Santa Costanza

Nomentano is a district of Rome, comprising the entirety of Municipio III.

The San Lorenzo neighborhood is a student area south-east of Rome's main train station (Termini). It has a small street market (food, clothing), unpretentious cafés and is a major centre of Rome's night life.

Get in

The Nomentano area is easily reachable by bus from Termini Station (90) from Piazza Venezia or via Nazionale (60) or by Metro Line B (stops: Castro Pretorio, Policlinico, Piazza Bologna, Tiburtina).


Mosaic in Santa Costanza
  • Sant' Agnese fuori le Mura (Saint Agnes outside the walls, not to be confused with Sant' Agnese in Agone, to be found in Piazza Navona), Via Nomentana 349. 09.00-13.00 and 16.00-18.00. This church was built next to the mausoleum of Santa Costanza in the 7th Century and is on top of catacombs. It is very unusual in that the floor level is at the level of the catacomb floor, and the street entrance is at the level of the second floor gallery. The body of St. Agnes lies in a silver sarcophagus. There are several stories about her death at the age of 13 in 304 AD. One is that the prefect Sempronius wanted her to marry his son, and condemned her to death when she refused. Roman law did not permit the execution of virgins, so he ordered her to be raped but her virginity was miraculously preserved. She was then condemned to be burnt at the stake but the wood would not burn. Another is that she was stripped naked by the Emperor Diocletian because of her refusal to marry but that her hair then grew rapidly to preserve her modesty.
  • Catacombs of St Agnese (Sant'Agnese fuori le mura). 09.00-13.00 and 16.00-18.00 Closed 24 October to 21 November. Small catacombs that contained the remains of Saint Agnes €8, reductions €5.
Casina delle Civette in Villa Torlonia
  • Casino Nobile Museum, Via Nomentana 70 (in grounds of Villa Torlonia. Bus 36 from Termini station), e-mail: . 09.00-16.00 in winter and to 19.00 in summer. In the first half of the 18th Century the Torlonia family were leading collectors of works of art. This museum brings together some of their collection. You can also see the furniture used by Mussolini when he was in residence, as well as photos and films of him in the grounds of the Villa. €6.50 for the two museums in Villa Torlonia.
  • Casina delle Civette, Via Nomentana 70 (in grounds of Villa Torlonia. Bus 36 from Termini station), e-mail: . 09.00-16.00 in winter and to 19.00 in summer. This strange-looking, but delightful, building has undergone several transformations since its original construction as a rustic hideaway from the main villa in the park. It underwent a significant redesign in the early 1900s and again in 1917. The emphasis of the museum is on stained glass. The twenty rooms include 54 pieces of stained glass replaced, after restoration, in their original positions, 18 pieces of stained glass acquired and displayed on separate frames, and 105 sketches and preparatory cartoons for stained glass in churches in Rome. €6.50 together with Casino Nobile.
Porta Maggiore with Baker's tomb in foreground








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Routes through Nomentano

South Rome Modern Center  SW  NE  North Rome END
Merges into Line B  SW  NE  North Center North Rome
Fiumicino Airport Aventino-Testaccio  SW  NE  North Center Orte
END  W  E  North Rome Tivoli

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