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Top 10 places in Rome
Our app features the history of 325 monuments and great sites including places to discover Rome. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Rome
Abutting on the Palazzo Poli, its construction was commissioned from Niccolo Salvi in 1732 and finished in 1762. It perpetuates an effect of theatricality of the baroque style: a colossal setting, a statue of Ocean on a marine chariot seems to explode with passion, the effect is reinforced by the... Read more
The origin of the museum goes back to the 16th century: the discovery of the statue of Laocoon (priest of Troy) in a vineyard near Santa Maria Maggiore, its purchase by pope Julius II on the advice of Michelangelo and its exhibition to the public, was the starting point of the museum which nowadays... Read more
It was in the 16th century Spanish territory, attached to the Spanish Embassy, and close to the pope, hence its name. It is famous for its fountain, "la Barcaccia," constructed in 1629 by Pietro Bernini, father of Lorenzo, its monumental staircase, thanks to Francesco de Sanctis (1726) and the... Read more
The building of a first basilica was ordered by the emperor Constantine in the 4th century, including the place where Saint Peter would have been buried. After numerous reconstructions, Pope Julius II decided in 1506 to construct the colossal present day basilica. Its construction was not finished... Read more
Emperor Hadrian had his mausoleum erected in this place : a huge marble rotonda, surmounted by a quadriga driven by him and modeled after Augustus' mausoleum. It was rapidly transformed into a fortress, incorporated into the Aurelian walls in 403, then into a fortification constructed by the... Read more
In 86 A. D. Domitian opened its athletic stadium, according to the Greek model; it had a capacity of 30,000 spectators. This stadium, in ruins in the 5th century, slowly revived and was set up as a market, and was the venue of many holiday celebrations. It was not until 1651 that the project of... Read more
Was built during the imperial reign of Hadrian (2nd century), on the ruins of an earlier temple built by Agrippa, which is dedicated to all the deities. Its 43 meter dome is pierced by an 8 meter oculus at a height of 15 meters; the portico is supported by 16 monolithic granite columns.... Read more
At the end of the Roman republican era, the great families had their houses there with large gardens, (Horti) Lucullani, Sallustiani, and Pompeiani. One of those families was called Pincius! It was designed by Giuseppe Valadier in 1793.The Casina Valadier is a cafe and restaurant from where one has... Read more
An amphitheater built by the Flavians, Vespasian and his son Titus, from 71 to 80. It was the largest amphitheater ever built and played host to 55,000 spectators. Organized gladiatorial combats were held there, fights with wild animals, naval battles, public executions, reenactments of famous... Read more
Model of all subsequent forums in Rome and elsewhere, is a complex where the Romans gathered to discuss political and economic issues, with temples, basilicas, places for political meetings and shopping, parks, libraries, arches of triumph, schools, and stages ... The site of the forum was a vast... Read more
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