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Villa Farnesina

On the banks of the Tiber, this quiet Renaissance villa is home to some of the most splendid frescoes by Raffaello.

Built for the banker Agostino Chigi in the early 16th century, the grand internal galleries and rooms were painted by Raffaello and several other Renaissance masters, including Baldassare Peruzzi and Il Sodoma, between 1508 and 1519.

Raffaello's celebrated representation of Cupid and Psyche on the ground floor was done in 1517 for the wedding of Chigi to Francesca Ordeaschi.

Also on via della Lungara is the International House for Women (Casa Internazionale delle Donne, via della Lungara 19; +39 6 6840 1720), which has a women-only café and restaurant called Luna e l'altra (via San Francesco Di Sales 1/a; +39 6 6889 2465; closed Sunday).

Villa Farnesina is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, closed. Tickets: adults €5 (US$6.36); +39 6 6802 7397; Via della Lungara

Basilica of San Clemente

If you have time to visit just one church during your trip to Rome (there are more than 900 to choose from), then San Clemente should be it.

It's a few blocks from the Colosseum and makes other churches look like decorated cupcakes.

San Clemente is more akin to a gargantuan club sandwich, with layer upon layer of history spanning over 2,000 years.

At street level you can let your jaw drop at the mosaics of the Norman-era basilica.

Admission to the crypt leads into what remains of a 4th century basilica (the Normans built on top of it), but go down another level and in the foundations of the 13th century and the 4th century structures, there is a Mithraic (pagan) temple.

There are also the remains of a Roman-era house and a Roman street, where the gush of water from a stream can still be heard.

Via Labicana 95; +39 6 774 0021;

The Jewish Quarter

This historic quarter is centered on via del Portico d'Ottavia, the main street that runs from the Roman Theatre of Marcellus (Teatro Marcello) to via Arenula. It's a short walk from piazza Venezia, Campo de' Fiori and the island Tiberina.

A pleasant morning can be spent walking around here before hitting one of the many restaurants for a kosher lunch.

Giggetto (+39 6 6861 105; via del Portico d'Ottavia 21/A) is a well known place to try a Jewish artichoke (carciofo alla giudia), in season from January to April. There are also several small cafés selling bagels and other snacks.

Nearby is the Great Synagogue of Rome, built in 1904. With its art deco façade and distinctive square dome, it's also home to the Museo Ebraico di Roma (Jewish Museum of Rome), where you can arrange guided tours of the Jewish quarter in English.

Opening hours: September 16-June 15: Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 16-Sept 15: Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Closed Saturdays, Jewish holidays, January 1 and August 15;; +39 6 6840 0661; Lungotevere de' Cenci.

Other places of interest in the area include the wonderful turtle fountain in piazza Mattei. Bartaruga in the same piazza is a great place for an aperitivo. Around the corner, Acqua Madre is a spa where you can steam away the city grime (via di S Ambrogio 17; +39 6 686 4272).

The Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter

Basilica of San Clemente

Basilica of San Clemente

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

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