Rome: Places to Explore

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  • Ancient Rome

    If you ever wanted to feel like the Caesars—with all of ancient Rome (literally) at your feet—simply head to Michelangelo's famed Piazza del Campidoglio. There, make a beeline for the terrace...

  • Aventino and Testaccio

    While Romans consider these neighborhoods central, they are off the beaten path just enough to be little-known to tourists—and to have retained their unique characters, from the well-heeled,...

  • Monti, Esquilino, Celio, and the Via Appia Antica

    Several neighborhoods come together here, just north of the Roman forum and Colosseum. They range from the bustling, multicultural Esquilino neighborhood to the super-trendy, yet still...

  • Piazza Di Spagna

    In spirit, and in fact, this area of Rome is grandiose. The overblown Vittoriano monument, the labyrinthine treasure-chest palaces of Rome's surviving aristocracy, even the diamond-draped denizens...

  • Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, and the Jewish Ghetto

    The area around Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, and the Jewish Ghetto is one of the city’s most beautiful, liveliest, and atmospheric neighborhoods. More than almost anywhere else in Rome,...

  • Repubblica and Quirinale

    Just west of Rome's modern Termini train station, this area offers an extraordinary Roman blend of old and new. Think of this area as the place where work gets done today: the district from Piazza...

  • Trastevere

    New York has its Greenwich Village, and Rome has its Trastevere (literally, "across the Tiber"). In Trastevere's case, however, the sense of being a world apart goes back more than two millennia...

  • The Vatican

    For many, a visit to the Vatican is one of the top reasons to visit Rome, and it is a vast and majestic place, jam-packed with things to see, so it's best to plan ahead. Borgo and Prati are the...

  • Villa Borghese, Piazza del Popolo, and Flaminio

    If beautiful masterpieces are as common as bricks in Rome, parks are far rarer. Happily, although you'll find few ilex and poplars dotting piazzas and streets, a verdant hoard can be found to the...

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