Things to Do in Rome

iStock

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... Read More

Rome's oldest herbalist sells a vast selection of teas stored in wooden drawers beneath its original coffered ceiling.... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

Arsenale caters to those seeking something different in fashion. Here, designer and owner Patrizia Pieroni showcases her creations, from pink, pale gray... Read More

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 get... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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-pedis... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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

The satellite location of a chic city salon chain, Bunny’s offers a full menu of beauty services to revive bedraggled travelers: haircuts and... Read More

There are no lavish, aspirational lifestyle displays à la Williams-Sonoma at this excellent back-to-basics cookware emporium; instead, the... Read More

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

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

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

Located in San Giovanni, this small, basilica-style church is dedicated to the virgin martyr Saint Bibiana. Originally built in 467, the church was... Read More

Built in 1504 and attached to the church of Santa Maria della Pace in Rome’s Centro Storico, Chiostro del Bramante was one of architect Donato... Read More

The Cimitero Acattolico (Non-Catholic Cemetery), also known as the Protestant Cemetery, is home to one of the largest collections of notable graves in... Read More

Multi-tasking travelers on can freshen up their laundry while on layover at Clean Life Dry Cleaning in the arrivals terminal Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino... Read More

Though there may no longer be gladiators and staged naval battles at Rome’s iconic Colosseum, it’s still a great hive of activity in central... Read More

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... Read More

The only airport outlets for this über-chic Italian fashion label are in Rome, so if you missed the dazzling main outlet on Via Condotti, head to... Read More

EUR: Via Cristoforo Colombo at Piazza Guglielmo Marconi and surroundings.... Read More

Coffee in Italy (and the culture that surrounds it) is a completely different animal than what you’re used to back home (e.g., Starbucks). When in... Read More

The oldest paper producer in Europe (founded in 1264), Fabriano not only invented the watermark, but also supplied artists like Michelangelo, Raphael,... Read More

Ferrari-philes will find all manner of merchandise here related to their favorite performance autos. The shop carries everything from logo-emblazoned... Read More

This large, privately owned art collection is housed in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. The estate includes works from Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Tiziano, and... Read More

Famous for its luxurious cotton socks in bright, multicolored stripes, this Italian label also makes similarly vibrant clothes and accessories for men,... Read More

The Garden of Orange Trees (Giardino degli Aranci) by the Santa Sabina church pays homage to the namesake Spanish tree. The first orange tree... Read More

Since 1909, Villa Aurelia has been the property of the American Academy in Rome. In 2002, the property reopened with much fanfare. Positioned on the... Read More

Gracchi looks spare—clinical even. But a just-delivered crate of wild strawberries fragrantly reassures you. So does Gracchi’s pistachio... Read More

You’ll see fashionable people all over town—punky Japanese tourists to preppy Roman men—carrying these shopping bags. Italy doesn... Read More

You’ll see fashionable people all over town—punky Japanese tourists to preppy Roman men—carrying these shopping bags. Italy doesn... Read More

Located in Old Rome, just a short stroll from the Gothic, Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Piazza della Minerva, this little shop sells... Read More

Rome’s oldest ice cream parlor, Giolitti has a history dating back to 1890, when dairy farmers Giuseppe and Bernadina Giolitti opened a small... Read More

The unification of Italy and fall of the Vatican political state reinstated the civil rights of the Jewish people of Rome, and they celebrated with the... Read More

San Crispino gelato—considered by many locals to be the best in Rome—is made and served under exacting conditions. The company uses only all... Read More

Started in 1982, this interior design shop takes its namesake from owner Ilaria Miani, an Italian interior designer who is known for her proficiency in... Read More

It's been said that Janiculum Hill served as the center of the cult of the god Janus. Because of the hill’s advantageous position, the cult&rsquo... Read More

A peek in the window reveals light pink walls, soft lighting, and minimal decor because at Josephine de Huertas & Co., it’s all about the... Read More

Rome's hippest nightclubs are located among the reclaimed industrial buildings in Testaccio. As of late, this sleek dance club is the favorite of the... Read More

Just a few blocks from the Pantheon in a fabulously secluded piazza, this indoor/outdoor lounge bar is one of the most congenial places for a drink in... Read More

Vintage aficionados gravitate to Le Gallinelle, which sells a very broad selection of vintage clothing, including antique kimonos, seventies evening... Read More

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... Read More

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

One of the more charming examples of Rome’s lesser-known, world-class sights is this monumental complex of a late imperial burial chamber, an... Read More

Housed in the restored 16th-century orangery of Villa Borghese, the Museo Carlo Bilotti features a 22-piece collection donated by the eponymous... Read More

The Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) is a contemporary art museum comprised of two separate locations. The original museum is housed in the... Read More

The displays at this tiny exhibit set out to prove that there is a place between heaven and hell. Among the items of "proof": fingerprints burned into a... Read More

For a healthy pick-me-up, head to My Juice in the MyChef food court at Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport in Rome. The focus here is on... Read More

If the Palazzo Esposizioni is lots of things to a wide audience, the Museum for the Art of the Twenty-First Century, which opened in the summer of 2010,... Read More

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

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

Dedicated to all the gods by Marcus Agrippa in 27 B.C., the iconic Pantheon in Rome's Centro Storico has twice burned and been rebuilt before assuming... Read More

Located in the Olympic Village, the Parco della Musica (Music Park) is the largest and most visited concert facility in Europe. Designed by world... Read More

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

For 200 years, Pasticceria il Boccione has been baking kosher treats for Rome’s Jewish community. Its repertoire (and customer service) is limited... Read More

The Site: Today a busy traffic circle, the piazza centers on Bernini's masterpiece fountain of a Triton (merman) spouting water into the air from a... Read More

The Site: This long oval piazza—owing its shape to the ancient Stadium of Domitian, formerly on this spot, and often flooded in the 19th century... Read More

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... Read More

This sustainable retail effort is fueled by designer Ilaria Venturini Fendi of the famed fashion family. The store, which looks more like a series of... Read More

The name says it all: this shop is Candyland for mid-century-design freaks. You’ll find furniture, ceramics, glassware, lamps, jewelry, and other... Read More

Love it or hate it (most locals are in the latter camp), the glacial white marble monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in Piazza Venezia is the most central... Read More

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

What to Expect: Romans erect elaborate presepi (Nativity scenes) across the city, from life-size tableaux on the Spanish Steps and before St. Peter's to... Read More

Italy’s largest airport served more than 36 million passengers in 2010. Located in Fiumicino, approximately 20 miles from Rome’s historic... Read More

More than 1,000 roses bloom late each spring at Rome's Municipal Rose Garden on the eastern side of the Aventine Hill. The sloping garden is divided... Read More

When the light hits just right, it streams in from cleverly hidden windows, and Borromini's splendid dome appears to hover above the 17th-century church... Read More

Rome has more than 900 churches, all of them free, displaying great works of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture by the likes of Raphael,... Read More

The Site: This riotously baroque 17th-century church is most famous for Bernini's lavish Cornaro Chapel.... Read More

Originally built in the fifth century, Santa Maria Maggiore contains one of the best preserved Byzantine interiors in Rome. Along the tall, wide... Read More

It took a decade to build the Scuderie del Quirinale (1722-1732) in Rome. Located next to the Quirinale Palace, it sits atop the ruins of the Roman... Read More

Established in Rome during the 1960’s, this family-owned artisan workshop specializes in handcrafted, buttery soft gloves. Although originally... Read More

The power of St. Peter’s Basilica has influenced world history for the past 700 years and is plainly visible in the lavishly decorated interior,... Read More

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

This all-in-one emporium sells clothes, shoes, accessories, and perfumes by popular houses like Alessandro dell'Acqua and Balenciaga.... Read More

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... Read More

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

The Site: Contrary to what the book says, you can tour the spooky 1,900-year-old necropolis deep beneath the Vatican, a buried cemetery of narrow lanes... Read More

Flocks of tourist visiting the Eternal City come to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain in the Campo Marzio neighborhood. This famous fountain was... Read More

The designer opened his Roman atelier in 1960, and his timeless sensibility lives on at the landmark boutique with its red-carpeted staircase and... Read More

Pope Innocent VIII began construction of the first modern garden at the Vatican in the 15th century. Two-hour tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays... Read More

A complex of museums and galleries founded by popes Clement XIV and Pius VI, the Vatican Museums contain a wealth of historical items and artistic works... Read More

Nearly 20,000 people stream through the Vatican every day, clueless and adrift, and end up dismissing the Sistine Chapel before they even get there. It... Read More

This venerable chocolate company, founded in Turin in 1878, prides itself on its natural ingredients and artisanal origins. The shop sells beautifully... Read More

Located in the very center of Rome, Via Marsala serves as a hub for trains and buses yet is also within walking distance of major attractions. The Roma... Read More

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

This 17th century villa stakes claim in the largest landscaped public park in Rome. Situated just outside Porta San Pancrazio, it was known as Bel... Read More

Take a “time out” from the hustle and bustle of Rome and wander the gravel paths of public park Villa Sciarra, named after the adjacent 17th... Read More

A longtime favorite of the artsy crowd who mingles here—and who know it simply as La Vineria. Its walls are lined with 600 wine labels.... Read More

Only about 35 percent of ancient Rome is in open-air excavations; the rest of it lies hidden below street level. Exploring this subterranean world&mdash... Read More

The Volpetti brothers have been selling the finest Italian gourmet products since 1973. Hams hang from the ceiling while pastries such as pannetone and... Read More

Ideal for first-time visitors, Walks Inside Rome provides more than 40 custom tours of the city’s greatest landmarks, including the Pantheon,... Read More

There's a new reason to take the 30-minute cab ride ($30) out to Rome's EUR district: the 54,000-square-foot White Gallery, the city's best one-stop... Read More

Regardless of your faith, encountering the splendid ceremony of the Catholic Church can be one of the most memorable events on a trip to Rome. Given the... Read More

Back To Top