Complesso del Vittoriano

Ancient Rome

This gallery space inside Il Vittoriano regularly hosts major art exhibitions.

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1. Museo Centrale del Risorgimento

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Inside the Vittoriano, this small museum charts the history of Italy from the late 18th century through unification to WWI. Exhibits include documents,…

2. Vittoriano

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You can't ignore the Vittoriano, built at the turn of the 20th century to honor Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II.

3. Roma dal Cielo

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This panoramic lift will whisk you to the top of the Vittoriano for sweeping 360-degree views of the city from the Terrazza delle Quadrighe.

4. Chiesa di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

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Atop the steep 124-step Aracoeli staircase, this 6th-century Romanesque church sits on the highest point of the Campidoglio. Its richly decorated interior…

5. Foro di Traiano

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Overshadowed by Trajan's towering administrative complex (the Mercati di Traiano), this was the last of the Imperial Forums to be built, dating to the…

6. Foro di Cesare

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Caesar's Forum sits at the foot of the Capitoline Hill, on the opposite side of Via dei Fori Imperiali to most of the other Imperial Forums. Caesar…

7. Palazzo Nuovo

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Flanking Piazza del Campidoglio, this 18th-century palazzo (mansion) houses part of the Capitoline Museums and its outstanding collection of classical…

8. Basilica Ulpia

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A series of grey granite columns is all that remains of the Basilica Ulpia, a vast 40m-high hall that once stood in Trajan's Forum. Built in the early 2nd…