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Best Things To Do in Rome

Be sure to take time to enjoy la dolce vita — even a week isn't long enough to experience everything Roma offers. From historic tours through ancient Rome (Colosseum, Roman Forum) to Sunday morning shopping at the Porta Portese flea market to climbing to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, this city is bursting with things to do. You can help your chances of returning to Roma by tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain; fate might just bring you back to the Eternal City, or so the legend goes.

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#1
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: A must-see on many travelers' itineraries, the Trevi Fountain is situated amongst a high concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife ... read more»

#2
Church of San Luigi dei Francesi Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're a fan of Caravaggio, you'll want to visit the San Luigi dei Francesi. Inside this Navona ... read more»

#3
Santa Maria della Vittoria
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This featured chapel from Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" is now heavily trafficked by Robert Langdon wannabes. But baroque ... read more»

#4
Trastevere Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you want a look at real Rome — minus all the big-name tourist attractions and crowds — experts say to visit ... read more»

#5
Pantheon Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Open daily, with abbreviated hours on Sunday, the Pantheon is known for its perfect proportions — which is amazing, seeing as ... read more»

#6
Church of Sant'Ignazio Di Loyola Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Sant'Ignazio, which is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (though closed for lunch ... read more»

#7
St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The epicenter of Roman Catholicism, St. Peter's Basilica is centered in Vatican City and open daily for free tours ... read more»

#8
Basilica di San Clemente Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Archaeology buffs might find the Basilica di San Clemente interesting: It's a second century pagan temple, underneath a fourth ... read more»

#9
Piazza Navona Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Perhaps one of the best known of Rome's pubic squares, the Piazza Navona dates back to the end of ... read more»

#10
Santa Maria in Trastevere Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of the oldest churches in Roma — it dates back to the fourth century — travel writers say Santa Maria in ... read more»

#11
Gianicolo Hill Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: To the west of the Tiber River (near another top attraction, Trastevere), Gianicolo Hill just waits to be climbed. According ... read more»

#12
Colosseum (Colosseo)

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The site of many a bloody gladiatorial fight, the Colosseum, which was finished in 80 A.D., could then hold ... read more»

#13
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: You'll find one of Vatican City's most notorious attractions housed within these walls — the Sistine Chapel (and Michelangelo ... read more»

#14
Campo de' Fiori Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Campo de' Fiori is worth visiting twice in a trip — once during the day for its bustling market, and ... read more»

#15
Porta Portese Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Porta Portese is a Sunday morning market (about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) that travel experts say fashionistas ... read more»

#16
Roman Forum (Foro Romano) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Not as popular as the Colosseum (but located nearby), some say the Roman Forum is more interesting (and free!). The ... read more»

#17
Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Another must-do for many travelers is climbing the alluring (especially in April and may with its blossoming azaleas) Spanish Steps ... read more»

#18
Galleria Borghese
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A favorite among travelers to Rome, the Galleria Borghese is half-villa/half-museum, and it has some resplendent gardens too. The ... read more»

#19
Capitoline Museum (Museo Capitolini)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museum) was the first public museum in the world, and it holds Rome's symbol, the ... read more»

#20
Appian Way Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Appian Way (Via Appia) has a history that dates backs to 312 B.C. and includes the 71 B ... read more»

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