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In a city so filled with icons of antiquity and the Christian faith, it's hard to know where to go first. Of course, your own interests will govern your choices, but there are certain sites that are almost obligatory landmarks of Italy and of all Europe, such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Intersperse these more serious attractions with a few that are simply tourist icons - the Spanish Steps and that place all tourists must go to toss in their coin, the Trevi Fountain. Rome is so big that it can overwhelm, so even the most devoted sightseer should take some time to kick back and enjoy la dolce vita in a park or sidewalk café.

  1. The Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine - As the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the silhouette of the Flavian Amphitheatre is to Rome. The largest structure left to us by Roman antiquity, the Colosseum still provides the model for sports arenas - present day football stadium design is clearly based on this oval Roman plan. The Colosseum was large enough for theatrical performances, festivals, circuses, or games, which the Imperial Court and high officials watched from the lowest level, aristocratic Roman families on the second, the populace on the third and fourth.Beside the Colosseum stands the almost equally familiar Arch of Constantine, a triumphal arch erected by the Senate to honor the emperor as "liberator of the city and bringer of peace" after his victory in the battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312.
  1. Vatican City - The Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world, with an area of less than half a square kilometer, most of it enclosed by the Vatican walls. Inside are the Vatican palace and gardens, Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square, an area ruled by the Pope, supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. This compact space offers much for tourists to see, between its museums and the great basilica itself. Inside St. Peter's Basilica is Michelangelo's masterpiece, Pieta, along with statuary and altars by Bernini and others. The unquestioned highlight of the Vatican museums is the Sistine Chapel, whose magnificent frescoed ceiling is Michelangelo's most famous work. Inside the Vatican Palace are the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Library, and a number of museums that include the Picture Gallery, Museum of Secular Art, Etruscan Museum, and others. The collections you can see in these cover everything from papal coaches to 20th-century art reflecting religious themes.
  1. The Pantheon - the best-preserved monument of Roman antiquity - is remarkably intact for its 2000 years. This is despite the fact that Pope Gregory III removed the gilded bronze roof tiles, and Pope Urban VIII ordered its bronze roof stripped and melted down to cast the canopy over the altar in St. Peter's and cannons for Castel Sant'Angelo. The Pantheon was rebuilt after damage by fire in AD 80, and the resulting brickwork shows the extraordinarily high technical mastery of Roman builders. Although the first Christian emperors forbade using this pagan temple for worship, in 609 Pope Boniface IV dedicated it to the Virgin and all the Christian martyrs, and since then, it has become the burial place of Italian kings (Victor Emmanuel II is in the second niche on the right) and other famous Italians, including the painter Raphael.
  1. Roman Forum - Although what survives of this center of Roman life and government shows only a small fraction of its original splendor, the standing and fallen columns, its triumphal arches, and remains of its walls still impress. Roman political and religious life was centered here, along with the courts, markets, and meeting places. After the seventh century, the buildings fell into ruin, and churches and fortresses were built amid the ancient remains. Its stones were quarried for other buildings and it was not until the 18th and 19th centuries that systematic excavations brought the ancient buildings to light from under a 10-meter layer of earth and rubble. Highlights not to miss are the Temple of Antoninus Pius, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Septimus Severus, the Curia, the Temple of Vesta, and the Arch of Titus.
  1. Trevi Fountain - One of the city's most popular tourist attractions, this 17th-century masterpiece has been immortalized in films until it is almost a required visit. Throwing a coin (not three) into the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is a tradition that is supposed to assure your return to Rome. The fountain was created for Pope Clement XII between 1732 and 1751 by NicolòSalvi, and built against the rear wall of the palace of the Dukes of Poli. It depicts the sea god Oceanus (Neptune), with horses, tritons, and shells.
  1. San Giovanni in Laterano (Basilica of St. John Lateran) - As you might expect for the episcopal church of the Pope, St. John Lateran is one of Rome's most impressive churches. Its façade, by contrast, is a purely baroque embellishment and a fine example of that period. Along with the mosaics in the apse, be sure to notice the beautiful 16th-century wooden ceiling. Built by Constantine, it is the world's oldest Christian baptistery. Across the piazza, in the church of the Scala Santa, is the Holy Staircase, 28 steps believed to have been brought to Rome in the fourth century by St. Helen, from Pilate's palace in.
  1. The Spanish Steps - Ironically, the flight of irregular stairs and landings called the Spanish Steps (ScalinatadellaTrinitàdeiMonti) were paid for by the French ambassador and lead up to the French church of TrinitàdeiMonti. The stairs, however, take their name from Piazza di Spagna, the plaza at their base and one of Rome's most typical squares. The stairs have been a favorite haunt of tourists, where they can sit and enjoy a gelato in the summer or warm their hands around cones of hot roasted chestnuts in the winter. The boat-shaped fountain at the foot of the Spanish Steps is known as the Barcaccia and was created by Pietro Bernini, father of the great Baroque architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. TrinitàdeiMonti, begun by Louis XII in 1502, still preserves some of the original Gothic arches and contains an Entombment by Daniele da Volterra, student of Michelangelo. Via Condotti, leading southwest from Piazza di Spagna, is Rome's most fashionable shopping street, where the Caffè Greco is famous for the artists, writers, and musicians who have frequented it. Literary fans can visit the House of Keats and Shelley to see exhibits and portraits of the English poets and their contemporaries.
  1. The Catacombs and Via AppiaAntica (Appian Way) - The Catacombs of San Callisto (St. Calixtus) and San Sebastiano, both underground burial places in the Via AppiaAntica, are extensive - San Callista fills an area of 300 by 400 meters -- with intricate multi-layered networks of passages and chambers carved into the soft tufa. In addition to the tombs, St. Calixtus has six sacramental chapels, constructed between 290 and 310, with both pagan and early Christian wall paintings. In the Papal Crypt are the tombs of most of the martyred Popes of the third century identified by Greek inscriptions. San Sebastiano, one of Rome's seven pilgrimage churches, was built in the fourth century on the site of old cemeteries and catacombs that, along with the foundations of a Constantinian basilica, can be explored. Tomb chambers are on several levels with fine paintings, stucco decoration, and inscriptions dating to the first century AD.
  1. Vittoriano (Monument to Victor Emmanuel II)- Whether you think the imposing memorial built to mark the winning of Italian unity and honor its first king is a magnificent monument or a monumental eyesore, you must admit that it is an unmistakable Roman landmark. The National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II was built between 1885 and 1911 to celebrate the success of the Risorgimento and achievement of Italian unity in 1870. It is immense: 135 meters long by 130 meters deep, and rears up to a height of 70 meters. Halfway up are the Altaredella Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The east part of the monument houses the MuseoCentrale del Risorgimento, an interesting museum of the Italian independence movement.
  1. Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian National Museum) - Diocletian's baths were so enormous that today, they contain two churches, large parts of a Carthusian monastery and a major museum. Michelangelo used the vast tepidarium (hot baths) as the shell for his church of Santa Maria degliAngeli, and the MuseoNazionale Romano, Rome's National Museum, fills another section with treasures of antiquity: Greek and Roman sculpture, pre-Christian and later sarcophagi, and beautiful mosaics and frescoes. The late-16th-century church of San Bernardo alleTerme was built in a rotunda at the corner of the baths; its dome is like that of the Pantheon, but only half its size.
  1. Palatine Hill - Strategically set 50 meters above the Tiber, the Palatine Hill shows evidence of Rome's earliest settlement: rock-cuttings found in front of the Temple of Cybele show human activity as long ago as the ninth century BC. Later, this was the site chosen by the emperors and great aristocratic families for their palaces. The Farnese Gardens were laid out on the hill in the 16th century for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, a pleasure park of terraces, pavilions, lawns, flowerbeds, trees, and fountains designed as a kind of stage-setting for social gatherings. Highlights of the Palatine Hill are the House of Livia(Augustus' wife), the semi-subterranean Cryptoporticus, DomusFlavia, DomusAugustana, and most imposing of all, the Baths of Septimius Severus. The Palatine Hill is a lovely place to explore, combining a park with magnificent and impressive ruins of ancient Rome.
  1. Piazza Navona- One of Rome's most characteristic Baroque squares; Piazza Navona still has the outline of the Roman stadium built here by Emperor Domitian. It was still used for festivals and horse races during the Middle Ages, and was rebuilt in the Baroque style by Borromini, who also designed the magnificent series of palaces and the church of Sant'Agnese, on its west side. Its facade, campanile, and dome highlight the way Baroque architecture weaves convex and concave surfaces, gables, windows, columns, and piers into a unified design. In the crypt of Sant'Agnese are Alessandro Algardi's 1653 The Miracle of St. Agnes and the remains of a Roman mosaic floor. Sant'Agnese provided a model for Baroque and Rococo churches in Italy and elsewhere.
  1. Foro di Traiano (Forum of Trajan) - The largest and best preserved forum of Imperial Rome, the Forum of the Emperor Trajan was built early in the second century and included a considerable complex of buildings and monuments: a temple, basilica, a series of markets, and three monuments honoring the emperor. During the Middle Ages, new buildings were erected in the forum area, including the Torre delleMilizie and the twin churches of Santa Maria di Loreto and the Santissimo Nome di Maria. Modern streets have been laid out here as well. From the ruins, it's hard to picture the Basilica Ulpia at the far end, a hall measuring 130 by 125 meters, and the two libraries attached to it
  1. OsteriaBonelli - While OsteriaBonelli is not far from the chic Pignetto, the restaurant’s specific location in Torpignattara is on the side of seedy. Superb food on cheap paper tablecloths—is exactly what you’ll find inside this always-bustling osteri. Address: Vialedell'AcquedottoAlessandrino, 172.
  2. Farinè la Pizza - The husband and wife team behind this pizzeria trained at Italy’s National School of Pizza, and with seven selections of Roman-style pizza per night with substitutions. On the menu, you will find more traditional options (Margarita, Mediterranean, Napoli, Marinara) along with mozzarella and anchovies, potato with romano and pecorino, and chicory with asiago and hot peppers. Address: Via degliAurunci, 6/8
  1. La Carbonara - With generous portions of traditional homemade pastas like (my favorite) Ravioli alleNoci, classic dishes like frittovegatale and bollito dressed with olive oil and lemon, and impassioned Italian graffiti on the walls, the experience here is never dull. Address: Via Panisperna 214.
  1. Capo Boi -Capo Boiis a fish-centric, Sardinian-kitchen restaurant where dignified Romans go for special occasions. The precious neighborhood itself (Coppide, in-between Parioli and Trieste) might as well be one of the secret ingredients on the restaurant’s no-miss menu, with its glamorous, high-status streets reminiscent of 1920s Rome. While dinner won’t come cheap, the white-linen experience is first class all the way. Address: Via Arno, 80.
  1. Ginger Sapori e Salute- A few steps from Piazza di Spagna, Ginger is a bistro restaurant with a unique atmosphere dedicated to the highest quality of gastronomy. An informal though elegant place, where you can find fine food, salads, baguettes, meats and cheeses from around the world, as well as juices and fresh fruit smoothies.Address: Via Borgognona 43-46

Rome has a terrific underground railway system that will get you near most tourist destinations.

  1. The Roman Metro has three lines - A, B and C, plus a new branch of the B line, called B1, which goes from the "Bologna" stop to "Jonio". The combination of A and B lines is X-shaped; the two lines cross at the city's central railway station, which is called Roma Termini. Line C is not yet connected to the rest of the network and has hardly any interest for usual sightseeing. The metro system is efficient and affordable, and metro maps are easy to navigate: beware at rush hours that the trains can get very crowded.
  2. Rome has also an extensive network of trams and buses that will come in handy: it's a big city so trying to see everything by foot is simply not feasible. The whole metro, tram, bus, and part of the train network (comprising the Roma-Lido, Roma-Giardinetti and part of the Roma-Viterbo railways) are managed by ATAC, whose site comes with a handy route planner.
  3. Taxis are usually not to recommend crossing the city of Rome, especially if one can easily use a bus or a metro for the same route.

Monuments, museums, churches:

  1. Pantheon

Address: Piazza dellaRotonda, 00186 Roma, Italy - Open: Monday – Saturday 09:00am -07:30pm; Sunday 09:00am – 06:00pm

  1. Fontana di Trevi

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy

  1. Castel Sant’ Angelo (Mausoleum of Hadrian)

Address: LungotevereCastello, 50, 00193 Roma, Italy - Tel: +39 06 32810 - Open: Every day 09:00am – 07:30pm

  1. The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Address: Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, 00100 Roma, Italy - Tel: +39 06 6988 6800 - Open: Every day 07:00am – 07:00pm

  1. Colosseum

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome, Italy - Tel: +39 06 39967700 - Open: Every day 08:30am – 06:15pm

  1. Teatrodell’Opera di Roma

Address: Piazza BeniaminoGigli 7, 00184 Rome, Italy - Tel: +39 06 481601

  1. Galleria Borghese

Address: PiazzaleScipione Borghese 5, 00197 Roma - Tel: +39 06 8416542/ +39 06 8417645 / +39 06 8413979 - E-mail: [email protected] - Open: Tuesday – Sunday 09:00am – 07:00pm

  1. Macro: Museod’ArteContemporanea

Address: Via Nizza, 138, 00198 Roma, Italy - Tel: +39 06 6710 70400 - Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10:30am – 06:30pm

  1. BibliotecaNazionaleCentrale Vittorio Emanuele II

Address: Viale Castro Pretorio, 105, 00185 Roma, Italy

Open: Monday – Friday

Entertainments:

  1. Sea Life Roma Aquarium

Address: Piazza Umberto EliaTerracini, 00144, Rome, Italy

Open: Every day 10:00am – 07:00pm

  1. Omega Fitness Club

Address: Via del Monte della Farina, 14, 00186 Roma, Italy

Tel: +39 06 68210058

Open: Monday – Friday 07:00am – 10:30pm; Saturday 08:00am – 07:00pm

  1. Very Yeah Fitness Club

Address: Via Francesco Massi, 10, 00152 Roma, Italy

Tel: +39 06 8987 1406

E-mail: [email protected]

Open: Monday – Friday 07:30am – 10:00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 06:00pm; Sunday 10:00am – 02:00pm

  1. Galleria CommercialePorta di Roma

Address: Via Alberto Lionello, 201, 00139 Roma, Italy

Tel: +39 06 8707 4216

Open: Every day 10:00am – 10:00pm

  1. Porta Portese Flea Market

Address: Via Portuense&IppolitoNievo, 00153 Rome, Italy

Tel: +39 06 2314 3456

Open: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 05:00am – 05:00pm; Thursday 05:00am – 03:00pm

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