World Heritage #0091 – Historic Centre of Rome

Last updated Apr 3, 2022 | Published on Aug 5, 1991Italy, Southern Europe, World Heritage Sites

All roads lead to the Historic Centre of Rome, they would say two thousand years ago. Today too, one might add.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Official facts

  • Official title: Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
  • Country: Italy, Holy See
  • Date of Inscription: 1987
  • Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 91:

“Founded, according to legend, by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome was first the centre of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and it became the capital of the Christian world in the 4th century. The World Heritage site, extended in 1990 to the walls of Urban VIII, includes some of the major monuments of antiquity such as the Forums, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, as well as the religious and public buildings of papal Rome.”

My visit

I have only been to Rome twice, but could easily return many times. The Eternal City has it all, be it for the historically interested (for reasons of which it is on this List), for the romantics, the gourmets, the art lovers, the architecturally interested and for lovers of good football. And so on. You should know that the Vatican City is also a World heritage site.

Read more about my visit in 1991 and from 2007. 

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