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Mentioned in the world’s most iconic places, Rome is an epitome of beauty and history. Apart from being the capital city of Italy, the city also remains as a memorial to the creative imagination of architecture. Due to the 3000 year old ad hoc urban development, the historic centre of Rome is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Situated on the central portion of the Italian peninsula, on the Tiber River about 24 km from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Rome is made up of warm colours and historic architectural styles.

The beauty of this place resides significantly in the churches. There are approximately nine hundred churches, from the Paleochristian and Medieval period to the Gothic, from the Renaissance to the Baroque up until the Modern. Or, you can admire Rome’s beauty during the sunrise and the sunset. The colours become warmer and the city lights start to shine. A city filled with icons of antiquity and the Christian faith, it’s hard to know where to go first. Rome is divided into several districts with its centre, the Colosseo district, including the most ancient attractions like the Colosseum, Capitoline Hill, and the Roman Forum.

On the outskirts of the centre is Old Rome, featuring the Pantheon, majestic cathedrals, plazas, and Renaissance architecture. There are plenty of activities to do in Rome. For unique cultural experiences, you can visit the Trevi fountain and follow their tradition by tossing a coin into it. Or, you can shop for handicrafts and haute couture from the local market. Also, if you are an art fanatic, you can visit archaeological sites, Baroque churches, villas-turned-museums, for a wonderful experience. Moreover, you can hike up Mount Vesuvius and explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii.

Rome has a Mediterranean climate. Temperatures can stay around 30 degrees in the daytime, but the nights are usually cooler and more comfortable.  In the spring season, Rome has warm weather and summers can be hot and humid. Temperatures in July and August can easily exceed 32 degrees Celsius. Additionally, winter is a really good time to visit. If you want to save money on accommodation, and site tourist attractions without the long lines then plan your vacation in winter.

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  1. What are some of the best things to do in Rome?

    1. Taste the Gelato at Giolitti
    Best-known as Rome's oldest ice cream parlor, Giolitti's ice cream is famed across the world. Serving hungry customers since the 1900’s, Giolitti’s gelato is favoured by both locals and tourists. Try the bests, from cones, to ice cream cakes to sundaes- this parlor has it all. Apart from its delectable cold items, Giolitti is also known for its confectionary products such as pastries or cassatas that you can gobble down. 

    Location: Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: Open between 07.00AM-01.00AM on all days of the week.

    2. Explore Modern Art in MAXXI
    Despite the high historical value of the places here, Rome also pays tribute to its contemporary wonders. MAXXI, also known as the National Museum of the 21st century Arts, is a museum of modern art and architecture.

    Explore the architectural history of the city as you walk along the displays of unique structures, documents and photographs taken and designed by renowned architects and photographers such as Carlo Scarpa, Pier Luigi Nervi, Enrico Del Debbio and Olivo Barberi.

    Do not, however, miss out on the separate section on art, which features paintings, sculptures, video arts, produced between the 1960’s and 2000, by Italian and foreign artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Francesco Clemente, William Kentridge, and Mario Merz.

    Location: Via Guido Reni, 4, 00196 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: The Museum remains closed on Mondays. It remains open between 11.00AM-07.00PM on all days of the week.
    Entry fee: 12 euros.

    3. Take a day trip to the nearby beaches
    Although Rome isn’t exactly on the seaside, one doesn’t have to travel too far to visit some of the best nearby beaches. If you want to escape the bustle of the capital, you can take a short drive to the nearby cities of Santa Marinella, Fregene, and Cerveteri, and spend a morning picnicking on the white sands there.

    Best time to visit: Between April to May, or September to November.

    4. Take a Vespa tour around the city
    Among the many tours available in Rome, one of the most popular is the Scooterama’s scooter tour of the city. The tour takes you across some of the most popular destinations in Rome. There are multiple packages offered by the company, such as the classic tour, the cinema lovers’ tour or the street art tour. Scooterama also provides customized tour packages, catering to your tastes or time frame.

    Location: Vicolo dei Soldati, 34, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: 10.00AM-07.00PM on all days of the week.
    Price: Depends on the tour availed.

    5. Explore the Hidden treasures of the city with Imago Artis
    Rome is a city known for its artistic and historical splendor. With Imago Artis tours, one can dig deeper than just the surface of its wonders, and explore the hidden beauty of these monumental places.  The tour provides access to places that are generally off-limits for the public, such as the basements of ancient noble houses, a museum of ancient ruins and the gardens of the Knight of Malta. So, if a private exploration of the city’s hidden gems sounds fun then do opt for the tour. 

    Location: Via Paolo Emilio, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: 08.30AM-08.30PM on all days of the week. 
    Cost: Depends on the tour availed. 

    6. Explore the Cinematic History of Rome
    Home to the Italian Neorealist movement in cinema, the streets of Rome are teeming with the cinematic spirit. The best way to experience the cinematic legacy of Rome is to walk the cobblestoned Via Margutta on foot. The Via Margutta was home to the renowned Italian director, Frederico Fellini, who had spent most of his life here.

    This picturesque little place was also featured in Gregory Peck’s Roman Holiday. Walking a little further down, one would come across the Piazza di Spagna, which were featured in films like The Talented Mr. Ripley and Roman Holiday.

    Best time to visit: The Via Margutta can be visited throughout the year.

    7. Witness ancient sculptures in a former power plant
    Rejecting the traditional design of an art museum, the Museum of Centrale Montemartini presents its wonderfully crafted sculptures against the backdrop of machines. Take a stroll through the marble-clad floors as you explore the Museum’s  magnificent collection of a number of Greek and Roman statues, busts and friezes. Among its most popular exhibits include the bust of the Hera Borghese, and the sculpture of Orpheus with his animals.

    Location: Via Ostiense, 106, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: The Museum remains closed on Mondays. It remains open between 09.00AM-07.00PM on all days of the week.
    Entry Fee:
    Entry is free for everyone on the first Sunday of each month.
    - General Entry fee: 17 euros.
    - For locals: 16 euros.

    8. Visit the Cat Sanctuary at the spot of Caesar’s murder 
    Rome’s Largo di Torre Argentina is known for hosting the historical murder of Julius Cease in the Ides of March. Owing to its cultural significance, the site has been sealed and kept-off limits for the general public. However, for some years now, the area has been home to a colony of felines.

    The southwest corner of the Largo di Torre has now been converted to a sanctuary for the strays of Rome, who are fed, cared for and then eventually given up for adoption from here. The plaza houses nearly 150 strays at the moment and all the animal lovers must add this to their Rome itinerary.

    Location: Central Rome, Largo di Torre Argentina, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    Best time to visit: The Cat Sanctuary can be visited throughout the year.

    9. Take a stroll along the Appian Antica
    Widely considered to be the most important road in Rome, the Appian Way or the Appian Antica, is often referred to as the Queen of Roads. Constructed as early as 312 BC, it connected Ancient Rome to the rest of Italy, and was a vitally important network for trade and transportation.

    Now, the Appian Antica is a beautiful promenade surrounded by greenery. As you walk along the scenic road, explore the history of its making through the wonderful sculptures that dot its sides, such as the Catacombs of St Sebastian, the Vigna Randanini, Jewish catacombs, the Circus of Maxentius or the Tomb of Caecilia Metella.

    Location: Roman Forum, Rome to Brindisi

    10. Discover the secret escape route for Popes 
    Housed in the city of Borgo, the Passetto di Borgo is a secret escape passage linking the Vatican City to Castel Sant’Angelo. The route served as an escape route for several Popes in the past. As you make your way through the narrow halls, discover the secret of the passage used by Pope Alexander to escape the Roman Invasion in 1494.

    Location: Viale Giuseppe Ceccarelli, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: The passage is only open during the summer, at the time when the event of Notti d’Estate a Castel Sant’Angelo is held, which is between July to September.
  2. What is the best places to visit in Rome?

    1. The Colosseum
    The Colosseum is by far the most popular place to visit in Rome. Once an amphitheater, the mammoth structure is known to have hosted gladiatorial battles, animal fights, executions and dramas. Although now in ruins, the historical amphitheater stands proudly in the heart of the city as a symbol of its Imperial Past.

    It is now considered to be one of the seven new wonders of the world, and is the one of the most popular tourist destinations across the globe.

    Location:  Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: The Colosseum generally opens at 08.30AM. During winters, it closes at 05.00PM, and during the rest of the year, at 07.00PM. 
    Entry Fee: Tickets start from 9 euros. Visitors under the age of 18 get a free ticket against proper age proof.

    2. The Roman Forum
    Located at the very centre of the Rome city, the Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza surrounded by several ancient government buildings on all sides. Now in ruins, the forum was once a place of utmost political importance, with several events such as criminal trials, public executions, elections and gladiatorial matches held here.

    The earliest shrines and temples of the Roman Kingdom were also built around the forum. Surviving structures around here include the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Septimius Severus, Tabularium, the Germanium Stairs and Temple of Caesar, among others.

    Location: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: 08.30AM-07.00PM on all days of the week. It remains closed only on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
    Entry Fee: Starting from 12 euros.

    3. The Pantheon
    Once a Roman temple, the Pantheon in Rome City is one of its most important Catholic Churches in the present day. The remarkable splendour of the Pantheon derives from its architectural styles, going back to the academic realist form of art it comprises a series of perfectly symmetrical pillars.

    Each pillar supports an identical arch, which gives way to a dome on the top. Moreover, the church is also home to a number of tombs of famous Roman personalities, including that of the painter Raphael’s. The primary source of light in the Pantheon is the natural atmospheric light, making it one of the most intriguing structures of the city.

    Location: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings:
    - Monday – Saturday: 8:30am – 7:30pm 
    - Sunday: 9am – 6pm
    Entry Fee: No entry fee required.

    4. The Catacombs of Rome
    The catacombs of Rome are ancient Christian burial spots built under the ground. There are about forty catacombs around Rome, among them are Generosa, Commodilla, Domitilla, Priscilla and San Lorenzo being a few. An untarnished storehouse of art, these burial grounds are home to some of the most stunning examples of ancient paintings, frescoes and sculptures, dating back to around 400 AD.

    The paintings found here generally derive from Biblical stories and Christian myths, such as the nativity of Christ or the Fall of Adam.

    Location: Multiple Locations, such as the Appia Antica, the Via Labicana, Via delle Sette Chiese.
    Timings: Each catacomb has different timings for visit; generally open between 12 noon and 05.00PM
    Entry Fee: Generally starting from 8 euros.

    5. The Trevi Fountain
    Known across the world for its architectural beauty, the Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city of Rome. The construction of Trevi was initially begun by Italian designer Nicola Salvi, and later completed by Giuseppe Pannini and others.

    One of the things people do is throw coins into the fountain as it is considered to be lucky. The tradition is to turn one’s back to the fountain and throw with one’s right hand over their left shoulder. Around 3,000 euros are collected in the fountain each day, which are then used to subsidize the markets for Rome’s needy.

    Location: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: Open 24 hours.
    Entry Fee: No entry fee.

    6. The Palatine Hill
    Central among the seven hills of Rome, Palatine is often regarded as the nucleus of the erstwhile Roman Empire. The Palatine hill is home to a number of heritage monuments built during the days of the ancient empire.

    These include the Palace of Domitian, which dominates most of the Hill, along with the Houses of Livia and Augustus, the Temple of Cybele, the Temple of Apollo Palatinus and the House of Tiberius. Visit the place to get some insight into one of the most influential ancient kingdoms.

    Location: Via di San Gregorio, 30
    Timings: 08.30PM-07.00PM on all days of the week.
    Entry Fee: Starting from 12 euros. 

    7. The Borghese Museum and Gallery
    Established in 1902, the Borghese Museum in Rome is an art gallery with a considerable collection of Borghese sculptures, paintings and antiquities. The Gallery consists of twenty-one rooms sprawling across two floors. The ceiling of each floor is elaborately frescoed, some of them are, the one depicting the Fall of the Phaeton and the other done with ‘trompe l’oeil’, or optical illusions.

    The Borghese Museum is also home to a number of classical sculptures, especially those made by Bernini.

    Location: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: The Museum remains closed on Mondays. It remains open between 08.30AM-07.30PM on Tuesdays through Sundays.
    Entry Fee: Tickets start from 20 euros. Entrance is free for students below the age of 18, against proper proof of age.

    8. The Piazza Navona
    Built on the site of the now gone Stadium of Domitian, the Piazza Navona is an open plaza in the heart of Rome. The Piazza is an important centre of Baroque art, and houses a number of significant sculptural creations, such as the s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers, built by the renowned Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the year 1651.

    It also houses the Church of Sant’Agnese, and two other fountains known as the Fontana del Moro, and the Fountain of Neptune.

    Location: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
    Timings: Open 24 hours.
    Entry Fee: No entry fee required.
  3. Do you need a visa to go to Rome?

    Beyond 90 days, every foreigner entering Italy will require a tourist or business Visa for stay. Citizens of Australia, the European Union, New Zealand, USA and select few Asian and African countries do not require a Visa up to 90 days of stay. Apart from these countries, all other people will require a valid tourist Visa for entering Italy. Indian travelers will require a Visa for going to Rome.
  4. What is the best time to visit Rome?

    If you are watching out for the best time to come to Rome, you can plan to visit in the middle of May and mid – September. You can plan for Rome Tours this time for the best ever experience. 

    Summer Season: The summer season extends from June to October. The summers are hot and humid and the temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees Celsius. It is mainly the time for the celebration of festivals in Rome. 

    Autumn Season: Rome experiences the Autumn season from the middle of October to the end of November. The temperature starts getting mild and it’s time for leaves to change colors. 

    Winter Season: Winter is the worst time in Rome. It is mainly the time when the whole of Rome decides to hibernate. The temperature may fall below 3 degrees Celsius.
  5. How much is Italy's visa fee?

    For Indian travelers, the charge for the tourist visa to Italy would be around Rs. 8,400. For US citizens, the cost would be $90, while for travelers from the EU nations, the cost would be somewhere around 80 euros. Also, you can get a lot of detailed information on the official websites.
  6. How much does it cost to tour Rome?

    The average cost for travelling to Rome would be:
    For solo travelers: $1,121
    For couples: $2,013
    For a family of 4: $3,774
    Prices may vary according to the choice of accommodation or travel.
  7. Why is Rome famous?

    Rome is a city built on layers. The city is like an open museum. You will experience the breadth of its history at every turn. Filled with remnants of 2,000-year-old temples, piazzas, and cobblestones, the ruins are incorporated into modern structures. It is one of the world’s most powerful ancient empires.

    Rome is known for its ancient ruins, architectural prowess, Roman cuisine, and diverse quartieri. A visit to Rome brings you close with monuments and constructions that influenced building practices and architectural styles. This place has been mentioned worldwide and holds a special involvement in author Dan Brown’s books too.
  8. When is the best time to visit Rome?

    Winter is a really good time to visit if you want to save money on accommodation, and site tourist attractions without the long lines. Rome has a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and hot, humid summers. There’s no “bad” time to visit Rome. But no matter what, before you plan your vacation, you should consider some factors, including crowds, weather, special events, and budget.

    In the spring season, Rome has warm weather. Also, it is a popular tourist season. But summers can be hot and humid. Temperatures in July and August can easily exceed 32 degrees Celsius. Also, Rome experiences heaviest tourist traffic at this time. You can enjoy the city at a leisurely pace. While in winters you might have to pack a heavy jacket with you, as you’ll observe mild weather from December to February.
  9. Is Rome safe?

    Rome is one of the safest places in the world. Italy was ranked 34th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest countries. Rome is also safer for women travellers. Although, you have to be cautious about the pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Remember the Italian emergency numbers and be aware of your surroundings.
  10. How to reach Rome from India?

    Several airlines connect India to Rome – Air India, Air France, British Airways, and Lufthansa. Select any of the airlines based on your budget, plan, and convenience. From the airport, you can get a bus or taxi. Buses are more comfortable and cheaper. Or, you can take the Leonardo Express train to reach the main city from the airport.

    The main airport is Leonardo da Vinci in Fiumicino, about 30 km southwest of the city. Or, Ciampino airport where you can find most domestic and some international flights. It lies about 15 km southeast of the city.
  11. What are the best things to do in Rome?

    1. Visit the Colosseum
    Built between 70 to 80 AD, the Colosseum is one of the landmark buildings in Rome and therefore a visit to the place is always a fun thing to do in Rome. The oval amphitheatre is built using limestone, rock and concrete and at one time, it could hold around 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.
    You can easily spend a few hours at the colosseum, looking at the various displays that depict the history of the place.

    Location: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    2. Stroll through ancient ruins at the Roman Forum
    A stroll through the Roman Forum, which is actually a rectangular plaza will surely take you back to the time when Rome was the greatest city in the world. You can walk around and see the ruins of several important governmental buildings of the past.
    Reading the plaques and maps provided is a great way of getting acquainted with the rich history of the place and one of the best activities to do in Rome.

    Location: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    3. Catch a glimpse of St. Peter’s Square
    St. Peter’s Square is a large plaza which is located directly in front of the famous St. Peter’s Basilica of Vatican City. It is marked by a tall obelisk in the centre of the open space which dates back to 1586. Walking around as you take pictures of the surroundings is one of the best free things to do in Rome.

    Location: Piazza San Pietro Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    4. Gaze at the architectural marvel of the Pantheon
    Once a Roman temple belonging to all the gods, today the Pantheon is a church visited by thousands of tourists every year. The inside structure can be best described as an enormous dome with a circular opening or oculus at the top.
    You can spend your time marvelling at the ingenious architecture and artistic beauty of the place. It is a place that you will find at the top of every ‘Free things to do in Rome’ list.

    Location: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    5. Learn about the Sistine Chapel
    Perhaps one of the most sacred places for Christians, the Sistine Chapel is the official residence of the pope and this is not the only reason why visiting the chapel is one of the most prominent things to do in Rome.
    Once at the chapel, you can spend your time admiring the architectural prowess of ancient Romans along with being fascinated by one of the world’s most beautiful ceilings. Amongst several others, it is home to Michaelangelo’s renowned works like ‘The Creation of Adam.’

    Location: 00120 Vatican City

    6. Visit Baroque Rome at the Piazza Navona
    Also known as the Circus Agonalis, the Piazza Navona has been built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, which was built in the 1st century AD. It is the perfect place to experience the Baroque or the highly extravagant architectural style of the ancient Romans.
    Here, you can spot the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, the Pamphili palace, etc.

    Location: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    7. Stroll across the Ponte Sant'Angelo Bridge
    A fun activity to do in Rome is to walk on the solely pedestrian bridge of Saint Angelo which sits beautifully atop the Tiber river. Dating back to 134 AD, it was constructed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian and portrays traditional Roman architecture. The five arches and masterfully sculpted statues of angels on the bridge make it a photographers’ haven.

    Location: Ponte Sant'Angelo, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    8. Enjoy the fantastic view from Palatine Hill
    Palatine Hill is one of the most ancient parts of the city and is also referred to as the ‘first nucleus of the Roman Empire.’ You can spend your day climbing the 40 metres high hillock and soaking in the amazing scenery. On one side, you will be able to enjoy the views of the Roman Forum and on the other, you can see the Circus Maximus.

    Location: 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

    9. See Baroque art at Galleria Borghese
    Galleria Borghese is a famous art gallery of Rome where you can see a plethora of Baroque art displayed in all its glory. Today’s art museum was once a private villa known by the name of Villa Borghese Pinciana and had attached gardens which have now been converted into a separate tourist attraction.
    If you are an art enthusiast, the gallery must be on your list of activities to do in Rome as it houses famous paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titan, etc. along with sculptures and antiques.

    Location: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

    10. Enjoy a Pizza at Giulietta
    You can stop at the Giulietta to taste probably the best pizza Rome has to offer. The modern settings with traditional Italian pizza at the heart make a trip to this pizzeria simply unforgettable.

    Location: Piazza Dell'Emporio, 28, 00153 Rome, Italy

  12. What country is Rome in?

    Rome is the capital city of the country of Italy. Italy is a European country situated at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Rome is managed by the government of Italy and considered as one of the most important cities in the country. Also, it is the seat of the national government.
  13. Is English spoken in Rome?

    Many people speak English in Rome but some people usually prefer talking in Italian. English is not widely spoken in Italy. You can use an Italian phrasebook to ask touristy questions. Romans will appreciate your basic effort with some Italian words and phrases.
  14. Is Rome safe to walk at night?

    Rome is a safe city and it’s not dangerous to walk around even if it’s dark. Strolling during the night will give you a pleasant and unforgettable time. Carry a limited amount of money and be cautious about your personal belongings. Take the basic precautions and avoid going to secluded areas.
  15. Is Rome a romantic place?

    The head-turning looks of Rome’s unique architectural style attracts many newlywed couples. This Italian city will offer some romantic experiences too. You can head to The Library for a cosy candlelit dinner. On your Italian voyage, enjoy a sunset tour in a golf cart or a romantic stroll in Villa Borghese garden.
  16. Is Rome a good honeymoon destination?

    Tucked amidst the ancient beauties, Rome does justice to the word ‘romantic getaway’.  Stay at San Giovanni that holds the best sight of local Rome. Or, stargaze with your better half as you take a romantic stroll in the city. You can also plan a candlelit dinner and savour the Italian flavours of the city.
  17. What is the best public transport to commute around Rome?

    Rome ATAC is the official metro system for the city of Rome. Their service includes travelling by subway, bus, streetcar, and commuter train. The subway doesn’t run through much of Rome’s historic centre but buses and smaller electric buses are the practical options. Several bus lines stretch across the city.
  18. How many days do you need in Rome?

    Embark on a tour of Rome for 5 days and 4 nights. To take a closer look at the secrets of Rome, you would need to plan for this much time. Or, if you are planning to visit just the main sights like Colosseum and Vatican museums, then two days will be sufficient.
  19. What is the best area to stay in Rome?

    1. Aventine Hill –
    If you are looking for a romantic getaway, then you should choose this place. With a loft hilltop location, the Aventine is a phenomenal area for couples.

    2. Trastevere –
    Trastevere is the liveliest district of Rome. Its colourful lanes are filled with bars and cafes, and crowds of locals and tourists.

    3. San Giovanni –
    For witnessing the authentic local vibe of Rome, San Giovanni would be a perfect choice. It consists of shops, neighbourhood markets, and popular eateries.

    4. Testaccio –
    Testaccio is known for its authentic food choices. You will find some trattorias, pizzerias, and Michelin-starred restaurants. It is also famous for its Jewish cooking.
  20. Which are the famous buildings in Rome?

    1. St Peter’s Basilica
    Built above the burial site of Peter the Apostle, the St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in the world. Built in a Renaissance style of architecture, the Basilica was designed by renowned painters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderno. St. Peter’s is also home to a number of sculptures, artworks and statues, which have earned their rightful place in the history of Roman art.

    Location: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    2. The Sistine Chapel
    Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the Sistine Chapel in Rome is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. The Chapel is a storehouse of Renaissance art, containing works designed by some of the best-known painters of that era. Also, the painting on the ceiling of the Chapel, done by Michelangelo, along with his fresco of The Last Judgement, are regarded as the greatest artistic achievement in human history. 

    Location: 00120 Vatican City

    3. Pyramid of Cestius
    Standing out against the ancient Roman architecture is the Pyramid of Cestius. Cestius was a magistrate living in Rome during 15BC.  The pyramid  resembles the Egyptian pyramids built along the line, and is one of the best preserved buildings in Rome.

    Location: Via Raffaele Persichetti, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

    4. Teatro Marcello
    The Teatro Marcello in Rome was the structure that served as an initial inspiration for the construction of the Colosseum. Built during the reign of King Augustus, the Teatro Marcello was an open-air theatre that could accommodate around 20,000 spectators at a time. With its many columns and arches, the theatre is a fine display of the existing architectural styles of its times.

    Location: 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  21. Which are the famous Museums & Galleries in Rome?

    1. Museum of the Ara Pacis
    Rome’s Museum of Ara Pacis is famed for housing the renowned Ara Pacis, or the Altar of Peace. Built in the year 13 BC, the monument was commissioned to honour the return of King Augustus to Rome. A fine example of Roman architecture, the Altar of Peace is covered in friezes depicting figures, processions and battles during the history of Rome.

    Location: Via di Ripetta, 190/180, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    2. National Museum of Rome
    The National Museum of Rome encompasses a number of buildings spread across the city. The Museum’s exhibits focus mainly on archaeological findings from the ancient eras. The Museum consists of four main buildings: the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, which prides in its collection of frescoes; the Palazzo Altemps, known for its Greek and Roman sculptures; the Crypta Balbi, with its excavated crypt sites; and the Baths of Diocletian which consists of a bath complex with mosaics and sculptures.

    3. Palazzo Barberini
    A 17th century Palace in the heart of Rome, the Palazzo Barberini houses the biggest collection of old paintings in the city. A fine example of Baroque art, the Museum is home to works by renowned painters such as Carvaggio, as well as a number of frescoes and elaborate sculptures.

    Location:  Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    4. Villa Farnesina
    The Villa Farnesina is a suburban, Renaissance style villa in the Trastevere district of Rome. The Villa’s remarkable décor consists of elaborately styled frescoes designed by Raphael. The first floor houses Raphael’s best known fresco, the Sala di Galatea. The Villa also contains a number of other frescoes that operate as optical illusions.

    Location: Via della Lungara, 230, 00165 Roma RM, Italy
  22. What are the free things to do in Rome?

    1. Scale the Spanish Steps
    The famous Spanish steps of Rome are a series of 135 stairs leading up to the Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti. While it is no longer allowed to sit on the steps, one can easily scale them to reach the Chiesa della and peek into its fantastic open exhibits of paintings, frescoes, wall arts and astrolabes.

    2. Visit the Museo Storico della Liberazione
    Built on a former SS Headquarters, the Museum of the Liberation of Rome contains relics from a Nazi-occupied Rome, and details the history of the city under the fascist regime. With its fantastic collection of historical items, the Museum is one of the best free places to visit in Rome. The Museum houses posters, pictures and drawings from the era, as well as testimonials left behind by Jewish victims as well as tributes to them.

    3. Visit the Chiesa di Santa Prassede
    The Chiesa di Santa Prassede is one of the minor Catholic churches in Rome, and requires no entry fee. The Church is known for its Byzantine mosaic paintings, and happens to house a segment of the Pillar of Flogging, upon which Christ had been crucified.

    4. Circo Massimo
    Known for hosting chariot races in the days of the ancient Empire, the Circo Massimo is now visited by Romans and tourists for a stroll or a jog. The open grounds, covering several yards of dusty grass, is an ideal spot for enjoying an evening or morning walk.
  23. What are the offbeat things to do in Rome?

    1. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
    If you do not like cliches and are wondering what to do in Rome, then you can start with making a wish by throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Although this masterpiece of a fountain is usually crowded, you can visit it later into the night or early in the morning to have it practically to yourself. 

    Location: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    2. Climb the Cupola of the Basilica di San Pietro in Vatican City
    When in Rome, you can go off the beaten path and enjoy staggering views of the ancient city by climbing the steps to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. You can choose to climb all the 551 steps or use the lifts provided. 
    The 360-degree view from the top includes the entire St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Gardens and if you want to grab a quick bite, you can descend a few steps and reach the terrace where there are a cafe, toilets and a souvenir shop.

    Location: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    3. Pose for a photo at the Spanish Steps
    The historic stairway known as the Spanish Steps was built between 1723 to 1725 to cover the steep incline between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti at the top. The 135, wide steps offer the perfect opportunity to stop for a picture or munch on your sandwich as you soak in the thoroughfare. 

    Location: Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    4. Go for lunch at La Ciambella
    If you are anywhere around the Pantheon and looking for offbeat things to do in Rome, then this is the place to be. Everything from its food and the interesting location, as it is situated atop the ruins of the Terme di Agrippa makes it a must-visit. The best part is that you will get the best prices without the hordes of tourists. 

    Location: Via dell'Arco della Ciambella, 20, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    5. Visit the morning market at Campo de’ Fiori
    Campo de’ Firoi translates into a ‘field of flowers’ and the morning market at the place is one of the oldest and most loved markets in Italy. Almost every day of the week, you will find it packed with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and baked goods amongst other things. 
    You can stroll across the market early in the morning, before the crowds descend, and indulge in some shopping! 

    Location: Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    6. Go for a street art tour in Rome
    If you want to tour Rome as the locals do, then a street tour around the city is an excellent option for offbeat things to do in Rome. You can choose to roam around some of the most iconic post-industrial districts, with Testaccio being the most popular. 
    Here, you can spot murals, stickers, posters, graffiti which offer a glimpse into another facet of Roman history and culture. 

    7. Walk the ancient Appian Way
    The ancient Appian way stretches for 62 kilometers in total and was built to connect Rome to Brindisi. These are largely considered the oldest and most strategic Roman roads to ever have been built. You can literally walk down the pages of history and take a tour of and on the Appian Way. 

    Location: Roman Forum to modern-day Brindisi.

    8. Buy an antique from Porta Portese
    If you happen to be in Rome on a Sunday, then a visit to the Porta Portese flea market is a must. You can wander the colourful fare and feast your eyes on antiques including rare books, vintage phones, chandeliers, etc. If you are not a fan of shopping, you can still spend time here taking pictures and unearthing parts of history. 

    Location: Piazza di Porta Portese, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
  24. What is there to do in Rome at night?

    1. Trevi Fountain –
    In the night, Trevi fountain is beautifully lit and deserted. Tossing the traditional coin in the fountain is a famous ritual in Rome. 

    2. Colosseum –
    You can step inside the Colosseum at night to avoid the crowd. After the gates close to most visitors, you can still purchase a specialized tour to see it under the night sky.

    3. Trastevere  
    Want to explore the nightlife of Rome? Head to Trastevere. This place comes alive at night with bars and restaurants on every corner.

    4. Teatro dell’ Opera –
    Want to get all dressed up and dive into something unique? Head to the opera! You won’t understand much but you will get the chance to witness an exciting cultural experience. The interior of the opera is applaudable.

    5. Rome’s catacombs –
    Fascinating in the daylight, Rome’s many catacombs get spookier by night. A tour will take you to the catacombs of Santa Priscilla and ossuary, known as, Capuchin Crypt.
  25. Which are the best places to enjoy shopping in Rome?

    1. Via Dei Condotti
    Via Dei Condotti is a high-end shopping destination in Rome, and features outlets from some of the best known international brands, such as Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana and many more. It is best known for its leather products, including bags, belts, purses and wallets.

    Location: Via Condotti, 00187 Rome, Italy

    2. Via Dei Coronari
    Housed in one of the oldest and finest streets in Rome is the Via Dei Coronari, the go-to-place while shopping for vintage items. The picturesque, Renaissance styled street houses a number of vintage stores selling opulent furniture, clothes, jewelry, paintings and much more.

    Location: Navona, Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori

    3. Via del Boschetto
    Situated in the quaint little neighborhood of Monti, the Via del Boschetto is home to a number of artisanal shops selling local, handcrafted items. The street contains shops selling a number of different colourful items, including handcrafted jewelry, bags, watches and much more.

    Location: 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    4. Via Margutta
    Best known for its place in the cinematic history of Rome, the Via Margutta is best known for its lovely art galleries. If you are looking for a budget-shopping destination, then the Via Margutta, with its small shops, is the place to go.

    Location: 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    5. Castroni
    Italy is known for its high quality coffee, and the best place to purchase coffee in Rome is Castroni. Apart from its hand cultivated coffee beans, the store is also known for its delectable cookies, adored by locals and tourists alike.

    Location: Via Cola di Rienzo, 196/198, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
  26. What are the historical places in Rome?

    1. Pantheon –
    One of Rome’s best-preserved monuments, Pantheon is a majestic church. Located in Piazza Della Rotonda, tourists remain in awe of the architecture.

    2. Colosseum –
    One of the best examples of Ancient Roman architecture, Colosseum was built in A.D. 72. It took nearly ten years to build this iconic monument. Also, check out the Colosseum at night for a beautiful experience.

    3. St Peter’s Basilica –
    Commonly known as the ‘mother of all churches’, St Peter’s Basilica is dedicated to the Apostle Peter. It was commissioned in 324 AD.

    4. Spanish Steps –
    Spanish Steps is a photographic wonder for the tourists. Once you reach the top of the steps, you are going to love the bird's view of the Roman rooftops, the prestigious palazzi, and hustling of the piazza.

    5. Roman Forum –
    After the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is the next introduction to Ancient Rome. From the entrance of Via Dei Fori Imperiali, you can take a view of the ancient ruins and relics left behind by Rome's former emperors.
  27. What are the romantic things to do in Rome?

    1. Take a tour on the Tiber River
    Few other experiences could be as romantic as sailing across the beautiful Tiber with your partner, as the fantastic sights of Rome pass you by. There are a number of cruises available on the Tiber, such as the Wine Tour, the Hop on Hop off Tour, and the Dinner Cruise- just choose your desired one and prepare yourself for one of your most romantic nights in the city!

    Price: Depends on the type of tour availed. Starting from 18 euros.

    2. Take a stroll down the Villa Borghese Gardens: 
    Situated just behind the Borghese Museum is the Villa Borghese Gardens, a lush, landscaped garden spreading across a massive span of 80 hectares. Full to the brim with its natural beauty, its beautiful lakes and scenic promenades, the Villa Borghese Gardens is a perfect place to spend a romantic evening, or even to simply enjoy a sunset with a loved one.

    3. Have a picnic in the Giardino degli Aranci: 
    Situated in Rome’s Aventine Hill is the Giardino degli Aranci, or the Orange Gardens. A perfect little hideout for a romantic picnic, the gardens boast of a splendid natural beauty, and commands a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Rome sprawling underneath.

    4. Swim in one of the thermal pools in Rome
    Rome is known for housing a number of hot water or thermal pools that are perfect for a leisurely swim with one’s partner. It is one of the most romantic ways to spend an evening in Rome, lounging in the pool with your better half as you view the city lit up from a distance.

    Locations: Aqvi Blu – Sheraton Roma, Palazzo Naiadi Roma, Radisson Blu Es. Hotel, Rome Marriott Park Hotel, QC Terme
  28. How is the weather in Rome?

    Summers in Rome are generally warm and pleasant, with temperature going up to 27 degree Celsius at the peak of August. Winters remain quite cold, and temperatures may fall to as low as 2 degree Celsius. There is light snowfall during the winter season, although there is hardly any accumulation of snow. Spring and summers are mild and moderate, with a substantial amount of rainfall.
  29. Which are the famous cuisines to try in Rome?

    1. Rigatoni Carbonara
    One of the most popular dishes in Rome is the Rigatoni Carbonara, a creamy white sauce pasta served with raw eggs, cheese and pork cheeks.

    2. Suppli
    A common snack found in most takeaways or delis, Suppli is a delicious fried ball of creamy rice and meat, coated with bread crumbs, it has a center filled with cheese.

    3. Pizza al taglio
    One can never miss out on authentic Italian pizza when in Rome.  Pizza al taglio, or Pizza by the slice, is usually served per slice, and is topped with local cheese, a number of vegetables and meat slices.

    4. Maritozzi
    A sweet dish generally taken with breakfast, Maritozzi is a kind of yeasted bun with various toppings, such as chocolate or cinnamon.

    5. Gelato
    No trip to Rome is complete without consuming a substantial amount of Gelato. The creamy, Italian ice cream melts in your mouth, and is a delight to eat in absolutely any flavor you go for.
  30. What are the free things to do in Rome?

    1. Explore Trastevere across the Tiber river
    If you are looking for free things to do in Rome, then it does not get better than a walk around Trastevere. It can be best described as a quirky neighbourhood with a very Bohemian feel which is reflected in its architecture. You can find craft beer pubs, artisan shops and trattorias in abundance in this corner of Rome. 

    Location: Trastevere, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

    2. Watch the sunset at Gianicolo Hill
    Watching sunsets does not cost a dime and when it comes to watching the sunset over a city like Rome and that too from its second highest hill, the chances are that it will be magical. You can hike up to the Gianicolo Hill and experience a relatively quiet sunset as the city of Rome gets enveloped in twinkling lights. 

    Location: Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

    3. Get lost in the cobblestoned Centro Storico street
    The historic centre of Rome is marked by zig-zagged cobblestone streets including Centro Storico. Walking down a narrow lane of Centro Storico as you pass boutiques, cafes, trattorias and bars are one of the most enjoyable free things to do in Rome. 
    As you walk, keep an eye out for the several works of artists like Michaelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini scattered throughout the area. 

    Location: Centro Storico00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

    4. See the magical optical illusion of St Peter’s Dome
    One of the most fun things to do in Rome, without having to spend a dime, is to experience the illusion of St. Peter’s dome. It is a thrill to watch the dome become larger as you walk away from the Basilica and the reverse happens when you are walking towards it. 
    If you are at Via Piccolomini near the Appian, you can walk down the road and see the size of the dome get bigger the further away you walk!

    Location: Via Nicolò Piccolomini 00165 Roma RM, Italy

    5. Find the secret keyhole in the Aventino
    The secret keyhole at Aventino is one of the lesser-known attractions of the city of Rome. The keyhole is a part of a property which is owned by a religious order of Knights which date back to the 11th century. 
    From the keyhole, you can see a perfectly framed image of the St. Peter’s Basilica. The place also has manicured gardens and is steeped in myths and legends. 

    Location: Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 4, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

    6. Climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica
    You can climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica for free and enjoy unparalleled views of the city. You can choose to climb all the over 500 steps or take elevators to reduce the number of steps that you climb. 
    If you are in the mood to splurge a little bit of money while taking in the breathtaking view, you can visit the terrace and sit down for a cup of coffee as you watch the thoroughfare around you. 

    Location: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    7. Walk the streets of Rome
    The best way to experience Rome is by walking through it. The old town centre looks nothing less than the set of a movie with the Roman Forum, Colosseum, palaces, museums, churches and ruins spread out in every direction you lay your eyes. You can walk past the Spanish, Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and much more, all for free!
  31. What are some fun things to do in Rome?

    1. Go to Rome Opera House
    When looking for fun things to do in Rome, you need to put a visit to the Rome Opera House on the list. The heritage building was opened in the year 1880 and has been entertaining guests ever since. 

    The excellent architecture of the place makes it stand out in the department of acoustics and even to this day, you can enjoy the Roman presentations in an environment that can still beat the best auditoriums. 

    Location: Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    2. Take a hot air balloon ride over Rome
    There is not a more fun way to take in the impressive country-side of Rome than by viewing it from a hot air balloon. You can wake up early to catch the sight of the vineyards and ruins slowly coming into view as the sun rises. The rides usually last for an hour or two and you can also opt for a toast of local food and wine upon touchdown. 

    3. Put your hand in the Mouth of Truth
    Take the lie detector like the ancient Romans did by putting your hand in the Mouth of Truth. Legend has it that if a liar were to put their hand in the humanoid mouth of the stone disc, the mouth would maw off the hand. This disc, dating back to the 1st century CE sits outside the doors of the Santa Maria Cosmedin Church. 

    Location: Piazza della Bocca della Verità, 18, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    4. Go on a Vespa City tour
    If you are looking for fun things to do in Rome, Roman-Holiday-style, then a Vespa City tour is a must. There is no better way of traversing the narrow, cobbled streets of the city than by riding a two-wheeler as you whizz past ruins, famous landmarks and then maybe even get out into the countryside for a romantic picnic. 

    5. Go hiking in the Monti Simbruini National Park
    Monti Simbruini is a mountain range in Central Italy which is also known as ‘Italy’s Alps’ for their beautiful landscapes and natural beauty. The national park is a protected area spread over 300 kilometres of land, covered in dense forests, woodlands and scrubs. When here, you can go for hikes, picnics and camping in the unspoilt terrain. 

    Location: Jenne, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

    6. Go surfing in the Santa Marinella beach
    If you are looking for water-based fun, then a day spent surfing the Banzai beach at Santa Marinella is all you need. The clean waters and excellent surfing options, including the Banzai Pipeline make it an unforgettable surfing experience. You can also spend your time lazing in the sand and enjoying delicious seafood at the beach. 

    Location:Via Umberto Nobile, 00058 Santa Marinella RM, Italy

    7. Take a cooking class by the locals
    The best way to sample Italian cuisine is by getting your own hands dirty and that’s exactly what you can do by taking a cooking class which is run by locals. Learn to prepare pasta, pizza, Italian bread or gelato and you can take home a piece of Rome with you. There is a cookery class for every budget and if you look hard enough, you might find a free one too!

    8. Visit a cat sanctuary
    If you are a cat-lover, then visiting a cat sanctuary is probably one of the most offbeat things to do in Rome. One of the famous ones is Torre Argentina or the Roman Cat Sanctuary which is made up of ruins which stand in the spot where Caesar was murdered. Today, hundreds of cats roam freely and form a part of the landscape. 

    Location: Scavi archeologici, Largo di Torre Argentina angolo, Largo Arenula, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    9. Investigate a crime at the Largo di Torre Argentina
    This is one site in Rome which has been made immortal by Shakespeare through his writing. These are the ruins where Caesar was murdered. You can roam the ancient soil and look around, recreating history and re-investigating one of the most notorious murders in world history. 

    Location: Largo di Torre Argentina, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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