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Rome of the Emperors: A Roman Forum Walk

Taking in the famous vista of the Roman Forum from the terraces of the Capitoline Hill, you have probably already cast your eyes down and across...


Emperors of Rome

OCTAVIAN, or Caesar Augustus, was Rome's first emperor (27 BC–AD 14). While it upended the republic once and for all, his rule began a 200...


How to See the Pope

Piazza San Pietro is the scene of large papal audiences as well as special commemorations, masses, and beatification ceremonies. When he's in...


Trastevere: The Village Within the City

Charming, cobblestoned Trastevere is often called the Brooklyn of Rome. Staunchly resisting the tides of change for centuries, the off-the-beaten...


Enjoying the Gilt: A Stroll Through the Baroque Quarter

The most important clue to the Romans is their Baroque art—not its artistic technicalities, but its spirit. When you understand that, you'll...


Romantic Things to Do in Rome

Romantic Rome Whether you're looking for love or hoping to rekindle the romance, there's no better place to do so than the Eternal City. Ah...


Classic Italian Artists

Italian Art 101 With so much wonderful art to see in Rome, it’s useful to have a cheat sheet listing a few of the major artists whose names...


Tips for Visiting the Vatican

To enter the Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums), the Sistine Chapel, and the Basilica di San Pietro you must comply with the Vatican's dress code...


Tips on Touring the Vatican Museums

Remember that the Vatican's museum complex is humongous—only after walking through what seems like miles of galleries do you see the entrance...


Festivals in Rome

The City of Eternal Festivals, Rome has gone from "provincial" to "provocative" thanks in large part to its bevy of internationally recognized...


Rock, Pop, and Jazz

Local and smaller-act rock, pop, and jazz concerts are frequent in Rome, with big-name acts coming through less frequently—almost exclusively...


Outdoor Opera in Rome

Opera buffs know that the best performances and most exquisite surroundings for opera are to be found at Milan's La Scala, Venice's newly...


Renting an Apartment in Rome

The saying "Two’s company and three’s a crowd" definitely holds true in Roman hotel rooms. If you’re traveling with a larger group, consider...


Refueling the Roman Way

Staggering under the weight of a succession of three-course meals, you may ask yourself, how do the Romans eat so much, twice a day, every day...


Rome's Fountains

Anyone who's thrown a coin backward over a shoulder into the Fontana di Trevi to ensure a return to Rome appreciates the magic of the city's...


La Cucina Romana

Hearty, unflinching, and proud, la cucina romana originates from all of the various geographic and cultural influences on the city over the...


Unofficial Sightseeing

For a cheap version of the Hop-Off, Hop-On tour, board the N3 tram that trundles through Trastevere and the Aventine, past the Colosseum, San...


Music and Performances

Rome’s summer season (L’Estate Romana) offers a vast program of free or low-cost events June to mid-September, including open-air concerts ranging...


La Piazza

For Italians young and old, la piazza serves as a meeting place—for making dinner plans, people-watching, and catching up with friends. The...



The Milanese invented it, but the Romans perfected l'aperitivo. Similar to “happy hour” (but without the drink specials), this is a time to...


Il Caffè

If there's something Romans certainly can't live without, it's il caffè (espresso), and there is no shortage of coffee bars to satisfy the...


Il Mercato

If you’re looking to rub shoulders with real Romans, there’s no better place to do it than at the local open-air food market, where vendors...


Top Churches in Rome

Top Churches in Rome There are many, many churches in Rome and, in addition to being places of worship, many of them double as museums, full...


Rome Top Attractions

Roman Forum This fabled labyrinth of ruins variously served as a political playground, a commerce mart, and a place where justice was dispensed...


Rome Museum Overview

Museum Overview You could almost say that Rome is one big museum. Whatever your special interest, you’ll find it housed in buildings that were...


Il Gelato

Italian gelato is tastier and lighter than American ice cream and traditionally made with only the freshest ingredients. Most places allow you...


La Passeggiata

A favorite Roman pastime is la passeggiata (literally, the promenade). Especially on weekends in the late afternoon and early evening, couples...


I Nasoni

The public water fountains in Rome are free (and safe) to drink from...if you can figure out how to do it without getting wet! The cast iron...


Art and Archaeological Sites

Where other than Roman churches can you admire so many works by such masters as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Michelangelo, and Raphael for free?...


Shivers Down the Spine

The catacombs are spooky enough to wipe the bored look off your teenager’s face. The best is the Catacombe di San Callisto on the Via Appia...


Explore the Parks

Take little ones to see the Teatrino Pulcinello’s open-air puppet show weekdays on the Janiculum hill or the San Carlino puppet theater weekends...



If your kids are into archaeology or gladiators, traipsing the ruins of ancient Rome can provide hours of entertainment. What child can resist...


Get Into the Movies

At Cinecittà movie studios, you can stroll down the 19th-century Broadway set made for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and explore the...


Rome Today

Rome the Eternal is 25 centuries old and constantly reinventing itself. The glories of Ancient Rome, the pomp of the Renaissance Papacy, and...

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