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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 come up often. ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 yes, it certainly...

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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...

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L'Aperitivo

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

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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...

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Il Gelato

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

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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...

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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...

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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 once the palaces...

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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 of amazing works of...

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La Passeggiata

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

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Archaeology

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

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Roman Forum

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

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