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3 Days in Rome

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Rome is one of the world's most fascinating cities. The old adage that Rome was not built in a day — and that you won't see it in one or even in three — is true. For the intrepid traveler who can keep pace, here is a list of must-sees. But remember what the Romans say: "Even a lifetime isn't enough to see Rome." While I prepared this jam-packed itinerary to take you to some of my favorite spots, many are inevitably omitted. There are many ways to approach Rome. I've taken visitors around who only want to see antiquities, to shop for fashion or decor or jewelry, to photograph outdoors, to see Etruscan artifacts, to find Hercules statues — preferably before the 3rd Century BC — to see fountains and water sources, to explore ancient consular roads, to hear about gory tragedies, to see medieval mosaics or 1930-40s architecture, or to sample food, markets, and wine. Themes are great fun and can guide your trip planning. In order to cover a wide range of interests and to simplify matters, here Rome is presented mostly by neighborhood. The time suggested is a minimum for a sense of the place, not to explore it in depth. At almost any of these sights I could easily while away a half day or more. Add or subtract what you choose. Whether you're an avid culture vulture or like to laze your way through a place, set your own pace and priorities. Don't underestimate the power of the Eternal City to charm you. A young photography professor said, "When I was in the military and had R&R for a week, I chose Rome. But what I best remember about that trip was the day that I spent at an outdoor cafe watching the world go by." Keep his words in mind. Enjoy the moment and make time to watch the passing show.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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33 Places

Day 1

Ristorante Roof Garden Hotel Forum Roma

Restaurants

Roman Forum

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Colosseum

Arenas & Stadiums, Historic Sites

L'Asino d'Oro

Restaurants

Musei Capitolini

Speciality Museums

Piazza Navona

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Pantheon

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Largo di Torre Argentina

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Bistrot Giuda Ballerino

Restaurants

Glass Hostaria

Restaurants

Colle del Gianicolo

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Parks, Lighthouses

Day 2

Campo de' Fiori

Neighbourhoods

I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza

Restaurants

Castel Sant'Angelo

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Castles, Cemeteries

Vatican Museums

Religious Sites, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

St. Peter's Basilica

Speciality Museums

Romeo

Restaurants

Museo dell'Ara Pacis

Speciality Museums

Piazza del Popolo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

L'Arancia Blu

Restaurants

Auditorium - Parco della Musica

Theatres

MAXXI - Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo

Speciality Museums

Cinema Dei Piccoli

Movie Theatres

Day 3

Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Ancient Appian Way

Ancient Ruins

Villa of the Quintilii

Ancient Ruins

Cinecitta Si Mostra - Shows Off

Sightseeing Tours, Visitor Centres

Osteria Giuda Ballerino!

Restaurants

Parco degli Acquedotti

Parks, Ancient Ruins

Pyramid of Cestius

Historic Sites, Cemeteries, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

Ostia Antica

Ancient Ruins, Visitor Centres

Bramante Terrace at Hotel Raphael

Restaurants

Judy E's City Tips

  • Plan to focus on certain areas of the city and do as much of your sightseeing on foot as possible. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Take taxis when you need to conserve your energy. Note the locations of taxi stands — generally, you cannot hail taxis on the street.
  • Rome's public transportation system, ATAC, has increasingly erratic bus service. You can waste precious time waiting 20 minutes or more for a bus. If you can, go by foot.
  • The Metro (underground) runs frequently, but does not serve much of the historic center.
  • A bus/metro ticket is valid for 100 minutes. There are also 24-hour and 3-day tickets.
  • The Roma Pass is valid for 48 or 72 hours and allows unlimited transportation in the city, plus discounts at various sights, shops and restaurants.
  • See dining suggestions in my Best Food in Rome guide for general dining tips and some specific suggestions for all types of dining.
  • The tip is generally included in the price of the meal. Some choose to round the bill up and leave a bit extra.
  • As elsewhere in Italy, a bar or cafe usually has two prices for each item: a lower price for items consumed standing at the bar and a higher price when seated at a table.
  • The word "bar" in Italian is assumed to mean coffee bar, not cocktail or wine bar, although many serve drinks of various types.
  • Public benches and free places to sit are rare. Use breaks in cafes, restaurants, bars, and parks to rest and recharge.
  • Italians are accustomed to lingering over a meal. Before you order, let the server know if you have time constraints.
  • Ask about food for kids, "cibo per bambini." When they yearn for the familiar, there are always French fries (patate frite), pizza, and other dishes.
  • Italy, a wine producer for thousands of years, boasts over 350 varieties of grapes. Experiment. The cost of a bottle is reasonable, often better than house wine. Salute!
  • Bread in Rome (and in much of Italy) is not served with butter, nor usually with olive oil (unless you order bruschette, toasted bread with olive oil and other toppings).
  • The famous touristy squares are stunning for a drink, but the food often is disappointing and costly.
  • For picnics in the city, Villa Borghese and Doria Pamphilj parks are ideal. Well worth an excursion further out are Parco degli Aquedotti and the Appia Antica.
  • Dress as in any major European city: no bare feet or chests. Even when they're dressed casually, Italians can pull off chic in ways that inspire awe.
  • Dress code can be very strict in St. Peter's Basilica, even for toddlers. No shorts, sleeveless tops, bare arms, midriffs, or miniskirts.
  • On the bus, tram, or metro, passengers usually offer their seats to parents with babies, pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly.
  • An Italian does not order a cappuccino after a meal; rather it's a caffè (espresso). Cappuccino is consumed at breakfast, but not following lunch or dinner.
  • The preference in churches and elegant restaurants is that visitors do not wear shorts, but they are increasingly tolerated.
  • Be sure that cell phones are turned off before entering a church or museum.
  • Note that most churches close midday for lunch; closing times vary. In the center most, but not all, shops stay open midday.
    Day 1
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    Ristorante Roof Garden Hotel Forum Roma
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    Judy E Says:

    Breakfast at Hotel Forum is not a foodie destination, but overlooking the Palatine and Forum ruins, it makes for a convenient and picturesque start to the day. For early risers, service begins at 7am, allowing you plenty of time to savor coffee and eats before you begin a day of sightseeing.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • For a stand-up pre-Forum visit breakfast in the Ghetto, go to Il Boccione for a cornetto and then Bar Totò for a very good cappuccino.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #908 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • not bad but in need of renovation 29/06/2015
    • Amazing view and nice food 20/06/2015
    • Ristorante Roof Garden Hotel Forum Roma
    Address:
    Via Tor de' Conti 25
    Rome 00184
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6792446
    Price range:
    $41 - $108
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Roman Forum
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Judy E Says:

    Begin where Rome began. The Palatine is the legendary home of Romulus. Some of the findings here date back to the 10th century BC. Almost 1,000 years later, this was the coveted spot of the rich and powerful: emperors Augustus, Tiberius, and Nero, to name but a few. Come up to see the grand ruins and enjoy open spaces and views over the Circus Maximus, the Aventine Hill, and the Forum. Been there, done that? News! Some sections of the villas of Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia were restored and opened to the public in 2014, when the museum was remodeled. You can also see models of Iron Age huts that were built on this hill. Colorful fragments of marble and frescoes (wall paintings) also nod to the colors of Ancient Rome in the time of the emperors.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Archaeologia Card, valid for 7 days, includes entry to the Colosseum, Palatine, Roman Forum, Baths of Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili, and Cecilia Metella, plus 4 museums.
    • The newly opened rooms of the villas that were once occupied by Augustus and Livia allow you to walk the halls of emperors and see fragments of frescoes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ancient Mall 05/07/2015
    • Morning of Ruins 04/07/2015
    • Roman Forum
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53
    Rome 00186
    Italy
    Phone:
    (+39) 06 39967700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 - 18:15
    Other:
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    Colosseum
    Arenas & Stadiums, Historic Sites
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    Judy E Says:

    One of the great engineering wonders of the ancient world is enormous in both scale and ingenuity. The Flavian Amphitheater, better known as the Colosseum (Coliseum), is best experienced inside the theater. Step inside and imagine being one of some 50,000 or more spectators watching a show or gossiping under its arches. All kinds of spectacles took place here, including battles between gladiators.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A gourmet lunch or dinner at Aroma rooftop restaurant atop Palazzo Manfredi offers a stunning view of the Colosseum.
    • A visitor elevator operates between the ground and upper floors, but to experience the space as the Ancient Romans did, take the stairs.
    • Buy your ticket at the Palatine or Forum, where lines are shorter. For the Ipogeo (Hypogeum), best to reserve tickets in advance online.
    • Boost your energy with a drink or snack at one of the coffee bars near the tram tracks next to the Colosseum. I usually go to Gran Caffe Rossi Martini.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth the visit 05/07/2015
    • Panem et Circenses 05/07/2015
    • Colosseum
    Address:
    Piazza del Colosseo
    Rome 00184
    Italy
    Phone:
    (+39) 06 39967700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 - 18:15
    Other:
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    L'Asino d'Oro
    Restaurants
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    Judy E Says:

    L'Asino d'Oro offers delicious creative cuisine. Take a short walk to explore the narrow streets of the Monti neighborhood and then have a gourmet lunch here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • For al fresco (outdoor) dining below the Capitoline Museums, try Vecchia Roma, just downhill from Piazza Venezia at Piazza Campitelli
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #748 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great staff 24/06/2015
    • Excellent and different Italian restaurant 17/06/2015
    • L'Asino d'Oro
    Address:
    Via del Boschetto 73
    Rome 00184
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 (0)6 489 138 32
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    19:30 - 23:00
    Sat
    12:30 - 14:30
    Other:
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    Musei Capitolini
    Speciality Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    A stunning collection of antiquities and galleries of paintings make the Capitolini Museums a must. Not to be missed are the Dying Gladiator (aka Gaul), the bronze equestrian Marcus Aurelius in the circular gallery, paintings by Caravaggio and Guercino, and busts of emperors whose neighbors in adjoining rooms are gods and goddesses.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to save time and energy for Palazzo Nuovo, which is where the Dying Gladiator, busts of the emperors, and some of the key gods and goddesses are located.
    • When having lunch or dinner before or after a visit here, La Vecchia Roma restaurant in Piazza Campitelli is just down the hill and very convenient for pleasant outdoor dining.
    • This museum is in two main palaces. The ticket office and entrance are in Palazzo dei Conservatori, the south palace. Pick up a map on the way in.
    • The Caffarelli Terrace has a bar with a splendid view of Rome. Tables outside are served by waiters and have a separate menu and prices than inside, which is self-service.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very informative 02/07/2015
    • Beautiful Place, Beautiful Setting, Fantastic Histoy (and art) . . . 01/07/2015
    • Musei Capitolini
    Address:
    Piazza del Campidoglio 1
    Rome 00186
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 060608
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Piazza Navona
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Judy E Says:

    Visit the splashy Baroque fountains in Piazza Navona. In its center, the Four Rivers Fountain represents the world's major rivers of the known continents in the 17th century, with sculpted details including a horse, crocodile, and plants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Hotel Raphael rooftop terrace restaurant features organic cuisine, mostly vegetarian and fish. The view is splendid and the atmosphere is intimate.
    • Have a drink in the Piazza, though foodies will prefer to dine elsewhere.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walking in Rome : artists , street's life and dreaming in the night 05/07/2015
    • Visual feast 05/07/2015
    • Piazza Navona
    Phone:
    +390668192134
    Other:
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    Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
    Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Judy E Says:

    Three famous paintings remain in the very place for which they were originally commissioned. This French church has three stunning Caravaggio paintings situated in the Contarelli Chapel, each depicting a dramatic scene from the life of St. Matthew. The artist is famous for his dramatic use of 'chiaroscuro,' a contrast of light and dark, and for his keen expression of the human condition.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get a boost at Sant'Eustachio bar with a caffé (espresso) or cappuccino.
    • Parlez-vous français? Next door, Centre Saint-Louis offers a program of films and other events at the French cultural center.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • In the steps of Caravaggio 04/07/2015
    • LET BEAUTY INSIDE OUR SOUL 01/07/2015
    • Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
    Address:
    Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi
    Rome 00186
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 688271
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    15:00 - 19:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 - 12:30
    Other:
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    Pantheon
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Judy E Says:

    One of the great buildings of the world, the harmonious Pantheon is an architectural marvel. I simply enjoy being part of its space. Explore details including the oculus ('eye hole' in the dome) and the marble drain holes on the floor. When rains, it rains inside! In a city where it's hard to claim favorites, this is my favorite building in Rome.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Pantheon is also a church. During Mass (Sundays, holidays) certain areas may be off limits.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Circle of light 05/07/2015
    • Look on Magrippa's works oh you plebeians and be in no doubt of who is in charge ! 04/07/2015
    • Pantheon
    Address:
    Piazza della Rotonda
    Rome 00186
    Italy
    Phone:
    0039 06 68300230
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    8:30 - 19:30
    Other:
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    Largo di Torre Argentina
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Judy E Says:

    Largo di Torre Argentina, known by Romans more simply as Largo Argentina, contains the ruins of some of Rome's oldest temples. Look for the entrance to Pompey's theater where Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44BC. This ancient sacred area is now a sanctuary that protects and cares for cats.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Are you spending too much time looking at art and not enough time creating? Visit Poggi, a wonderland of art supplies for students and professionals since 1825.
    • Stop for ice cream at Gelateria Corona (Largo Arenula 27) near the tram tracks. The excellent gelato flavors range from traditional to seasonal specialties.
    • Stroll through the Jewish Ghetto and on to the Forum Boarium, which hosts the Temple of Hercules, among other ancient temples. Stop at the Bocca della Verità, Mouth of Truth.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #179 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Where Caesar was killed... possibly. 01/07/2015
    • Ruins of Temples 25/06/2015
    • Largo di Torre Argentina
    Address:
    Via Florida
    Rome
    Italy
    Other:
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    Bistrot Giuda Ballerino
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Judy E Says:

    If it's summer, don't miss dinner on Tiber Island in the Tuscolano area, sitting at an outdoor table as the Tiber River whooshes by. In 2013 the dining level of the summer taverns improved dramatically when Giuda Ballerino opened, and in 2014 they added a level of gourmet dining and service that earned Andrea Fusco a Michelin star. I tend to order fish dishes here, but there are delicious options for carnivores and vegetarians too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The tasting menus are good value.
    • Budget diners can choose the more informal bistro or even order takeout, from burgers with Jack Daniels sauce to traditional Roman fritti with fried fish and vegetables.
    • Not in Rome during the summer? Head for Glass Hostaria in Trastevere instead.
    • Don't forget the wine, a good selection is offered and priced well. Ask Romolo to match his wines with each course.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5,351 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    • Giuda Ballerino- Delicious creative cuisine in Rome on Tiber Island 03/09/2014
    • Very tasty, simple food of high quality 01/09/2014
    • Bistrot Giuda Ballerino
    Address:
    Isola Del Cinema
    Rome
    Italy
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 14:30
    Thu - Tue
    20:00 - 22:30
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    Glass Hostaria
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Judy E Says:

    This stylish gourmet dining spot is situated across the Tiber River in lively Trastevere. Choose cuisine in a modern or traditional tone. Lobster with aromatic salad and mango, dusted with Calabrian hot pepper, perhaps? Or opt for seasonal splendors like an all-truffle menu. If that isn't enough to make you swoon, check out the New Year's Eve menu. Chef Cristina Bowerman ditched her international law career to switch to the world of food. The verdict? Delicious! Her creative flair pleases finicky international diners, as well as Romans who like to experiment.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Need a budget option? Have a pizza. This neighborhood has plenty of "pizzerie."
    • Glass Hostaria was awarded a Michelin star in 2010. Reserve in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #802 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something special 02/07/2015
    • Delicious, creative meal! 22/06/2015
    • Glass Hostaria
    Address:
    58 Vicolo del Cinque
    Rome 00153
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 58335903
    Price range:
    $56 - $78
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    19:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Colle del Gianicolo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Parks, Lighthouses
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    Judy E Says:

    Play 'find the dome' and search for other Rome landmarks up on the hillside perch of the Gianicolo. In the summer, this is the scene for an evening drink at outdoor lounges, open until 1am or so. The Janiculum Hill is where Romans traditionally would flee the summer heat in the center. It's also an escape from the noise. I love it for the panoramic city view, beautiful by day or night. On a clear day you can see the mountains. Easiest to spot in the city: stately white Villa Medici and the round Pantheon dome.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Back in the center, have a night view of the Spanish Steps and a partial view of Trevi Fountain.
    • A canon on the Janiculum Hill that booms at noon daily was once a handy way for Romans to synchronize time. You can hear it in the center, too.
    • You can walk up from Trastevere or pick up bus #115, a circular route.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenary 03/07/2015
    • Good views, difficult to find 29/06/2015
    • Colle del Gianicolo
    Address:
    Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi
    Passeggiata Del Gianicolo
    Rome 00165
    Italy
  • Day 2
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    Campo de' Fiori
    Neighbourhoods
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    Judy E Says:

    Food, glorious food! Campo de' Fiori market is the perfect spot to dive into the ingredients of Roman cuisine, from the fruit and vegetable stands to the butchers and bakers. Enjoy the play of color and begin to learn some of the words for food items. In winter and spring, watch the women expertly trimming the Roman artichokes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Visit in the morning from about 7am to 1pm. Avoid Sunday, when the regular fruit and vegetable vendors close and touristy stands take their place.
    • Explore the butcher shops, bread bakeries, and fish vendors nearby. The "forno" (bakery) is a good source for a snack to go.
    • Skip those little bottles of flavored oils and liqueurs as well as the colored pastas on display here. They are not made with quality ingredients and only tourists buy them.
    • The corner forno sells pizza by the slice: mozzarella with zucchini flowers and anchovies, eggplant with tomato sauce, and mozzarella with porcini mushrooms.
    • Check the Cinema Farnese schedule to see if they are showing any films in the original language version (v.o. = versione originale).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #127 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Music and fun 05/07/2015
    • Nice little market getting the attention 04/07/2015
    • Campo de' Fiori
    Address:
    Piazza di Campo de' Fiori
    Rome 00186
    Italy
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    I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Judy E Says:

    Have a Sicilian breakfast at Nonna Vincenza. The combination of a fresh buttery brioche with pistachio granita (ice) is heavenly.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Buy a chunk of almond paste and use it to make almond milk. The women at the counter will tell you how to do it.
    • Buy cakes and other sweets here, too. Handy for birthdays or special celebrations.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #195 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yum. Yum yum yum. 03/07/2015
    • A great treat 03/07/2015
    • I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza
    Address:
    Via dell'Arco del Monte, 98a
    Vicino Campo de Fiori
    Rome 00186
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 9259 4322
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Castel Sant'Angelo
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Castles, Cemeteries
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    Judy E Says:

    Dungeons, tombs, papal chambers, canons, armor, temporary exhibits, and an angel at the top are all here to explore in this round castle, which began as Emperor Hadrian's design for his tomb. A secret passageway, the 'passetto,' links the castle with the Vatican apartments. Summer evenings offer concerts on the terraces. In winter, an ice skating rink goes up outside.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Picnic in the park. On summer evenings, temporary food stands are set up outside.
    • For lunch or a snack, cross the Angel Bridge for a scenic walk to Via del Panico 6, where Boulangerie MP bakes excellent bread and pizza, as well as meat and vegan dishes.
    • Don't miss a drink at the bar, which has small tables along the circular walk, some with window views of the Vatican and Prati.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Music and fireworks 05/07/2015
    • Brilliant 04/07/2015
    • Castel Sant'Angelo
    Address:
    Lungotevere Castello 50
    Rome 00193
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 32810 - 06 6896003
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 - 19:30
    Other:
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    Vatican Museums
    Religious Sites, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Judy E Says:

    The Vatican Museums have a collection of some of the world's best art. Not only is the area vast, but so is the subject matter displayed. The Sistine Chapel, Belvedere Court, Raphael Rooms, and Rotunda filled with sculptures vie for space with mummies, ancient gods and goddesses, heroes and villains, Etruscans, animal sculptures, and saints. Visitors on a single busy day can number 25,000 or more. You can't see these museums in a month, much less a day, so just head for the areas that inspire. Priority for most is the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo's Seven Days of Creation (ceiling) and Universal Judgment (entrance wall). It is the last thing you see as you pass through, so be sure to savor all that you see on the way there.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book ahead to avoid lines and for tours of the gardens or the evocative Via Triumphalis Necropolis of underground tombs. Allow an extra hour or more for each.
    • Museum food service has improved in recent years, but for more fun, explore the nearby Prati neighborhood where Romans live and shop.
    • Avoid bringing backpacks or large bags inside, as you will be required to check them. This complex is enormous and backtracking makes it more so.
    • Don't miss the post office for Vatican postage stamps (inside the museums as well as in St. Peter's Square), much appreciated by collectors.
    • Talking is not allowed in the Sistine Chapel. Look for posters of the chapel that are posted around the courtyards and corridors to discuss beforehand what you are going to see.
    • During peak times, some museum sections may be closed off and security staff can suddenly reroute visitors to control crowd flow.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 31 things to do in Vatican City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Vatican museum is not just for Sistine chapel 04/07/2015
    • Beautiful, but no AC - stifling in the summer 04/07/2015
    • Vatican Museums
    Address:
    Viale Vaticano
    Vatican City 00120
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 69884676
    Other:
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    St. Peter's Basilica
    Speciality Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    The world's largest and most important of the Roman Catholic churches, St. Peter's is a major destination for religious pilgrims. For everyone, it offers major works of art, including the Pietà by Michelangelo, and important architecture to explore. I love to climb the dome up to the very top.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • When the pope offers Mass, some areas will be off limits.
    • Vatican postage stamps can be purchased at the post offices on each side of St. Peter's Square and are much appreciated by collectors.
    • Climbing the dome is my favorite way to experience the basilica, but adds at least an additional hour. You can climb all 551 steps or take the elevator and then climb 320 steps.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Vatican City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get here at 7 am to void line up 05/07/2015
    • Overwhelming and moving experience 05/07/2015
    • St. Peter's Basilica
    Address:
    Piazza di San Pietro
    Vatican City 00120
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6988 3731
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Romeo
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Judy E Says:

    Creative cuisine or delicious panini, take your pick. Romeo Chef and Baker is near the Vatican in the neighborhood of Prati, a good spot for a gourmet lunch or dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For a quicker treat, counter service at Romeo offers reasonably priced fresh tasty panini (sandwiches).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2,913 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    • Romeo is a lively neighborhood restaurant with atmosphere, good service and good food. 19/06/2015
    • Expensive and mediocre 01/06/2015
    • Romeo
    Address:
    via silla 26/A
    Rome
    Italy
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 - 0:30
    Other:
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    Museo dell'Ara Pacis
    Speciality Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    The Peace Altar of Emperor Augustus is inside a building designed by U.S. architect Richard Meier, a pleasing union of ancient and modern architecture. The lower level also hosts major art exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For those short on time or on a budget, you can look at the Peace Altar through the windows to see how Meier integrated the building with it and the neighborhood.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #245 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    • Too expensive 04/07/2015
    • Great place to cool off after shopping at Via del Corso 21/06/2015
    • Museo dell'Ara Pacis
    Address:
    Lungotevere Augusta
    Rome 00186
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39-06-06-08
    Other:
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    Piazza del Popolo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Judy E Says:

    Piazza del Popolo is a vast square and was one of the main entry points to Rome by Via Flaminia, bordered to the west by the Tiber River and to the east by Villa Borghese. The obelisk was brought from Egypt to Rome by order of Emperor Augustus. Near the gate, the church of Santa Maria del Popolo has stunning paintings by Caravaggio and Pinturicchio.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For a tranquil, green break from city life, climb the Pincio Hill toward Villa Borghese park.
    • The Piazza del Popolo gate leads toward the Flaminio neighborhood. The Tram 2 line begins here, handy for visiting MAXXI and Auditorium Parco della Musica.
    • Also on the Pincio, visit Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome, for its noteworthy art exhibits, film programs and concerts. Elegant gardens and upstairs bar.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Classic Rome 04/07/2015
    • Nice square 03/07/2015
    • Piazza del Popolo
    Address:
    Piazza del Popolo
    Rome 48121
    Italy
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    L'Arancia Blu
    Restaurants (Italian, Vegetarian)
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    Judy E Says:

    Arancia Blu offers sumptuous vegetarian cuisine that also lures meat eaters, also due in part to Fabio's interesting wine selection. The intimate space and nice service makes for a lovely dinner. For a good sample of the cuisine, order the excellent tasting menu and ask Fabio to pair wines with each course.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Arancia Blu is a good pre- or post-concert spot, usually open to about midnight or so. Best to reserve. It's easy to get to MAXXI and Auditorium on Tram 2 (Apollodoro stop).
    • Italian speakers can book art night dinners, where historian Vittorio De Bonis holds court in his stream of consciousness style.
    • Arancia Blu is a great, affordable spot for wine tasting at lunch, with five or so of Fabio's well chosen wines offered each day.
    • The Arancia Blu lunch special is a bargain with three gourmet vegetarian or vegan courses, attracting local business clientele.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4,508 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    • Very good 24/06/2015
    • So-So 15/06/2015
    • L'Arancia Blu
    Address:
    via Cesare Beccaria 3
    Rome 00196
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 3610801
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 0:00
    Other:
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    Auditorium - Parco della Musica
    Theatres
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    Judy E Says:

    Music presents no language barrier. A wide range of music from classic to jazz, pop, folk, and experimental is offered in this modern complex designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. (Architects Piano and Meier designed the two main buildings of the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.) Dance and theater are sometimes offered too, and this is the main site for the annual Rome Film Festival in October.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Rome Film Festival is usually held in October, with screenings at Auditorium and elsewhere.
    • In winter, a pleasant ice rink is set up out front, while in summer there are outdoor concerts.
    • An outdoor stage is added in the Cavea in the summer.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • when in Rome the Auditorium is a Must See (close to Maxxi) 09/04/2015
    • Most marvelous music hall 10/02/2015
    • Auditorium - Parco della Musica
    Address:
    Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30
    Rome 00196
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 80241281
    Other:
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    MAXXI - Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo
    Speciality Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    MAXXI, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, is full of interesting spaces to explore. View the exterior and then step into the lobby. See her unique interpretations of space for this museum which is dedicated to the design and architecture of the 21st century. The quality of temporary exhibitions can be inconsistent, but some are stunning. Check for film programs and other events, too.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Flaminio neighborhood's best ice cream is at Gelateria Neve di Latte, near the tram tracks behind MAXXI. The Amadei chocolate flavor is my favorite.
    • Architecture and sports buffs can walk around the neighborhood to see structures designed and built for Rome's 1960s Olympics.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #300 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    • Monument for the architect ego 26/05/2015
    • Fascinating architecture! 16/05/2015
    • MAXXI - Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo
    Address:
    Via Guido Reni 4A
    Rome 00196
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 320 2438
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Fri
    11:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Cinema Dei Piccoli
    Movie Theatres
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    Judy E Says:

    I love this historic 1934 cinema set in the tiny green house in Villa Borghese park. Daytime is devoted to children's 'piccoli' (films). In the evening one or two international films are shown in the original language, like Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive.'

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Cinema dei Piccoli is usually closed on Tuesdays. Phone for the most up-to-date information.
    • Take a stroll on nearby Via Veneto, once the scene for La Dolce Vita in Italy. The stars have moved on, but the street is still here.
    • For original language films, also check Cinema Barberini, which usually screens a current film in English.
    • For the evening program, look at "sera" (evening) and "oggi" (today) for the screenings, usually at 8 or 8:30pm and again around 10pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 52 Fun & Games in Rome
    • Charming historic Cinema dei Piccoli screens films in original language 26/11/2014
    • Cinema de piccoli 31/03/2015
    • Cinema Dei Piccoli
    Address:
    Viale della Pineta, 15
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    + 39 06 8553485
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    17:00 - 22:30
    Sat - Sun
    15:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Judy E Says:

    Circus Maximus, site of chariot races in Ancient Rome, will appeal primarily to history buffs or film fans who want to see where 'Ben Hur' and similar films were set. Just up the road is the entrance to Appia Antica, the Appian Way, a good starting point for a day of sightseeing.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Campagna Amica market is held nearby on Via di San Teodoro on weekends. The farmers are local, from the region around Rome. Browse or pick up picnic fixings.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #438 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    • Stepping back in Roman times 03/07/2015
    • Chariots of fire? 30/06/2015
    • Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)
    Address:
    Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo
    Rome 00153
    Italy
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    Ancient Appian Way
    Ancient Ruins
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    Judy E Says:

    Begun in the 4th century BC, this romantic and historic road is paved with basalt stones, and stretches of this road still have a bucolic pastoral backdrop. Elsewhere it is dotted with exclusive villas, some still occupied today and others in ruins, like former home of Emperor Commodus Villa Quintilli. The Appian Way is best experienced on a Sunday when it is closed to most car traffic. However, anytime this ancient road merits a visit for its link to ancient times.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Rent bikes in town at Collalti near Campo de' Fiori or elsewhere and have a bike day in Rome (best on Sunday when some streets are blocked to auto traffic).
    • Several of Rome's major catacombs are in this area.
    • Walk or rent bikes and pick up a map in the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • walk like a roman..... 02/07/2015
    • Way! 30/06/2015
    • Ancient Appian Way
    Address:
    via Appia Antica
    Rome 00178
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 513 5316
    Other:
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    Villa of the Quintilii
    Ancient Ruins
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    Judy E Says:

    Seized by Emperor Commodus for his own use, in its day Villa dei Quintili was the largest villa in the area outside of Rome. Wander the grounds to get a sense of scale. Imagine commanding the empire from here and having a good soak in its thermal baths. A small museum is at the main entrance, and on the opposite side of the grounds, the medieval structures near the Appia Antica gates have been restored. Inquire about opening hours.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The secondary entrance is at Via Appia Antica 290. If that is closed, use the main entrance at Via Appia Nuova 1092.
    • To get here: Metro A to Colli Albani connects to bus #664.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating Roman Villa with an Amazing Story 06/05/2015
    • Walk back in time as you stroll through this mamouth private home in the suburbs of Rome 26/03/2015
    • Villa of the Quintilii
    Address:
    Via Appia Nuova 1092
    Rome 00 178
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 39967700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 3:00
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    Cinecitta Si Mostra - Shows Off
    Sightseeing Tours, Visitor Centres
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    Judy E Says:

    Cinecittà, sometimes called Hollywood on the Tiber, is where many films have been made in Rome. See sets from 'Rome' (BBC) and 'Gangs of New York' (Scorscese) as well as costumes from 'Cleopatra' and Fellini's 'Amarcord.' This experience is nothing like a highly organized Universal Studios tour. Rather, the laid-back nature and retro feel make it quite charming. Sometimes you have access to the same bars as the actors, if any are around that day, but if filming is in progress, some areas may also be off limits. Children and those who are not film buffs may be bored, but enthusiasts will get a thrill out of stepping into 'The Dream Factory.'

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Have a coffee at the 1930s bar.
    • Avoid Tuesdays when sets are cleaned and updated. (Filming and recent financial woes may affect the hours that this site is open to the public.)
    • Metro A, Cinecittà stop is right in front of the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 17 Traveller Resources in Rome
    • Fascinating insight 27/06/2015
    • Great sets from 'Rome' TV series 19/05/2015
    • Cinecitta Si Mostra - Shows Off
    Address:
    Via Tuscolana 1055
    Rome 00173
    Italy
    Other:
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    Osteria Giuda Ballerino!
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Judy E Says:

    Gourmet fare near the glamour of film studios and Ancient Roman aqueducts. At Giuda Ballerino, a worthwhile detour from Rome's center, you can have it all. Excellent food, attention to detail, and attentive service make Giuda Ballerino worth a deviation from the tourist tracks. Andrea's tasting menu and Romolo's wines add up to a splurge that is good value (and shows why they earned a Michelin star). The lovely, well-priced wines are from famous wineries plus many smaller producers. The osteria, a separate dining area from the restaurant, also offers delicious fare with a casual ambiance and economical menu that lures local families.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You will find meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes here.
    • For more familiar fare, the "Black Angus Hamburger" includes a version with a Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. They make their own buns for the burgers.
    • The owners are avid collectors of comics. "Giuda ballerino!" was a frequent exclamation in the comic, Dylan Dog.
    • The formal restaurant is open only in the evening. The informal osteria serves both lunch and dinner.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,107 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Michelin-star rated restaurant in Rome 04/01/2015
    • Great as ever! 11/07/2014
    • Osteria Giuda Ballerino!
    Address:
    Largo Appio Claudio, 344
    Rome 00174
    Italy
    Phone:
    06-71584807
    Price range:
    $30 - $45
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 14:30
    Thu - Tue
    20:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Parco degli Acquedotti
    Parks, Ancient Ruins
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    Judy E Says:

    Ride bikes or hike past enormous aqueducts that date back to the first century AD, the times of Emperor Claudius. This is one of several aqueduct systems that, through clever Roman engineering, transported water to a thirsty city. This is a perfect activity for a Sunday, when the nearby ancient Appia Antica is closed to outside car traffic, although you can come on any day. Parco devil Acquedotti offers the unique opportunity to walk, bike, or picnic while the Ancient Roman aqueducts form a backdrop.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To get here: take Metro A to Subaugusta or Giulio Agricola station.
    • Aqueducts Park entrance is at Via Lemonia, 256.
    • Bring a picnic or dine at Giuda Ballerino.
    • Rent bikes from Gazebike, or look for bike rental points on Via Appia Antica.
    • Many roads in Rome are narrow and must share space with cars and motorcycles. When the road is narrow, ride single file.
    • Experienced cyclists can ride in from the city center, renting bikes at Collalti or other points. Get an early start. Rome's local traffic revs up just before lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing park with cool aqueducts 21/06/2015
    • Prepare to be Wowed!! 01/06/2015
    • Parco degli Acquedotti
    Address:
    Via Lemonia, 256
    Rome 00174
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 513 5316 ‎
    Other:
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    Pyramid of Cestius
    Historic Sites, Cemeteries, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    Judy E Says:

    The Ancient Romans had their own antiquities craze, which often looked to the grandeur of Ancient Egypt. Near the Piramide Metro stop, see the Pyramid of Cestius built in the first century BC by a Roman determined to bring the grandeur of Egyptian pyramids to Rome, albeit on a much smaller scale, by building his own.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the Metro to Piramide-Ostiense.
    • Literary fans might want to make a detour to the non-Catholic (aka Protestant) cemetery to visit the graves of Keats and Shelley.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #305 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
    • A Curious Oddity 02/07/2015
    • Roman Pyramid 24/06/2015
    • Pyramid of Cestius
    Address:
    Via Raffaele Persichetti
    Rome 00153
    Italy
    Hours:
    Sat
    10:00 - 12:00
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    Ostia Antica
    Ancient Ruins, Visitor Centres
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    Judy E Says:

    Ostia Antica offers a fascinating look at the ruins of what was once a bustling port city. The grounds are quite extensive, but even a visit to part of the archaeological site will give a glimpse into the ancient world. A theater, taverns, mosaics, temples, baths, and even a small museum all show different aspects of life. If you don't have time to visit Pompeii, this is a good place in Rome to time travel outdoors.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a swimsuit to have a swim. Some of the Ostia Lido beach establishments also have swimming pools.
    • Have dinner in Ostia. The formal Vecchia Pineta is a bastion of tradition in a retro 1930s beach building specializing in fish dishes.
    • From Piramide train station (aka Porta San Paolo), take the Rome-Lido train to Ostia Antica, the Ancient Roman port city.
    • Instead of returning straight back to Rome, take the train to Lido Centro, the beach at Ostia. Gaze at the Mediterranean Sea, perhaps at sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Ostia Antica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Area 05/07/2015
    • Rome's answer to Pompeii 04/07/2015
    • Ostia Antica
    Address:
    Viale dei Romagnoli 717
    Ostia Antica 00119
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 5635 8099
    Other:
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    Bramante Terrace at Hotel Raphael
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Judy E Says:

    A rooftop dinner in summer at Hotel Raphael's Bramante Terrace is a divine way to conclude a day of sightseeing. The dome of the nearby church seems close enough to touch. Chef Jean Luc Fruneau selects the finest ingredients with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic ingredients for his vegetarian menu. In cooler weather, book lunch here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Raphael's Bramante Terrace is only open during the warmer months, otherwise service is downstairs in the Picasso Restaurant.
    • For a budget-minded dinner, brusque and noisy Da Francesco is at nearby Piazza del Fico.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,115 of 8,379 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An unforgetable view of Rome - pity about the vegeterian and vegan menu 23/06/2015
    • Great Service, good drinks and a tad expensive 15/05/2015
    • Bramante Terrace at Hotel Raphael
    Address:
    Largo Febo 2
    Rome 00186
    Italy
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