#01 The Pantheon
By far the most intact of Rome’s ancient monuments, and still sporting its second-largest dome.
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There’s nothing quite like thin, crispy-based Roman pizza, fresh from a wood-burning oven.
#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.
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.
#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.
#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.
If you can, catch a local Roma-Lazio derby at the Stadio Olimpico.
#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.
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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