#01 The Pantheon

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

Things to do: Pantheon, Rome, Italy.© Pavel Ilyukhin/Shutterstock 

#02 Pizza

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

Italian Pizza, Rome© Fabiano's_Photo/Shutterstock

#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.

#03 Museo Nazionale Romano

#04 Galleria Borghese

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

Borghese gallery and museum, Rome, Italy.© bompbeard/Shutterstock

#05 Gelato

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

Things to do: Gelato ice cream in cone, Rome, Italy.© Irena Mila/Shutterstock 

#06 Roman Forum and Palatine

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

#06 Roman Forum and Palatine

#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.

#07 Vatican Museums

#08 Trevi Fountain

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

Fountain di Trevi, RomeFountain di Trevi, Rome ©  trabantos/Shutterstock

 

#09 Basilica of San Clemente

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

#09 Basilica of San Clemente

#10 Domus Aurea

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

Things to do: Domus Aurea, Rome, Italy.© Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock 

#11 Piazza Navona

If Rome has a centre, this is probably it.

Things to do: Navona Square, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.© Belenos/Shutterstock 

#12 Ostia Antica

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

Things to do in Rome and Lazio: Roman ruins in Ostia Antica, near Rome.© Cosmin Sava/Shutterstock

#13 Ara Pacis

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

#13 Ara Pacis

#14 Football

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

Things to do: Stadio dei Marmi, Foro Italico, with view of Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.© horseman82/Shutterstock

#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.

#15 Campo de’ Fiori

#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.

#16 Capitoline Museums

#17 Villa Borghese

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

#17 Villa Borghese

#18 Colosseum

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

#18 Colosseum

#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.

Things to do: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican, Rome, Italy.© Vladimir Sazonov/Shutterstock 

#20 Protestant Cemetery

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

Things to do: cemetery, Cimitero Acattolico, Rome, Italy.© Vinicio Tullio/Shutterstock 

 

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