The itineraries in Rome:
The monuments and historical places of interest near to Domus Napoleone.

An exclusive location in the heart of Rome for your stay. The B & B Domus Napoleone is near the Termini train station. From here you can reach all monuments and the most famous squares of the eternal city.

Santa Maria Maggiore, Esquilino District, Coliseum, Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.

From here you can easily get the following places of historical interest.

Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore

Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

Basilica di San Giovanni

Amphitheatre Coliseum


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Santa Maria Maggiore

Just a few meters far from our B & B, Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four Papal Basilicas of Rome.

Located on the top of Esquilino, it is the only one which retained the original Christian structure, although enriched by successive additions.

The Patriarchal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is a real jewel.

For nearly sixteen centuries it ruled the city of Rome: Marian temple and artistic cradle of civilization, it is a reference point for those who travel to the Eternal City from all over the world to experience its monumental size.

Not to miss: the mosaics of the central nave, the triumphal arch dating back to the fifth century AD and built during the pontificate of Sixtus III (432-440) and the apse whose execution was entrusted to the Franciscan friar Jacopo Torriti by order of Pope Nicholas IV (1288 to 1292);

the “cosmatesco” floor given by the Scotus Paparone Knights and son in 1288; the coffered ceiling in gilt wood designed by Giuliano San Gallo (1450); the Arnolfo di Cambio’s thirteenth century Nativity; several chapels (Borghese, Sistine Chapel, Sforza and Cesi, the Crucifix Chapel and the nearly disappeared Chapel of Saint Michael);

the altar by Ferdinando Fuga, enriched by the genius of Valadier; Finally, the relic of the Holy Crib and the Baptistery. Every column, every painting, every sculpture, every single piece of this Basilica resonates with history and religious beliefs.


Basilica di San Giovanni In Laterano

The Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano is located near the Mount Celio, 15 minutes’ walk far from our B & B.

In this area, once it stood a mansion owned by the aristocratic Lateran family. Their house stood near the Basilica, probably towards the current Via Amba Aradam, and covered the entire land area which includes the current basilica.

According to the Tacitus  “Annals” in 65 such houses and lands were confiscated by Emperor Nero, since consul Plauzio Lateran conspired against the emperor himself in the conspiracy called “Pisoni”. Once the conspiracy failed, Plautius was sentenced to death and dispossessed of his property, which passed to the Imperial Treasury.

The Basilica was consecrated in 324 by Pope Sylvester I, and dedicated to Salvatore. In the ninth century Sergio III dedicated it to St. John the Baptist, while in the twelfth century Lucio II added San Giovanni Evangelista.

From the fourth century until the end of the Avignon period (XIV c.), in which the papacy moved to Avignon, the Lateran was the only seat of the papacy. The Patriarchate, the former Papal seat, near to the Basilica was the residence of the popes during the Middle Ages. The Lateran was from this period until the fourteenth century the seat and symbol of the papacy and thus the heart of the life of the Church. There, five ecumenical councils were also hosted. The drawing of Primitiva Basilica of Constantine was very similar to the current one, with five aisles and the perimeter walls.

In the early fifth century, during the sack of Alaric the Visigoth in 410, the cathedral was stripped of precious canopy Constantine, now replaced by Sixtus III. In 455 the Vandals Genseric plundered the Church of all its treasures. In 1650 the total reorganization of the Basilica by Francesco Borromini that reconstructs the nave and aisles occurred.

The last major renovation took place in the nineteenth century. The first one occurred under Pius IX, who restored the tabernacle and confession; Then, the most eye-catching, under Leo XIII 1876-1886, which commissioned the architect Francesco Vespignani to break down and rebuild it backwards.

In the twentieth century under Pius XI occurred the restoration of cosmatesque floor, where were found the remains of equites singulares’ barracks.



Located in the heart of the archaeological city of Rome, the Flavian Amphitheatre, or more commonly known as Coliseum, stands for monumentality and receives a large number of visitors attracted by the unspoilt charm of its history and its complex architecture every day.
Built in the first century. C. by the will of the emperors of the Flavian dynasty, the Colosseum, so called by a colossal statue that once stood nearby, until the end of antiquity welcomed performances of great popular appeal, such as hunting and gladiator fights. The building was, and remains today, a show in itself, because it is the largest amphitheater in the world, offering amazing scenic equipment and services for spectators.
Capable of holding a number of spectators estimated between 50,000 and 75,000, it is the most important Roman amphitheater, and the most imposing monument of ancient Rome that has come down to us, known worldwide as a symbol of the city of Rome and one of the symbols of Italy.
Symbol of the glories of the empire, the amphitheater has changed over the centuries his own face and function, offering itself as a space structured but open to the Roman community. Today the Colosseum is a monument himself and to the works of human genius that outlive time. It is still, nevertheless, as a friendly and dynamic structure, open on two levels, offering a wide overview of the interior, but also short and evocative glimpses of the city from external arches. It also hosts temporary exhibitions linked to the timeless ancient themes and its relationship with the contemporary and modern performances. This led to the events and experiences made the amphitheater a new place every day, significant for all and capable of telling each a History.