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Palazzo Doria Pamphili

Palazzo Doria Pamphili

This is a 17th-century villa surrounded by the largest landscaped public park in Rome. It is located in the Monteverde district, on the Gianicolo hill (Janiculum in Latin), within the city walls of Rome where the ancient Via Aurelia... More Read More

Villa Borghese Park

Villa Borghese Park

If the sun is shining and you want to escape the hustle of the city centre, climb the Spanish Steps (or take the escalator from Spagna metro) for the Villa Borghese. A vast expanse of greenery, this is Rome’s most central park. It... More Read More

Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

Don’t be put off by the queues snaking down Viale Vaticano – they move quickly. The museums display works from the vast collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church down the centuries including some of the most renowned... More Read More

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Food & Drink

El Toula

El Toula

A stone’s throw from the Pantheon, this elegant and luxurious restaurant boasts vaulted ceilings and antique furniture. The Venetian cuisine prepared under the direction of chef Fabrizio Leggiero includes seafood such as compote of... More Read More

Il Simposio

Il Simposio

The décor is a little old-fashioned at this eatery inside an upmarket wine bar, though it suits the old-world, attentive service and classical cooking. You can try delights such as risotto with red wine, Treviso radish and Roccaverano... More Read More

Il Sanpietrino

Il Sanpietrino

In the heart of the old Jewish ghetto this friendly restaurant, now run by younger di Mauro family member Valerio, serves a mix of Roman, Sicilian, and Abruzzese cuisine. The anchovy rissoles, aubergine pasta with ricotta, and spaghetti... More Read More

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Kids

Time Elevator

Time Elevator

A surround-screen 3D experience takes kids on a trip through centuries of Roman history. It’s only a 30-minute ride, but could help as an introduction to the city that will keep kids interested through all the sightseeing to follow.... More Read More

Planetarium and Museo Civiltà Romana

Planetarium and Museo Civiltà Romana

Rome’s planetarium shares space with the Museum of Roman Civilisation, which explores the history of the city, and includes some lovely models of ancient Rome. The astronomical museum functions as a theatre, taking you on a tour from... More Read More

The Janiculum Hill

The Janiculum Hill

The hill that soars above Trastevere and the Vatican provides a breathtaking view of the whole city; there’s a little coffee bar here where you can stop and have a drink, too. For children, there’s a puppet show and a... More Read More

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Shops

Valzani

Valzani

A historic bakery well known for its Austrian Sachertorte and its typical Roman cakes and confectionary, all produced on the premises. Go for the hot-pepper chocolates al diavoletti, candied orange peel and, at Christmas, the... More Read More

L’Una e l’Altra

L’Una e l’Altra

L’Una e l’Altra specialises in cutting-edge fashion, such as Dries van Noten, as well as a fair selection of Issey Miyake, Martin Margiela, and Italian designers Zucca and Faliero Sarli. The atmosphere complements the spirit of the... More Read More

Temporary Love

Temporary Love

This boutique sees itself as a bridge between art and fashion; the clothes are all made by contemporary designers. It’s a great place to shop for trendy young girls, but there is also something for the grown-up woman who likes a touch... More Read More

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Day Trips

Tarquinia

Tarquinia

One of the biggest Etruscan towns of the 8th and 7th centuries BC, this is a great way to see some ancient Roman sites without some of the crowds you’ll usually find in the city. One of the main sights is the Necropolis, which holds... More Read More

Sperlonga

Sperlonga

Halfway to Naples, Sperlonga has some of the loveliest beaches in Italy, one of which is just a few kilometres south of the town on the coast road – look out for a sign for trecento gradini (300 steps), which lead down to the beach.... More Read More

Fregene

Fregene

A pleasant seaside town near Fiumicino airport with miles of beautiful beaches. The Lido is free, although you may wish to pay for sun loungers, umbrellas, and snacks at the beach bar. To get here catch the CoTral bus to Fregene, which... More Read More

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Nightlife

Transilvania

Transilvania

A heavy-rock pub with a decidedly Hammer Horror theme. Customers sit at coffins rather than tables and drink from “skulls”, which thankfully aren’t real. Light-hearted slightly ghoulish fun for the more gothically inclined, in the... More Read More

Supperclub

Supperclub

A very modern club in a crumbling old building near Largo Argentina in the heart of the city centre. Despite the name, this is not somewhere to go to eat but is great for late-night drinking, dancing and hanging out in the slightly... More Read More

Rashomon

Rashomon

A vast loft in the trendy post-industrial Testaccio district with high ceilings and black painted walls. It hosts live concerts and DJ sets. The style of music varies according to the evening but is mainly indie, New Wave, house and... More Read More

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Art & Entertainment

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

You don’t need to pop up to Milan or Verona to see opera as Rome has its own opera house, which opened in 1880 – the original building was named after the contractor who built it, Domenico Constanzi. The interior is appropriately... More Read More

Stadio Olimpico

Stadio Olimpico

Built for the 1956 Olympics, this magnificent stadium in the classically inspired fascist era Foro Italico district, is home to both of Rome’s football teams, Roma and Lazio. So if you fancy a spot of the nearest the modern world gets... More Read More

MAXXI

MAXXI

The most famous name you encounter at MAXXI may well be that of the architect: the striking building that houses this complex dedicated to contemporary creativity is the work of Zaha Hadid. It’s an amazing structure of intersecting... More Read More

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