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Close to Rome

Hotel Villa Maria is the ideal place from which to start your tour of ancient Rome or the beautiful countryside around the city.
Setting out from the Baths of Caracalla, you can take the ancient Via Appia Antica stopping to visit the interesting church of “Domine quo vadis?” and the Catacombs of San Callisto where early Christians took refuge during periods of religious persecution.

Or you can tour the splendours of Imperial Rome, starting from the Campidoglio Piazza, designed by Michelangelo, then passing through Piazza Venezia and stopping to visit the Roman Forum, with its fascinating ruins of ancient Rome. Nearby is the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian amphitheatre.

Or you can admire the various periods of Rome’s history, both its glory and its decadence. Start from the Trevi fountain, a masterpiece of Baroque fantasy, and then move on to see the Pantheon, originally a pagan temple, and the marvellous Piazza Navona, built on the ruins of Domitian’s Circus.

Or you can to visit the monuments of Christian Rome through the ages. You can start from the Basilica of St Mary Major, built on the Esquiline Hill in 352 AD, followed by the Basilica of St John in Lateran, Rome’s cathedral and one of the major churches in Christendom, where you can stop to see the “Scala Santa”, the stairway where Christ walked (so the legend goes) when he was taken before Pontius Pilate. On the other side of the city, you pass by Castel Sant’Angelo, built on the emperor Hadrian’s mausoleum, to reach St Peter’s Basilica, the very cradle of Christianity.