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Rome is a busy city with an enormous number of monuments, churches, squares that are so famous that it's impossible to make a short list of the absolutely must-see landmarks in this city. There will always be something remaining for the next time, which is why most people keep coming back to the Eternal City. Even if you see the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the famous Trevi Fountain, upon your next visit, you'll find plenty of new areas to discover. When it comes to churches, there is one must see however – St Peter's Basilica, which is the largest church in the world and the ultimate symbol of Catholicism. Equally important places to visit are Rome's parks and gardens, which are not only examples of exquisite horticulture and feature beautiful sculptures and fountains, but also are simply great places to take a break from the crowded and busy capital.


Arch of Constantine
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Arch of Constantine, by Elisabetta
 
Arch of Constantine
Address: Via San Gregorio
  Phone: +39 6 48 8991
 
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One of Rome’s premiere monuments is the proud Arco di Costantino, or Arch of Constantine. This triumphal arch was constructed in 315 AD as a commemoration of the victory of Constantine I over Maxentius at Milvian Bridge three years earlier. It’s the largest of only three structures of this kind which have survived in the Italian capital. Situated in the valley of the Colosseum, close to the Palatine Hill, it marks an important spot along the traditional route of triumphal processions.
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Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain, by Paco Cabeza-Lopez
 
Trevi Fountain
Address: Piazza di Trevi
 
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The Fontana di Trevi is often mentioned as being the most beautiful of the large collection of city fountains to be found in the Italian capital. The elegant fountain is incorporated in the final part of Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct built in 19 BC to transport water from the Salone Springs, located 20 kilometres from the city. Thus, it was responsible for supplying water to the very centre of old Rome. The Fontana di Trevi is entirely a Baroque structure, designed in 1735 by Salvi upon the order of Clement XII. It was decorated by a team of artists from Bernini’s school.
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Pantheon
Address: Piazza della Rotonda
 
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The Pantheon is one of the best preserved pieces of architecture from the ancient Roman times. The original temple on the site was erected by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the son-in-law of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. The magnificent temple, whose task, according to its name, was to celebrate all gods, was completed by 25 BC. The building that stands today at Piazza della Rotonda differs significantly from the original project, as it is the result of the extensive remodelling carried out by Hadrian between 118 and 125 AD. One of the few remnants of Agrippa’s temple is the front portico.
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Stadio Olimpico
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Stadio Olimpico , by Alessio
 
Stadio Olimpico
Address: Via Foro Italico
  Phone: +39 06 36 851
  e-mail: info@asromastore.it  
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Stadio Olimpico is the premiere sports venue of the Italian capital. The home ground of AS Roma, SS Lazio and the Italian national team, it was constructed in 1936. Throughout its history, it has hosted the events of the 1960 Summer Olympics, the 1977 European Cup, the 1987 World Athletics Championships and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Boasting a capacity of 82,000, the stadium underwent a major remodelling for the 1990 World Cup. The renovation turned the slightly outdated stadium into an ultra-modern roofed structure resembling an elliptical bowl.
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Teatro Colosseo
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Teatro Colosseo , by Erika Giannini
 
Teatro Colosseo
Address: Via Capo d’Africa 5/a
  Phone: +39 06 7004932
 
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There could hardly be found a brighter symbol of Rome than the emblematic construction of the Coliseum. The Roman building, which is the biggest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire, has had various uses throughout the centuries. It has survived today, although in ruins, and it still partly functions as a performance site. Even if in ancient times it was most often alluded to as the site of gladiator game or executions, today it is a site related to music, art, Christianity and grandeur.
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Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
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Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano , by Bogdan and Delia Bratosin
 
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Address: Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano 4
  Phone: +39 06 6988 6452
 
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Often referred to as as the Mother of all Churches, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, is one of the major religious sites in Rome that every year welcomes pilgrims from around the world. Traditionally it is the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, from where, the Pope gives his annual benediction on Maundy Thursday during the Holy Week.
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The Sistine Chapel
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The Sistine Chapel , by Panino Allo Zozzone
 
The Sistine Chapel
Address: Viale Vaticano
  Phone: +39 06 6988 4947
 
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The world famous Sistine Chapel lies in the Pope’s official home in Vatican City in the Apolistic Palace. It is renowned for its magnificent architecture, reminiscent of the Bible’s Temple of Solomon. Some of the world’s greatest Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Pergino have contributed to its décor. It is probably best known as the place where new popes are elected.
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Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls
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Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls , by Paul Martin
 
Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls
Address: Via Ostiense 168
  Phone: +39 06 541 03 41
 
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The Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica known locally as the Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura is considered to be one of Rome’s greatest basilicas. It was established by the Roman Emperor, Constantine I in what is alleged to be St Paul’s burial ground. Over the years the basilica underwent a great deal of change, which resulted in its near total destruction by fire in 1823.
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