’s Basilica is more than a building to be admired from the outside. — Let's Go

Terme di Caracalla

Rome 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Named for Emperor Caracalla, the baths were completed in the early 3rd century. — Frommer's

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 heyday. — Time Out

Built by Caracalla in the year 212, these baths covered 11ha and could accommodate 1 600 people at any one time. — Michelin Guide

The Terme di Caracalla are some of Rome's most massive—yet least-visited—ruins. — Fodor's

The remnants of Caracalla’s vast 3rd-century baths complex are among Rome’s most awe-inspiring ruins. — Lonely Planet

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