Rome Travel Guide

This sustainable retail effort is fueled by designer Ilaria Venturini Fendi of the famed fashion family.

The city of Rome has two teams, Roma and Lazio, that compete in Italy’s series A, and stadium theatrics—the fans’ and the players’—make for some unforgettable real-life drama. During the low tourist season, attending a game is also one of the best ways to absorb local flavor.

In a city full of classical architecture, Renzo Piano's über-modern classical music hall, shaped a bit like three computer mouses, has become wildly popular with Romans.

Housed in the restored 16th-century orangery of Villa Borghese, the Museo Carlo Bilotti features a 22-piece collection donated by the eponymous cosmetics magnate and art collector.

Vintage aficionados gravitate to Le Gallinelle, which sells a very broad selection of vintage clothing, including antique kimonos, seventies evening gowns, and fifties and sixties costume jewelry in a turquoise chest of drawers.

This outpost of the popular Roman florist is a perfect place to pick up a bouquet or bonsai plant for your host (or jet-lagged arriving friend). Open daily 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

One of Rome’s premier destinations for bargain hunting, MAS (Magazzino allo Statuto) is a five-story shop on the north side of Piazza Vittorio.

Gabriella Bolero’s flagship opened in November selling the designer’s signature women’s clothes.

San Crispino gelato—considered by many locals to be the best in Rome—is made and served under exacting conditions.

This church and convent in the Centro Storico neighborhood of Rome is not for the faint of heart. Although the 17th-century church contains a reputed Caravaggio painting, it’s the crypt that draws visitors, where there are bones and skulls of former friars and Roman poor uniquely arranged.

The best women’s shoe stores in Rome are not the big-name boutiques on Via Condotti, but the mid-range, multilabel shops like this tiny store near the Vatican.

The Site: The piazza before St. Peter's is a perfect ellipse; stand on one of the foci (marked red circles between each fountain and the central obelisk) and you'll see the closest set of columns line up perfectly.