Top Ten Things to See and Do in Rome

Maria Pasquale

By , Local Expert, Rome
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Rome wasn't built in a day, nor does anyone expect you to see it in one either. From monuments and museums to churches and amazingly intact archeological sites, there's plenty to keep visitors of the Eternal City busy.

Museum buffs with a particular interest in some of the world's finest collection of Baroque and Renaissance art will certainly find plenty to do and marvel at inside the Vatican Museums. More of a modern and contemporary art type of person? Head to the new kid on the block, the MAXXI museum.

If you're a history buff interested in witnessing some of Ancient Rome's best preserved monuments, visiting the Read more »

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    Pantheon

    The Pantheon is Rome's finest example of preserved ancient Rome monuments.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enter the Pantheon during some rainfall and you'll witness a cascade of rain entering through the large circular hole at the top of the dome. Onlookers are often marveled by the fact that the rain doeson't flood the floors of the monument. Rather, it creates a waterfall onto the resplendent marble floor and gradually drains away."

     
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    Trevi Fountain

    The Trevi Fountain is the most famous fountain in the world and certainly one of the most beautiful.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you know how to toss the coin in the right way. Toss the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder and your back to the fountain. One coin means you'll surely return to Rome. Two coins mean you'll return to Rome and find love at last. Three coins mean, you'll return to Rome and marry the love of your life."

     
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    Colosseum

    The Colosseum is the most recognizable monument in the world and is a must-see for all visitors.

    Local Expert Tip: "Admission to the Colosseum also grants you free access to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill."

     
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    Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI)

    MAXXI is Rome's center of excellence when it comes to modern and contemporary art.

    Local Expert Tip: "In the summer months, the MAXXI sometimes organizes free events such as musical performances, lectures and concerts."

     
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    Eating Italy Food Tours

    The most unique way to explore Rome is through its food. The tour takes people off the beaten track and into real Roman neighborhoods.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get in early because group sizes are small and tours book out fast."

     
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    St. Peter's Basilica

    Don't miss the biggest church in the world and it's beautiful late Renaissance artwork.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure not to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. If caught with bare shoulders or your knees showing, you will be denied entry into the basilica. "

     
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    Campo de' Fiori Market

    One of Rome's oldest market and still frequented daily by locals and tourists alike.

    Local Expert Tip: "Taking a stroll through the market won't cost you a dime. If you decide to buy something, it's best to make sure you have spicci (change) on hand as big bills are often frowned upon at the outdoor markets."

     
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    Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO)

    Visit for the contemporary are but to also see a great example of Italian use of old and abandoned space.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're in the area of Testaccio, check out MACRO's sister museum, the MACRO Testaccio, a former slaughter house-turned contemporary art museum."

     
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    Piazza Navona

    Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful squares in Rome and is renowned for its stunning Baroque fountains.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a serene view of Piazza Navona that's virtually empty and all to yourself, make your way over to the piazza around 7am."

     
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    Vatican Museums

    The Vatican Museums will beyond impress any visitor and features the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

    Local Expert Tip: "Book your tickets online (http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va) and you'll avoid having to wake up at the crack of dawn to wait in line for a couple of hours. Buying your tickets online only costs you 4 euros more than what you'd pay at the ticket booth and is definitely worth it as you get to skip the line."

     

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