Repubblica

As a gateway, Piazza della Repubblica was laid out to serve as a monumental foyer between the Termini rail station and the rest of the city. Climbing the stairs out of the Metro here feels like stepping into a tornado. The clanging of sirens and car horns, the squeal of brakes, and the roar of mopeds, not to mention the smell of the fast-food joints, may make you want to duck back underground and get out at another stop. But to do so would be to miss out on a district with an array of fascinating attractions, like the one right before you: the piazza's main landmark, the vast ruins of the Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian). They were subsequently transformed into a Renaissance monastery and then, by Michelangelo’s design, to the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. The streets here may not be conducive to wandering, but the ancient treasures at Palazzo Massimo delle Terme, Bernini's spectacular Capella Cornaro, and, farther afield, the modern Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (MACRO) will always be vying for your attention.

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MACRO

Formerly known as Rome's Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, and before that formerly known as the Peroni beer factory, this…

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Fontanone dell’Acqua Felice

When Pope Sixtus V (Felice Peretti) completed the restoration of the Acqua Felice toward the end of the 16th century,…

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Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Come here to get a real feel for ancient Roman art—the collection rivals even the Vatican's. The Museo Nazionale Romano,…

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