Historic sites in Rome

If you’re looking to discover historic sites in Rome and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive Rome Historic Sites Map above or navigate further by using the Rome Historic Sites list below.

From the wonders of the Colosseum to the amazing Palatine Hill and the hidden secrets of San Clemente, Rome is brimming with amazing historic places. With a legacy that spans over 2,000 years of history - and such giants from the past as Julius Caesar, Augustus and Constantine once treading its streets - the eternal city has scintillating historic attractions around every corner.

There’s a fantastic selection of historic sites in Rome and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the historic sites of Rome you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your very own Rome tour and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible guide will ensure you make the most of your time exploring Rome's historical places.

Our database of Rome's historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other historic sites in Rome, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

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Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine was a triumphal arch built by the Emperor Constantine the Great in 315AD.

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Arch of Janus

The Arch of Janus is an Ancient Roman triumphal arch and historic site in Rome.

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Arch of Septimius Severus

The Arch of Septimus Severus is a Roman triumphal arch built by the Emperor Septimus Severus to celebrate his military victories.

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Arch of Titus

The Arch of Titus is a Roman triumphal arch built by the Emperor Domitian to commemorate the victories of his elder brother, Emperor Titus.

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Area Sacra di Largo Argentina

Area Sacra di Largo Argentina is the site of four Ancient Roman temples.

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Atrium Vestae

The Atrium Vestae in the Roman Forum was home to Ancient Rome’s only holy priestesses.

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Aula Ottagona

Part of the vast 4th century Baths of Diocletian, the Aula Ottagona is probably the best preserved original structure.

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Basilica Aemelia

Basilica Aemelia was a commercial building of Ancient Rome located in the Forum.

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Basilica Julia

Basilica Julia was an Ancient Roman courthouse in Rome’s Forum.

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Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine

A well preserved historic sites in Rome, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine was an Ancient Roman meeting house, the remains of which stand in the Roman Forum.

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Baths of Caracalla

The Baths of Caracalla were an Ancient Roman public baths and leisure complex and remain well-preserved.

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Baths of Diocletian

The huge Baths of Diocletian complex was built in the early 4th century and covers a vast area. Today elements can be seen in a number of buildings, including the National Museum of Rome.

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Capuchin Crypt

The Capuchin Crypt in Rome is an eerie underground vault, located beneath a medieval church, which contains the macabre remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks.

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Castel Sant Angelo

Castel Sant Angelo was the tomb of the Roman Emperor Hadrian later used as a fort.

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Catacombs of San Callisto

The Catacombs of San Callisto are the largest and most famous of Rome’s Christian catacombs.

Chiesa del Gesu

The Chiesa del Gesu is an historic church in Rome notable for its artistic decorations, particularly its ceiling frescoes, and its place as the centre of the Catholic Jesuit Order.

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Circus Maximus

One of the most famous historic sites in Rome, the Circus Maximus was the main sports stadium of Ancient Rome.

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Circus of Maxentius

The Circus of Maxentius is one of the best preserved Ancient Roman arenas in Rome.

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Curia Julia

The Curia Julia was the senate house in Ancient Rome and part of the Roman Forum.

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Domus Augustana

Domus Augustana was the palace of Ancient Rome’s emperors on the Palatine Hill.

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Flavian Palace

An important historical attraction in Rome, the Flavian Palace on the Palatine Hill was where Roman emperors held official functions.

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Forum of Augustus

The Forum of Augustus was built by the Roman emperor to celebrate avenging Caesar’s assassins.

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Forum of Caesar

The Forum of Caesar was the first of the Imperial Forums built in Ancient Rome.

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Forum of Trajan

The Forum of Trajan was one of the Imperial Forums of Ancient Rome.

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Hadrian’s Villa

Hadrian’s Villa, or Villa Adriana, is perhaps the best-preserved Roman villa complex in the world. The site covers almost 250 acres and consists of over 30 buildings and a number of other points of interest.

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Ludus Magnus

The preserved ruins of Ancient Rome’s largest and most prestigious gladiator training school, located next to the Colosseum in central Rome.

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Mamertine Prison

The Mamertine Prison was an Ancient Roman prison in which Saints Peter and Paul may have been held.

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Mausoleum of Augustus

One of the most interesting of Rome’s historic sites, the Mausoleum of Augustus was the tomb of Rome’s first emperor.

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Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella

The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella is a 1st century BC tomb turned medieval fortress.

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Monument to Victor Emmanuel II

The Monument to Victor Emmanuel II celebrates the first king to rule a unified Italy.

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Musei Capitolini

The Musei Capitolini in Rome host a huge wealth of artifacts and exhibits from the ancient, medieval and renaissance periods.

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Ostia Antica

One of the lesser known historic sites of Rome, the site of Ostia Antica contains the ruins of the port of ancient Rome and visitors can view some amazingly well preserved remains of the settlement.

Palace of Septimius Severus

The Palace of Septimius Severus was magnificent extension of the Domus Augustana on the Palatine.

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Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is known as the birthplace of Rome. It houses some of the city’s most impressive ancient sites and is one of the most important historical places in Rome.

Palazzo dei Conservatori

Palazzo dei Conservatori displays numerous important classical pieces. Part of the Musei Capitolini.

Palazzo Nuovo

The Palazzo Nuovo is an archaeological museum of Ancient Greek and Roman art. Part of the Musei Capitolini.

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Pantheon

The Pantheon in Rome is one of the most famous and well-preserved ancient buildings in the world.

Ponte Rotto

Ponte Rotto is the remaining arch of a second century BC Roman Republic bridge.

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Pyramid of Cestius

An amazing ancient site in Rome, the The Pyramid of Cestius is a tomb dating back to Ancient Rome.

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Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was the very centre of ancient Rome. Throughout the lifespan of Roman civilisation the Forum served as the focus of political, civic and religious life.

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San Clemente

One of the more hidden of Rome’s historic sites, San Clemente is a church built atop a series of fourth and third century BC ruins.

San Giovanni in Laterano

San Giovanni in Laterano is Rome’s cathedral, originally founded by Constantine the Great.

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Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

An impressive 16th century church in Rome, built by Michelangelo using the structural remains of the ancient Baths of Diocletian.

Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere is thought to have been the first Christian church in Rome.

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St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica is one of the holiest of Christian sites with a history dating back to Ancient Rome.

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St Sebastian Catacombs

The St. Sebastian Catacombs are some of the earliest of the Christian catacombs in Rome.

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is one of the best preserved of the historical structures in the Roman Forum.

Temple of Caesar

The Temple of Caesar was built in honour of Julius Caesar. Its altar remains in the Roman Forum.

Temple of Castor and Pollux

The Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum was built following a military victory.

Temple of Concord

The Temple of Concord was an Ancient Roman temple in Rome’s Forum.

Temple of Saturn

The Temple of Saturn was the site of the national treasury of Ancient Rome, the ruins of which stand in the Roman Forum.

Temple of Venus and Rome

The Temple of Venus and Rome was created under Hadrian and is located in the Roman Forum.

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Temples of the Forum Boarium

The Temples of the Forum Boarium are two second century BC Roman republic temples.

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The Ara Pacis Museum

A really interesting place to visit, the Ara Pacis Museum displays the Emperor Augustus’s Altar of Peace.

The Claudio Aqueduct - Rome

The Claudio Aqueduct is an Ancient Roman aqueduct which served Rome from 52 AD.

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The Colosseum

Once the largest amphitheatre of Ancient Rome where gladiators, criminals and lions alike fought for their lives, the Colosseum remains a world renowned, iconic symbol of the Roman Empire. The most famous historic sites in Rome.

The Felice Aqueduct - Rome

The Felice Aqueduct in Rome dates back to the sixteenth century.

The House of Augustus

The House of Augustus on the Palatine Hill was the home of Rome’s first emperor.

The House of Livia

An interesting place to see, the House of Livia was the home of Augustus’s third wife

The Palatine Hill Stadium

The Palatine Hill Stadium was part of the imperial palace of Ancient Rome’s emperors.

The Palatine Museum

The Palatine Museum exhibits ancient finds from the famous Palatine Hill in Rome.

The Protestant Cemetery of Rome

The Protestant Cemetery of Rome is the final resting place of famous non-Catholic poets, artists and philosophers.

The Regia

The Regia in Rome’s Forum was a royal residence turned office of the Pontifex Maximus.

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The Spanish Steps

A famous tourist destination, the Spanish Steps are an eighteenth century staircase and a focal point for Rome’s visitors.

The Temple of Vesta

The Temple of Vesta was an Ancient Roman shrine now found on the Roman Forum.

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The Trevi Fountain

One of the most famous historic sites of Rome, the Trevi Fountain is Rome’s largest and most iconic fountain.

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Theatre of Marcellus

The partially-preserved remains of one of the most important theatres in ancient Rome, built by Julius Caesar and Augustus.

Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker

The Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker is an impressive ancient tomb dating back to 30BC.

Trajan’s Markets

Trajan’s Markets was an Ancient Roman administrative centre located on Trajan’s Forum.

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Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums house a comprehensive collection of artwork and historical pieces from throughout history.

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Via Appia Antica

Via Appia Antica, built in 312 BC, is one of the most important roads leading to Rome.

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Villa dei Quintili

An amazing historical site, Villa dei Quintili is an extremely well-preserved second century AD villa in Rome’s suburbs.