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Things to do in Rome

Even the novice traveler knows what to do in Rome—sip espresso in the shadow of the Pantheon, dine on spaghetti alla carbonara, ogle the fashionable locals, climb the Spanish Steps, and visit some of the world’s most iconic sites, like the Vatican, Colosseum, and Trevi Fountain. But once you’ve checked off those iconic experiences, there are still enough great things to do in Rome to last a lifetime and beyond. This is the Eternal City, after all.

For details on where to go and what to do in Rome, peruse our travel guide, chock-full of insider finds—centuries-old shops, quiet parks and piazze, hidden bars serving local vinos, buzzy clubs packed with Italy’s bold-face names, and art collections that will make you weep. Vetted by Travel + Leisure’s expert writers and editors, our listings highlight the very best things to do in Rome and promise to have you rubbing elbows with in-the-know Romans.

Whether you’re in the mood to watch soccer teams Roma and Lazio prove their stuff or to explore the Italian capital’s underground treasures (65 percent of Ancient Rome’s ruins lie below street level), T+L can guide the way.

  • Annibale Gammarelli

    Roman dandies flock to this Sartoria per Ecclesiastici in search of knee-high socks in cardinal red, bishop purple, or sober black; the fine-knits ... More
  • Antica Erboristeria

    Rome's oldest herbalist sells a vast selection of teas stored in wooden drawers beneath its original coffered ceiling. Created by the editors of T... More
  • Antica Farmacia Santa Maria della Scala

    Once farmacia to the 17th Century Papal court, this pharmacy is still run by Carmelite monks and remains adjacent to Trastavere's Santa Maria della... More
  • Antica Spezieria

    Carmelite monks will guide you through the 17th-century pharmacy where medicines were once concocted for popes. You'll find ornate cabinets filled ... More
  • Ara Pacis Museum

    Overlooking the Tiber River is the Ara Pacis Museum, which houses the eponymous Altar of Peace. The altar was built in 9 B.C. to celebrate Emperor ... More
  • Arsenale

    Arsenale caters to those seeking something different in fashion. Here, designer and owner Patrizia Pieroni showcases her creations, from pink, pale... More
  • ATA Hotel Executive Centre

    In transit business travelers make use of long layovers at this more than 9,000-square-foot temporary office space. There are six rooms in which to... More
  • Auditorium Parco della Musica

    In a city full of classical architecture, Renzo Piano's über-modern classical music hall, shaped a bit like three computer mouses, has become wildl... More
  • Bartaruga

    It’s a favored watering hole of the Roman leftist intelligentsia, but anyone is welcome at this funky Jewish Ghetto salon that shares its intimate ... More
  • Be Relax Classic

    Part of a European chain, this blue-walled express spa is great if you need a quick beauty fix. Massages (as short as 10 minutes) and speedy mani-p... More
  • Bolero

    Gabriella Bolero’s flagship opened in November selling the designer’s signature women’s clothes. More
  • Borghese Museum & Gallery

    The outstanding private collection of the noble Borghese family went public when they lost their fortune in the late 1800’s; today it’s the world’s... More
  • Botanical Garden, Rome

    When planning a visit to the winding streets of the Trastevere neighborhood, earmark time to meander these ancient gardens. Locally known as Orto B... More
  • Brioni

    Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, and Pierce Brosnan are among the fans of the classic, hand-tailored menswear sold here. The haberdashery has been creat... More

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