Rome Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Rome

  • 1. Colosseum

    Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, this largest of Roman arenas was constructed between 70 and 80 AD on the former site of Nero's artificial lake. That very naughty emperor claimed as his...

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  • 2. Trevi Fountain

    This is truly an amazing, stunning fountain. Much of its greatness to me lies in how much it hits you and how powerful an impact it has upon seeing it for the first time, when one enters the piazza...

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  • 3. Castel Sant'Angelo

    As I notice it's becoming more and more popular to open an access to some sights at night, at least in summer time. And this is great experience! Firstly, there are less visitors. Secondly, night...

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  • 4. Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano

    The lower part of the Vittoriano monument with access by a stair case from Piazza Venezia is the "Altare della Patria" i.e. the grave of an unknown soldier from WW I. The body of the Unknown Soldier...

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  • 5. Piazza di Spagna - Spanish Steps

    Best known and overcrowded by tourists is the Scalinata della Trinata dei Monti starting at the piazza di Spagna. Twenty years ago I visited the steps in May, best time when there are azalea flowers...

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  • 6. Roman Forum

    Once the Roman center of religion, commerce and justice, the Forum is now a jumbled maze of tumbled columns, ruined foundations, and churches erected on pre-Christian temples. It is not an easy place...

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  • 7. Villa Borghese

    Art lovers, if you have time to visit only one museum, this is the one - especially if you’re allergic to crowds. Galleria Borghese’s 22 rooms display works by some of the Italy's greatest geniuses of...

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  • 8. Piazza Navona

    Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s great public spaces and one that people have been flocking to for nearly two millennia - although for different reasons. Emperor Domitian built his Circus Agonalis...

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  • 9. Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel

    Nothing quite prepares you for the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel. You may have heard a lot about it, read copious amount of literature on it, taken a virtual tour of this relatively small room...

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  • 10. Pantheon

    I have to say that after some time looking for the Pantheon (and just about when I was going to give up) I came upon it. It was quite unexpected and I have to say I found it to be impressive and well...

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  • 11. Campo dei Fiori

    This little Medieval courtyard of higglety-pigglety flats, cafes and inns was once a flower-sprigged meadow; the possible source of its name. Paved in the 1400’s, it became a lively meeting place and...

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  • 12. Campidoglio - Capitoline Hill

    The "Campidoglio" or Capitoline became my favourite piazza in Rome since the Piazza Navona became so touristy and commercial (see my tip). The arrival by the monumental staircase “Cordonata” drawn by...

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  • 13. Trastevere

    I recommend taking an afternoon and evening to cross the Tiber and wander the Tastavere. It is a wonderful area of Rome. ( some do not consider it to be part of Rome) There are romantic streets and...

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  • 14. Trajan & Imperial Forums

    Tourists who visited the Capitoline Hill or the Vittoriano monument have all seen that imposing semicircular construction in red brown bricks on the other side of the Via dei Fori Imperiale and on the...

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  • 15. Basilica di San Pietro - Saint Peter Basilica

    This is a monumental place worthy of a State, and it will take a good couple days to see it all in detail. We are not into long lines and there were, so I leave you with the outside square of St...

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  • 16. Santa Maria Maggiore

    The inside is much better than the outside! This was our third visit and we can confirm what I wrote a few years ago: The inside is much better than the outside ! Once my eyes got accustomed to the...

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  • 17. Palatine Hill

    Palatine Hill is another of Rome's fabled seven, the mythological site of Lupercal Cave where Romulus and Remus were said to have been raised by a she-wolf, and where some emperors and very wealthy...

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  • 18. Bocca della Verita

    The legend says (in www.italyguides.it): "This legend probably originates from Roman times. It is said that the rich wife of a Roman noble was accused of adultery. The woman denied the accusations,...

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  • 19. The Vatican

    When I visited the Vatican, we randomly chose one of the museums, the Pinacoteca, and were very happy with our choice. The collection consists of 460 paintings distributed over eighteen rooms...

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  • 20. Mamertine Prison & Caesar's Forum

    The best view on the Foro di Cesare is from the small garden on the left side of the Palazzo Senatorio on the Capitoline hill. This garden is above the Mamertine prison; the views to the right are...

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  • 21. St John Lateran

    The oldest of the four great Basilicas and also the cathedral of Rome went through a very hectic history since it was given to the Church (311) by Constantine the first Christian emperor. The not very...

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  • 22. Piazza del Popolo

    First laid out in 1538 this Piazza features a Obelisk brought to Rome by the Emperor Augustus and is flanked by the twins churches Chiesa de Santa Maria Del Miracoli and Chiesa de Santa Maria in...

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  • 23. Catacombs

    We visited the catacomb of San Callixtus whilst on a visit to Rome. Frankly, we had no choice because we were on a cruise ship tour. However, Princess Cruises chose well! These catacombs are part...

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  • 24. Roman Forum - Arch of Titus

    At the top of the Velia, in Via Sacra, we found the Arch of Titus which was built by the Senate after the Emperor's death. By this arch the Senate paid respect and honour to Emperor who conquested...

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  • 25. Arch of Constantine

    This arch is right next to the Colosseum, and commemorates Constantine I's 312 AD victory over his co-ruler, Maxentius, at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. Keep an eye out as you read through my pages as...

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Comments (2)

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    I like it, it looks really good although i have to agree with tvor about the 'Don't Do This'

    • Balam's Profile Photo
      Mar 20, 2013 at 5:58 AM

      'Be Aware! ' would be better I think

    • roamer61's Profile Photo
      Mar 20, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Yea, unlikely they would put it in print. But if they did, that's a good way to make some revenue.

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    I like this idea very much G. Excellent resource for someone traveling to Rome. I hope your plans for future guided tours works out! Thank you.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Mar 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Agree about the hard copy: very unlikely to make any money for VT, and that is what matters. Apps are a better option, I think. Also agree about a churches section, but I believe that aspect will be in the hands of the editors when this format goes live. I don't like 'Don't do this' Much better to use something like 'Warnings' or 'Watch out for....' (I don't like 'dangers', because generally they aren't dangerous at all). But I think it is essential that whatever title is chosen for e.g. the 'warnings and dangers' tip group should be the same in all travel guides. Having different titles at the whim of the editor/s doesn't make sense if the aim is ease of use.

    • Balam's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      I agree with Leics, there should be a Uniform layout with sub catogories up to editors, just how it used to be! i still think that Be Aware! is better than warnings or dangers but especialy not Dont do this!!

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