Things to do for Art & Design Lovers in Rome 

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    Santa Maria del Popolo

    Piazza del Popolo, 12, Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
    10 reviews

    Caravaggio! Boy, do I love this guy's work. Chiaroscuro is one of my favorite techniques from painting, the contrast of light and dark. Dramatic! Visitors to the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo get two (not one, but two) paintings by Caravaggio. Aside from that, it's a beautiful church, though not the most beautiful in Rome.

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    Santa Maria della Vittoria

    Via 20 Settembre, 17, Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
    18 reviews

    Rome is filled with precious pieces of art history that a traveler in a hurry could overlook, and this church is one. Secreted inside is Bernini's masterwork Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, a prime example of sensual Baroque sculpture.

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  • 23

    Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

    Via del Caravita 8a, Rome 00186 Italy
    6 reviews

    This church has an illusionist painted ceiling that fools the eye--incredible. You need to walk around to confirm it is an illusion.

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  • 24

    Scuderie del Quirinale

    Via 24 Maggio 16, Rome 00187 Italy
    9 reviews

    This building used to be the Papal stables but is now used to house special exhibitions. We saw an incredible exhibition of the Baroque painter Caravaggio in 2010. Check the schedule to see what might be on.

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  • 25

    Villa Borghese

    Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 00197 Rome, Italy
    69 reviews

    pick a not to hot day...if possible and enjoy this wonderful garden and Villa

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  • 26

    Ara Pacis

    Lungotevere in Augusta, Rome 00186 Italy
    9 reviews

    The very stark modern exterior of this building houses an ancient and elaborately carved altar to Peace. There former building housing the altar was built by Mussolini after the altar was reconstructed but the current one is designed by the American architect Meier. The new design has been the source of controversy. There's a fee for admission.

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  • 27

    Saint Clement's Basilica

    Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome 00184 Italy
    13 reviews

    History buffs will drool over visiting Saint Clement's Basilica, a church on top of a church, on top of a church. Accidental excavations revealed a 4th century A.D. church underneath the medieval basilica, which just happens to be directly on top of a 1st century A.D. Mithraic chapel.

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  • 28

    Via dei Fori Imperiali

    Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00186 Italy
    22 reviews

    A walk through the Roman forum is two feeling simultaneously. First there's the sense of awe at being in the epicenter of ancient Roman culture. Here was held Caesar's funeral and here the Romans chased out their last king. At the same time there's a sadness in that much of the forum is an incomprehensible jumble of random columns and ...

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  • 29

    Moro Fountain

    Piazza Navona, Rome 00186, Italy
    24 reviews

    One of rome's most charming fountains. Great in all weather and amidst one of the most inviting squares. During the summer, it's also a nice place to cool down.

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  • 30


    5 reviews

    Obviously, no trip to Italy is not complete without a trip to Rome. Rome is a three hour drive from Casa Cappellino or you can catch the train in Arezzo. Trains from Arezzo to Rome tae from 1.5 to 3 hours.

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  • 31

    Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva

    Piazza della Minerva, 42, Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
    15 reviews

    As Rome's only Gothic cathedral, the feel of the interior of the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva is quite different from the other churches in Rome. I particularly loved the blue ceiling. Artistic must-sees include Michelangelo's Christ Bearing the Cross at the left side of the nave's end, as well as Bernini's Elefantino sculpture outside.

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  • 32

    Sant'Agnese in Agone

    30 Via Santa Maria dell'Anima, Rome 00186 Italy
    6 reviews

    The big church in the heart of Piazza Navona involved both of Rome's great architects, Borromini and Bernini, as well as Girolamo Rainaldi and his son Carlo Rainaldi. The beautiful interior offers a great break from the hustle outside. Stand at the top of the church's steps and you'll get a great vantage point of the piazza itself.

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  • 33

    Fontana delle Tartarughe

    Piazza Mattei, Rome 00186 Italy
    4 reviews

    Not the grandest of fountains, but it's cute. There's a nice energy here, complemented nicely with Piazza Mattei's laid-back vibe. It's not all hustle and bustle like the other piazze. Take a seat by the fountain and watch the boys play.

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  • 34

    Palatine Hill

    Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53, Rome 00186 Italy
    39 reviews

    The Palatine, overlooking the forum, was the home of the Imperial Palace and the seat of government power for centuries. Guided tours can point out the significance of each courtyard and ruin. It's also probably the best place to get a good vantage point on the ancient city.

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  • 35

    San Pietro in Vincoli

    Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4a, 00184 Rome, Italy
    24 reviews

    The chains of St. Peter are indeed on display at the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, though, unlike modern magic acts, one can't actually touch them to see if they're real. (I suppose that's a matter of faith.) The church is beautiful, as are many churches in Rome, but the vincoli and a statue of Moses by Michelangelo are ...

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  • 36

    Pope Benedict XVI

    Rome, Italy
    12 reviews

    I saw Pope Benedict give a Sunday Blessing in 2005 a few months after he became Pope. It was amazing to feel the energy and devotion of the crown in St. Peter's Square and though the Pope was a tiny dot hundreds of yards away, it was pretty neat that he was there speaking to the crowd.

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  • 37

    Chiesa del Gesù

    Via degli Astalli 16, Rome, Italy
    7 reviews

    Triumph of the Name of Jesus, by Giovanni Battista Gaulli, is the fresco painting on the ceiling of the church and makes a visit to this church worthwhile. There is a big mirror set up so you can view the ceiling at length without straining your neck. The times when the church is open is not well advertised so check ...

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  • 38

    Altare della Patria

    5 reviews

    Or Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II or often dismissively called "The Typewriter." Completed in the heyday of the Mussolini years, it certainly divides opinions. The naysayers claim it's a monumental blight on the Roman treasures nearby (the Typewriter is on Piazza Venezia, at one end of the magnificent Via dei Fori Imperiali); personally, I'm 'ni chaud, ni froid' about it, ...

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  • 39

    Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

    Via delle Belle Arti 131, Rome 00196 Italy
    4 reviews

    One of my favorite attractions in Rome. For just eight euros, you get a huge collection of modern art in a beautiful palazzo. The collection focuses on Italian art, though pieces from other famous artists from around the world (Monet, Miro, etc.) are included as well. I visited this museum on my last day in Rome and it was really ...

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  • 40

    Church of Saint Yves at La Sapienza

    40 Corso del Rinascimento, Rome 00186 Italy
    6 reviews

    This church designed by Borromini is not open very often. If it is, be sure to visit in order to see one of the best works by one of the most unique architects of the Baroque or any era.

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