Things to do

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#01 The Pantheon

By far the most intact of Rome’s ancient monuments, and still sporting its second-largest dome.

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#02 Pizza

There’s nothing quite like thin, crispy-based Roman pizza, fresh from a wood-burning oven.

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#03 Museo Nazionale Romano

Palazzo Altemps and Palazzo Massimo make up the greatest part of the Museo Nazionale Romano, and between them hold some of the city’s finest ancient finds.

#04 Galleria Borghese

A fantastic array of Bernini sculptures, together with superb collections of Renaissance paintings, in a beautifully restored seventeenth-century villa.

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#05 Gelato

The traditional – and best – way to finish off an evening out.

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#06 Roman Forum and Palatine

The heart of the ancient world is almost unrecognizable today, but no less evocative for that.

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#07 Vatican Museums

The world’s largest museum complex, jam-packed with treasures that include iconic parts of the building itself, like the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms.

#08 Trevi Fountain

Stumbling upon the Trevi Fountain by accident is one of the greatest of all Rome experiences.

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#09 Basilica of San Clemente

The epitome of Rome: an ancient temple under an ancient basilica topped by an ancient church.

#10 Domus Aurea

Take a tour of Nero’s fascinating Golden House, recently reopened after a lengthy restoration.

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#11 Piazza Navona

If Rome has a centre, this is probably it.

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#12 Ostia Antica

One of the best-preserved of all Italy’s ancient Roman sites, and within easy reach of the capital.

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#13 Ara Pacis

This ancient hunk of stone from the Augustan era gives perhaps the greatest glimpse of the Roman Imperial family.

#14 Football

If you can, catch a local Roma-Lazio derby at the Stadio Olimpico.

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#15 Campo de’ Fiori

The morning market here is one of Rome’s oldest, while in the evening the square’s bars and restaurants form one of the city centre’s main nightlife hubs.

#16 Capitoline Museums

In a city of great museums these two buildings, crammed full of Roman statuary and Renaissance paintings, are among the top-drawer attractions.

#17 Villa Borghese

The city centre’s largest open space has plenty to occupy you – superb galleries, a zoo and a boating lake.

#18 Colosseum

The most photographed of Rome’s monuments, and no wonder. In terms of size and ingenuity, it’s hard to beat.

#19 St Peter’s Basilica

Not the most beautiful church you’ll ever visit, but in terms of grandeur and significance, it may be the most impressive.

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#20 Protestant Cemetery

This evocatively overgrown corner of Testaccio is the final resting place of Keats and Shelley.

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