Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide

Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide

Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide

Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide


This superb guide brings the work of Filippo Coarelli, one of the most widely published and well-known scholars of Roman topography, archeology and art, to a broad English-language audience. Conveniently organized by walking tours and illustrated throughout with clear maps, drawings, and plans, Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide covers all of the major, and an unparalleled number of minor, ancient sites in the city, and, unlike most other guides of Rome, includes major and many minor sites within easy reach of the city, such as Ostia Antica, Palestrina, Tivoli, and the many areas of interest along the ancient Roman roads. An essential resource for tourists interested in a deeper understanding of Rome's classical remains, it is also the ideal book for students and scholars approaching the ancient history of one of the world's most fascinating cities.

• Covers all the major sites including the Capitoline, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora, the Palatine Hill, the Valley of the Colosseum, the Esquiline, the Caelian, the Quirinal, and the Campus Martius.
• Discusses important clusters of sites-one on the area surrounding Circus Maximus and the other in the vicinity of the Trastevere, including the Aventine and the Vatican.
• Covers the history and development of the city walls and aqueducts.
• Follows major highways leading outside of the city to important and fascinating sites in the periphery of Rome.
• Features 189 maps, drawings, and diagrams, and an appendix on building materials and techniques.
• Includes an updated and expanded bibliography for students and scholars of Ancient Rome.


In the late 1980s, when the Department of Classics at the University of Washington began its Seminar in Rome, we found that the only book that presented a complete guide of the city and could serve as a teaching text on Roman topography was Filippo Coarelli’s magisterial Roma. The guide not only discussed the major monuments but also offered remarkable detail about the archaeological, architectural, political, religious, and cultural history in a section-by-section survey of the city, including countless minor monuments that lie in basements, under churches, along the side of hard-to-find alleys, or wherever antiquities might lurk in the Eternal City.

The various editions of Coarelli’s Roma provide tourists, teachers, and students with critical information about the marvels of the Colosseum and Pantheon, while also leading them confidently to such unforgettable remains as the one visible fragment of the Temple of Matidia, the Emperor Hadrian’s mother-in-law, that sits inconspicuously in the Vicolo della Spada d’Orlando. On more than a few occasions, when we asked doormen if we could visit archaeological remains in their buildings, they would exclaim, “How did you know it was here? So many who pass by are completely unaware of its existence!” The problem for most people, however, has been the need to read Italian to benefit from the treasures that Roma has to offer.

In our initial conversations with Professor Coarelli, during which we worked out plans to develop an English version of his text, he suggested that we expand its scope and include sections of his Italia Centrale and Dintorni di Roma. Thus, what you have before you is a thoroughly engaging archaeological guide not only of the city of Rome but also of much of its environs, including the important and much-visited sites of Ostia Antica, Hadrian’s Villa, Palestrina, the Catacombs, and . . .

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