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Trajanic-era remains were excavated at this park near the Colosseum, and while some of its treasures have been relocated, 16th-century fountains, a nymphaeum and an Egyptian-style obelisk still adorn the park’s grassy banks.



This 16th-century graveyard in Testaccio contains the graves of artists, diplomats and ideologist­s. It’s also the final resting place of Romantic poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Underneath its towering cypresses are marvels of masonry, including the Angel of Grief, carved by sculptor William Wetmore Story for his wife’s tomb. cemeteryro­


Found on the Aventine Hill’s eastern slope, this rose garden has long been of botanical importance. A temple dedicated to Flora, goddess of flowers and springtime, stood here in the third century BC; today, it’s abloom with more than 1,000 roses from around the world.

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