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Top Things To Do In Rome

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Wondering what to do in Rome?

Italy’s capital is an artistic, architectural splendor with a 3000-year-old cityscape the wonder of which isn’t matched anywhere on earth. Whether you want to try homely cuisine at humble family-run trattorias, uncover hidden treasures from millennia past, or bask in the city’s breathtakingly beautiful architecture, Rome is a paradise for every type of traveler. Italy’s Eternal City may be an open-air museum, but some of the best things to do in Rome are surprisingly modern. Take a twilight cruise along the River Tiber and watch the city’s ancient streets become abuzz with locals meeting up for aperitivo before heading off to cool cocktail bars and late-night clubs.

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Local guide taking a couple of tourists on a historical tour through Rome
Tangible history

From the Pantheon to Vatican City, the Colosseum to Trevi Fountain, Rome is a wonder of the ancient world. The places to visit and things to do in Rome span millennia, with perfectly preserved attractions from countless eras all concentrated here in the city. Baroque facades, frescoed churches, and ancient art are around every corner, with masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael adorning the city center. With such a rich history, it’s no surprise the city’s treasure-filled museums are some of the most spectacular in the world and should top any list of things to do in Rome.

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Local guide sharing a typical Italian meal with tourists while on a food tour of Rome
Culinary heritage

Simple yet satisfying, pretty yet unpretentious, Roman food has greatly evolved over the centuries. From simple cacio e pepe pasta at a no-frills family-run trattoria to a three-course ristorante dinner done the modern Italian way, the food in Rome is still a celebration of the Italian culinary tradition. The things to do in Rome that revolve around food – savoring a warm cornetto con crema and cappuccino at a cobbled café, grabbing a snack of fried artichokes and zucchini flowers, sitting down for a hearty, slow-cooked stew – are all quintessential parts of the local lifestyle.

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Tourists walking down a cobblestone road with a local guide on a tour of Rome's hidden gems
Lesser-known landmarks

Between landmarks like the Sistine Chapel and ancient archeological ruins, Rome has more iconic attractions than you could squeeze into a month – but its hidden gems are equally worth exploring. When you’re looking for things to do in Rome, heading off the tourist trail can reveal unexpected sides of the city. From Gothic-era gems like St Maria Sopra Minerva Basilica and the creepy Capuchin Crypt to subterranean wine cellars and magical corners of the city immortalized in classic novels (and an old café where the poets Byron and Keats once sat), the things to do in Rome are incredibly diverse.

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