Things to do in Rome

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Rome has culture covered—from ancient monuments and historic churches to Renaissance art collections and unparalleled street art. Even if you just st... Read More

Rome has culture covered—from ancient monuments and historic churches to Renaissance art collections and unparalleled street art. Even if you just stick with the iconic sights—such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Vatican—you wouldn’t have any problem figuring out things to do in Rome. And there are also plenty of other things to see underneath the city, including the ancient tombs, bones, catacombs, and other archeological treasures.

An outstanding private collection of the noble Borghese family went public when they lost their fortune in the late 1800s; today it’s the world’s most perfect small art museum. The works at Borghese Museum & Gallery are immediately impressive and provocative, from ancient Roman mosaics of gory amphitheater scenes to the topless statue of Pauline Bonaparte by Canova. The Ara Pacis Museum is a perfect example of the ancient coexisting with the contemporary—it’s the emperor Augustus’s triumphal monument housed inside a modern building by Richard Meier. Some of the city’s most spectacular artworks are hidden inside churches, like Caravaggio’s altar in the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi. If you get tired of looking at art and need a bit of fresh air, Villa Borghese and the Appia Antica—two of Rome’s most beloved parks—are perfect for that much needed passeggiata. T+L’s Rome travel guide will help you narrow down the best things to do from the myriad options at hand.

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    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... Read More

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    Basilica of San Clemente

    A multi-layered church and archaeological site, the Basilica of San Clemente is one of the best examples of how Rome is a layer cake of history. Entry... Read More

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    Borghese 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 most... Read More

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    Castel Sant'Angelo

    In the year 590, as he prayed for Rome's deliverance from a plague, St. Gregory the Great had an encouraging vision of an angel sheathing its sword... Read More

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    Centrale Montemartini

    A satellite of the Capitoline Museums housed in a former power plant, Centrale Montemartini brilliantly juxtaposes gods and machines. More than 400... Read More

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    Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi

    The official French church in Rome, San Luigi dei Francesi was built in 1518 for the French community and named after King Louis IX. To this day, masses... Read More

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    Ostia Antica

    Just a 25-minute local train ride outside of Rome toward the coast is Ostia Antica, ancient Rome's port city. From the 4th century BC to the 5th century... Read More

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    National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

    Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is one of five branch locations for the National Roman Museum, an incredible collection of Ancient Roman art. The palazzo's... Read More

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    Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica

    South of the Aurelian Walls, the traditional boundaries of Rome, begins one of the oldest and most important roads in the world: the Appian Way. Begun... Read More

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    Roman Forum

    This is where Romulus founded the city of Rome and where it all happened—the former marshland was reclaimed in the 7th century to become the epicenter... Read More

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    Stadio Olimpico

    Catching a game at Rome's Stadio Olimpico is definitely a way to feel a little bit more Roman than the average tourist. Rome has two teams, Roma and... Read More

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    The Catacombs

    Only a small portion of ancient Rome can be seen in open-air excavations; the rest of it lies hidden below street level. There are more than sixty... Read More

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    Villa Borghese

    Eight-five hectars of rolling greens make up Villa Borghese, Rome's favorite public park, which belonged to the Borghese family until the end of the... Read More

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