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Old churches in Rome

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls (Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura) is one of Rome’s must see ancient basilicas and although it is off the beaten track it is well worth the effort. This basilica was founded by Constantine...

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Piazza del Campidoglio

Piazza del Campidoglio is a piazza situated on the Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. The Farnese pope, Pope Paul III, commissioned Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarotti to design the piazza and surrounding palazzi....

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Saint Peter’s Basilica

Saint Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro ) is stunning and a must see attraction while visiting Rome. Since there is so much to see, you need to allow plenty of time. This is considered one of the most visited churches around...

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Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo lies between Pincio hill and the Tevere, and at the top of a trident, il Tridente, formed by three streets: Via del Babuino, Via di Ripetta and Via del Corso. The piazza's name came from the Latin populus, meaning...

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is an elongated, oval-shaped square that is bustling with city life. It is located in what used to be the Stadio di Domiziano, a stadium constructed around 80 AD as a venue for athletic competitions. The stadium's name...

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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the biggest Catholic basilicas all over Rome, Italy and one of four papal basilicas in Rome. It is a Marian church, which means that it is a church that was built in honor of St. Mary....

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Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus is a spectacular ancient stadium for chariot races, which could have accommodate up to 150,000 people enjoying the festivals, ceremonies and games taking place there. For over a millennium, some of the most famous chariot...

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Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain, or Fontana di Trevi in Italian, is Italy’s largest and most famous Baroque fountain, standing 26 meters high and 49 meters across. Baroque art, a popular European art form between 1600 and 1750, is characterized...

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Castel Sant'Angelo

The Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a cylindrical monument set on the shore of the Tiber River. Construction was initiated by Emperor Hadrian, whose purpose was to build a mausoleum for him and his family,...

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Piazza di Spagna

The Piazza di Spagna is a triangular square whose name came from the Spanish Embassy that was part of the square in the 17th century. At the time, the square was considered Spanish territory. The square itself is a famous meeting...

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Piazza Barberini

A large piazza on Quirinal Hill, Piazza Barberini was built in the 16th century and derived its name from the Palazzo Barberini, a Baroque palace to the south of the piazza. The palace was constructed for the Barberini, a prominent...

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Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia is a piazza at the base of the Capitoline Hill, near the Roman Forum, and at the end of the Via del Corso. It got its name from the venetian cardinal Pietro Barbo, who ordered the construction of Palazzo Venezia. The...

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St. Peter's Square

Piazza San Pietro, or St. Peter's Square, is a square fronting St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It is known as one of the most famous piazzas in the world. Its present design, created by the sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo...

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Bocca della Verità

The Piazza Bocca della Verità is an attraction in Rome that is located in between Via della Greca and Via Luigi Petroselli. The plaza is near the bank of the Tiber River and lies right in the ancient district of the Forum Boarium,...

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Basilica of St. John Lateran

The Basilica of St. John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) was built on the same site as the Basilica founded by Constantine around 311 – 314 AD, under the direction of Pope Melchiade. It is one of the oldest churches all over the...

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Sant'Agnese in Agone

The Sant'Agnese in Agone is a famous church in Rome that was rebuilt during the 17th Century. The church’s façade is facing the Piazza Navona, which is one of the main urban spaces within the historic center of Rome. This is also...

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