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Things to do in Rome

A stroll through the Roman Forum evokes ancient Rome, as does the majesty of the Colosseum and the Pantheon, all in the historic centre. Follow pilgrims to the breathtaking treasures of The Vatican Museums. Rome's narrow alleys and hidden churches are revealed along the Tiber in Trastevere. A coin tossed into the Trevi Fountain ensures you will return. Charges apply to most sights; hours vary and can change at short notice.

San Nicolà in Carcere, on the Secret Rome walking tour. Courtesy of Through Eternity Tours

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. The Vatican Museums - Museums and Galleries

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    Inside the Gallery of the Maps at the Vatican Museums in Vatican City, Rome, Italy

    The Vatican Museums, in Vatican City, make up the world's largest museum complex. Over 1,000 rooms are filled with a bewildering array of masterpieces commissioned or collected by successive Popes. Michelangelo's Last Judgement adorns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.Show this on map

    Cost

    €14; under-14s €8; free last Sun of the month

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (admission until 4pm); Sun various

    Address

    Viale Vaticano, Città del Vaticano, Rome 00120

    Telephone

    +39 06 6988 3332

    Transport

    Cipro Musei Vaticano metro station

    Website

    Vatican Website

  2. 2. Galleria Borghese - Museums and Galleries

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    Galleria Borghese, Rome. Courtesy of APT Rome

    The Galleria Borghese, housed in an elegant marble villa in the Villa Borghese park, contains masterpieces collected by the powerful nephew of Pope Paul V, Cardinal Scipione. Paintings and sculptures by masters like Botticelli, Caravaggio and Bernini are on display.Show this on map

    Cost

    €8.50; concessions €5.25

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 8.30am-7.30pm

    Address

    5, Piazzale Scipione Borghese, Rome 00197

    Telephone

    +39 06 841 3979

    Transport

    Spagna Metro station

    Website

    Galleria Borghese Website

  3. 3. National Gallery of Modern Art - Museums and Galleries

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    National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Modern Art

    Housed in a palazzo in the Villa Borghese park, the National Gallery of Modern Art, contains 19th- and 20th-century works by artists such as Monet, Cezanne and the Macchiaioli - the Italian Impressionists. The gardens contain sculptures, including Canova masterpieces.Show this on map

    Cost

    €10; under-18s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 8.30am-7.15pm

    Address

    131, Viale delle Belle Arti, Rome 00196

    Telephone

    +39 06 322981

    Transport

    Flaminio Metro station

    Website

    Beni Culturali Website

Attractions

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  1. 4. Hadrian's Villa - Attractions

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    Hadrian's Villa, Rome. © De Agostini Picture Library

    Hadrian's Villa, in Tivoli, was Emperor Hadrian's favourite residence and epitomised luxury. Today, visitors wander through the romantic ruins with its temples, pools and bath houses. The vistas across to his island retreat provide beautiful respite from Rome's bustle.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6.50; under-18s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-one hour before sunset

    Address

    204, Via di Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Rome 00019

    Telephone

    +39 06 39967900

    Transport

    Tivoli train station

    Website

    Hadiran's Villa Website

  2. 5. Trevi Fountain - Attractions

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    Tourists toss coins in the Trevi Fountain for good luck and a return to the city in Rome, Italy

    The Trevi Fountain, in central Rome, depicts Neptune's chariot pulled by winged horses. This baroque masterpiece by Nicola Salvi was immortalised in Fellini's film La Dolce Vita. Throw a coin into the waters to ensure your return to Rome.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Piazza di Trevi, Rome 00187

    Transport

    Barberini Metro station

  3. 6. Roman Forum - Attractions

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    Panoramic of the Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill, Rome, Italy

    The ruins of the Roman Forum are the centrepiece of Rome's historic centre. This was the political, economic and religious centre of ancient Rome, filled with magnificent public buildings. Visitors stroll to the Curia, where Julius Caesar met the senators.Show this on map

    Cost

    €9 (+ €3 for temporary exhibitions); concessions €4.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.30am-one hour before sunset

    Address

    Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00184

    Telephone

    +39 06 3996 7700

    Transport

    Colosseo Metro station

    Website

    Pierreci Website

  4. 7. Pantheon - Attractions

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    Looking up at dome in the Pantheon, Rome, Italy

    Hadrian's temple to the gods, the Pantheon in central Rome is extraordinarily well-preserved. Visitors stand inside and gaze up at the skies through the oculus, the nine-metre hole in the dome, then pay homage at Renaissance artist Raphael's tomb.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 8.30am-7.30pm; Sun 9am-6pm

    Address

    Piazza della Rotonda, Rome 00186

    Telephone

    +39 06 683 00230

    Transport

    Bus 87 to Senato

  5. 8. Colosseum - Attractions

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    A view inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

    The Colosseum offers an unrivalled insight into life in ancient Rome. This stadium, which seated 50,000 people, dominates the historic centre. Crowds came to watch brutal gladiatorial contests, naval battles and the slaughter of wild animals.Show this on map

    Cost

    €9 (+ €3 for temporary exhibitions); concessions €4.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.30am-one hour before sunset

    Address

    Piazza del Colosseo, Rome 00184

    Telephone

    +39 06 399 67700

    Transport

    Colosseo Metro station

    Website

    Pierreci Website

  6. 9. St Peter's Basilica - Attractions

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    St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome. Photo by Shyamla Eswaran, © Whatsonwhen

    Situated inside the Vatican City in Rome, the marble-floored St Peter's Basilica is amongst the largest churches (with the largest brick dome) ever constructed. It features the works of some of the greatest Renaissance artists, including Bernini and Giotto.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Oct-Mar: daily 7am-6.30pm; Apr-Sep: daily 7am-7pm

    Address

    Piazza San Pietro, Rome 00120

    Telephone

    +39 06 69883731

    Transport

    Metro Line A to Ottaviano or Cipro-Musei Vaticani

    Website

    Vatican Website

  7. 10. Santa Maria in Trastevere - Attractions

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    Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome. Photo by Vito Arcomano, © Fototeca ENIT

    Santa Maria in Trastevere dates back to 1138. There's been a church on this site since the 4th century. Visitors step inside to admire the 13th-century gold mosaics and sniff the incense-laden air.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-8pm

    Address

    Piazza Santa Maria, Trastevere, Rome 00153

    Telephone

    +39 06 581 4802

    Transport

    Tram 8

  8. 11. Keats-Shelley House - Attractions

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    Keats-Shelley House, Rome. Courtesy of Keats-Shelley House

    Keats-Shelley House, beside the Spanish Steps, is where Romantic poet John Keats died, aged 25. Now a literary museum, its Victorian interiors are filled with manuscripts and memorabilia - including a lock of Milton's hair.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €3; under-6s free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm; Sat 11am-2pm & 3pm-6pm

    Address

    26, Piazza di Spagna, Rome 00187

    Telephone

    +39 06 678 4235

    Transport

    Spagna Metro station

    Website

    Keats-Shelley House Website

  9. 12. Piazza Navona - Attractions

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    Piazza Navona, Rome. Courtesy of APT Rome

    Bustling Piazza Navona in central Rome, is perfect for people-watching. Built in the 15th century, its lavish fountains and open-air bars make this a popular meeting point, where Romans sip lattes and browse for bargains from street traders.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Rome 00186

    Transport

    Electric bus 116T to Corso del Rinascimento

Special things to do

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  1. 13. Secret Rome - Special things to do

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    San Nicolà in Carcere, on the Secret Rome walking tour. Courtesy of Through Eternity Tours

    Visitors uncover Rome's hidden treasures on the Through Eternity Secret Rome walking tour, which starts from the Piazza della Repubblica in the city centre. Churches, Byzantine mosaics, frescoes and archaeological finds, overlooked by most, are revealed here.Show this on map

    Cost

    €30 per person

    Opening hours

    Check tour times when booking

    Address

    Rome 00184

    Transport

    Repubblica Metro station

    Website

    Through Eternity Tours Website

  2. 14. Catacombs of San Callisto - Special things to do

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    Catacombs of San Callisto, Rome. Courtesy of APT Rome

    The Catacombs of San Callisto are in south-east Rome on the Via Appia Antica. Six popes are buried in this maze of tunnels, that extends 20km and dates back to 2AD. Both frescoes and ancient graffiti adorn the walls.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6; concessions €3

    Opening hours

    Thu-Tue 9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm; closed in Feb

    Address

    110, Via Appia Antica, Rome 00179

    Telephone

    +39 06 513 01580

    Transport

    Bus 218 to Fosse Ardeatine

    Website

    Catacombs of San Callisto Website

  3. 15. Isola Tiberina - Special things to do

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    Isola Tiberina, Rome. Courtesy of Through Eternity Tours

    The boat-shaped Isola Tiberina (Tiberina Island) sits in the River Tiber, connected to Trastevere via Cestio bridge. Once home to the Temple of Aesculapius, today visitors have a 10th-century church to visit. In summer the Cinema Festival takes place here.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Rome 00186

    Transport

    Tram 8 to Trastevere

    Website

    Isola Tiberia Website

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