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Esquiline

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t The 18th-century exterior of Santa Maria Maggiore on the piazza of the same name

Experience Esquiline

The Esquiline is the largest and highest of Rome’s seven hills. In Imperial Rome the western slopes overlooking the Forum housed the crowded slums of the Suburra. On the eastern side there were a few villas belonging to wealthy citizens such as Maecenas, patron of the arts and adviser to Augustus. The essential character of the place has persisted through two millennia; it is still one of the poorer ...

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