Find 20 things to do in Rome from exploring museums and feasting on pizza to digging into catacombs, climbing domes and rambling round ruins. Take a look at the best things to do in Rome all year round. The information below is based on The Rough Guide to Italy, your travel guide for Italy.
The Pantheon is the most intact ancient monument in Rome and has the largest, unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Give this marvel the attention it deserves and book a private tour with expert guides. Use where to stay in Rome an area by area guide to find hotels near the Pantheon.
Rome's pizza is uniquely Roman and baked in a wood-burning oven. The base is thin, crispy and totally different from its Neapolitan counterpart. Take home a skill and learn how to make authentic Roman pizza in its home city.
Museo Nazionale Romano has several locations and between them they contain Rome's finest art collections. If you're short on time, visit Palazzo Altemps, then visit Palazzo Massimo and stay nearby at Gigli d'Oro Suite on Piazza Navona.
Galleria Borghese's beautiful 17th century villa is famous for its Bernini sculptures and incredible Renaissance art collection. This Roman icon is always busy, so skip the line and get your Galleria Borghese tickets in advance.
Most nights in Rome finish with an after-dinner gelato and passeggiata - evening stroll - around the city streets. Make like a local and take a nightly wander round Trastevere or, better still, stay in the area at Hotel Santa Maria.
Visit the Roman Forum and Palatine at the very heart of Rome. The ancient ruins may not resemble a mighty centre of power today, but they are still undeniably evocative, especially if you don't have to queue, so pick up a Best of Rome all-access pass.
Rome's rich history is also a reason the city is one of our magical places to visit with children before they grow up.
The Vatican may be the world's smallest country, but it's also the world’s largest museum complex. To see as much as possible book a small group tour. Or, if you're determined to go it alone, don't miss the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms.
Coming across sights as you wander around is a classic Rome experience. So don't go looking for the Trevi Fountain, just find it by accident. Alternatively, do the opposite and stay at Hotel Fontana right next to the legendary landmark.
It's often said that San Clemente epitomises Rome: an ancient temple, which sits under a slightly less ancient basilica and is topped by a faintly newer church. If you're tempted to go even deeper, discover the San Clemente catacombs.
Nero's Golden House was a remarkable find and its painstaking and meticulous restoration project is almost as incredible as the villa itself. Take a half day tour of Rome by car and catch Nero's work in progress and other unmissable city sights.
Piazza Navona is one of the most famous piazza in Rome. Built in 1AD as a stadium, it's best known today for a trio of fountains which includes Bernini's Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. If you want to stay nearby, book Hotel Teatro Pace.
The ancient Roman harbour city, Ostia Antica, is actually 26km west of Rome. This incredibly intact archaeological site was preserved in Tiber mud, so it's often compared to Pompei. If you want to know more, take a guided walking tour.
For an insight into the grandeur of Imperial Rome you have to see the magnificent 9BC Ara Pacis in the city's Museo dell'Ara Pacis. It's another antiquity which attracts crowds, so skip the line and book your Ara Pacis tickets in advance.
Football fans are in good company in Rome and the ultimate experience is the notoriously fierce Roma-Lazio Derby at Stadio Olimpico - the city's largest sports' stadium which holds a capacity crowd of 70,000.
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Head to Campo de' Fiori in the morning and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Rome’s oldest street market. Switch it round and visit at night, when the Campo becomes the hub of Roman nightlife. Or stay at Casa Fiori nearby and do both.
Leave plenty of time for the Capitoline. Both these museums are considered to be among the greatest in Rome and contain collections spanning antiquity to the Renaissance. Do them justice on a Full Roman Experience tour.
Green and beautiful Villa Borghese is the largest park in Rome and often described as the city's lungs. Visit for the galleries, Rome Zoo and the famously charming lake, or stay at Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese, right next door.
Rome’s best known monument, the mighty Colosseum is even more impressive in reality than in the millions of photographs taken of it every year. It's also incredibly popular, so avoid queues if you can and book tickets for the Colosseum in advance.
Perhaps not the loveliest church in Rome, immense St. Peter's Basilica is undoubtedly the most visited. You can see it from almost anywhere in the city, but if you want to explore from top to bottom, book a St Peter's Dome to Grottoes tour.
Rome's wildly beautiful non-Catholic cemetery in Testaccio claims to have the highest density of famous graves in the world. Both Keats and Shelly are buried here and unsurprisingly it's something of a place of pilgrimage.
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