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The Colosseum

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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The Colosseum

Built by Emperor Vespasian in the 1st Century AD, Rome’s magnificent and iconic Colosseum, steeped in gory gladiatorial history is a must-see. Let the games begin!

Adult price: £14

Best for ages 8+

St Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City, Lazio, Italy

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St Peter’s Basilica

The sublime, world-famous basilica built over St Peter’s tomb and crowned by Michelangelo’s heavenly dome.

Best for ages 18+

The Vatican

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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The Vatican

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign nation-state and Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church. Within its borders are St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and Apostolic Palace, home to the Pope.

Best for ages 18+

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Vatican City, Lazio, Italy

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

A mind-bogglingly opulent complex of museums, home to one of the greatest hoards of treasure, antiquities and art anywhere.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 13+

Frascati Wine Region

Frascati, Lazio, Italy

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Frascati Wine Region

Historic, beautiful hill-town southeast of Rome, famed for its villas and honey-scented wines. Stop by the fraschette (outdoor wine bars) to sample the many excellent wines produced in these hills.

Best for ages 18+

Roman Forum

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Roman Forum

An archaeological treasure map packed with Rome’s most ancient shrines, temples, and landmarks – the Forum was the heart, soul and nerve centre of the ancient Roman Empire.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 18+

Palatine Hill

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Palatine Hill

A mythic hill, once home to sumptuous imperial palaces including the House of Tiberius, Temple of Cybele, Nero’s revolving dining room and the Domus Flavia. Also go for the views over the Circus Maximus.

Best for ages 18+

Rome’s best food & drink

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Rome’s best food & drink

The capital of European gastronomy, Rome’s cuisine is reputed for its ancient recipes made of fresh, local ingredients. From Michelin-starred restaurants to family-friendly trattorias to earthy farmers’ markets, there’s no shortage of wonderful places to eat in Rome.

Best for ages 13+

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Doria Pamphilj Gallery

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Doria Pamphilj Gallery

A lavish treasure-filled palazzo housing paintings and furniture assembled since the 16th century by the Doria, Pamphilj, Landi and Aldobrandini families. Works by Titian, Guercino, and Caravaggio.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

Trevi Fountain

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Trevi Fountain

The world-famous, spectacular Baroque fountain, where gods, goddesses and tritons mix with cascades of water, immortalised in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

Best for ages 18+

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The Pantheon of Rome

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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The Pantheon of Rome

A superbly preserved Roman shrine under an astonishing 43m dome, housing the tomb of Raphael. The Pantheon was originally a temple to the Gods, rebuilt by Hadrian in AD 118.

Best for ages 18+

Borghese Gallery

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Borghese Gallery

One of the world’s greatest private art collections – that of the extraordinarily wealthy, art-mad Borghese family – housed in a stunning 17th-century villa surrounded by exquisite, landscaped gardens.

Adult price: £11

Best for ages 18+

Barberini Palace

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Barberini Palace

A stunning 17th-century Palazzo Villa, designed by Bernini and Maderno, packed with old masterpieces – a wealth of art by Filippo Lippi, Raphael, Tintoretto, Titian, Caravaggio and Holbein.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

Spanish Steps

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Spanish Steps

A theatrical masterpiece, the Spanish Steps were designed by Francesco de Sanctis in 1725 and paid for by the French. At the top is Villa Borghese; at the bottom lies the boat-shaped Fontana della Barcaccia (by Bernini’s dad).

Best for ages 18+

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Ostia Antica Archaeological Park

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Ostia Antica Archaeological Park

The evocative, well-preserved ruins of Ancient Rome’s once-opulent port city. One of Italy’s best archaeological sites, it offers an unparalleled insight into life in ancient Rome.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

Jewish Ghetto

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Jewish Ghetto

Stroll around Europe’s most engaging and intriguing Jewish quarter – learn about its tragic past, and sample some of the best food in the city.

Best for ages 18+

Piazza Navona

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Piazza Navona

Borromini’s convex church of Sant’ Agnese frames his arch-rival Bernini’s stunning Four Rivers Fountain in an eternal Baroque battle; at night it’s beautifully illuminated.

Best for ages 18+

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Banditaccia Necropolis

Cerveteri, Lazio, Italy

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A burial mound with grassed roof

A World Heritage Etruscan cemetery with more than 400 remarkably preserved tombs from the 9th-2nd centuries BC.

Adult price: £7

Best for ages 18+

National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art

Rome, Lazio, Italy

National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art

Excellent 19th- and 20th-century art with works by Canova, by Italy’s Impressionists (the Macchiaioli, ‘splatterers’) and Futurists such as Balla and Boccioni. Also paintings by De Chirico, Modigliani, Klimt, Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Kandinsky.

Adult price: £7

Best for ages 18+

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Testaccio Market

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Testaccio Market

A cluster of busy stalls offering delicious eats, Testaccio Market in Rome’s former meat-packing district, is where you’ll find authentic Roman delicacies, such as stuffed braised meat sandwiches, rustic piazza, and handmade pasta dishes. Eat in or take-away.

Best for ages 13+

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Villa Farnesina

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Villa Farnesina

Sumptuous 16th-century Roman villa designed by Baldassare Peruzzi and beautifully frescoed by Raphael, in particular the Triumph of Galatea featuring a nymph driving a scallop-shell chariot pulled by dolphins.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

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Capitoline Museums

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Capitoline Museums

Three museums on one complex, founded in 1471, packed with ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian statues. Look out for the Capitoline Wolf and the statue of Marcus Aurelius.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

National Roman Museum

Rome, Lazio, Italy

National Roman Museum

Museum holding one of Italy’s finest archaeological collections – antiquities from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century AD including superb sculptures, bronzes and frescoes.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 18+

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Castel Gandolfo

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Castel Gandolfo

If time allows, make the short 40-minute hop out of the city to wander around this small commune in the Castelli Romani, which occupies heights overlooking Lake Albano. It was voted one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, and is home to the summer residence of the Pope.

Best for ages 18+

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Caravaggio at the Church of St. Louis of the French

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Caravaggio at the Church of St. Louis of the French

Caravaggio single-handedly transformed Italian art in the early 1600s. Three of his most stunning paintings hang in the Contarelli Chapel of this small Rome church, including The Martyrdom of St Matthew.

Best for ages 18+

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National Etruscan Museum

Rome, Lazio, Italy

National Etruscan Museum

Former pleasure palace of Pope Julius III, now houses the world’s greatest collections of Etruscan art. It includes artefacts and finds from the Banditaccia Necropolis at Cerveteri.

Adult price: £9

Best for ages 18+

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Imperial Fora

Rome, Lazio, Italy

View of pathway along the Imperial Fora in Rome, between ancient ruins

This tremendous series of squares (fora) were among the greatest works of the Romans. Trajan’s includes library, Trajan’s Column and the well-preserved Trajan’s Market – the ‘world’s first shopping mall’.

Best for ages 18+

National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II

Rome, Lazio, Italy

National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II

Adjacent to Capitoline Hill, this enormous, gleaming white marble was built in 1935 to honour the first king of Italy. It houses the Museum of Reunification, and Italy’s Tomb of the unknown soldier.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 18+

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Walk the Papal Passageway

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Walk the Papal Passageway

Walk the Passetto do Borgo that connects the Vatican with Castel Sant’Angelo, used by Pope Clement VII to flee mercenaries in 1527. It’s only open in July and August; enter via the castle.

Best for ages 18+

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Arch of Titus

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Arch of Titus

Located on the Via Sacra, just southeast of the Forum, the Arch of Titus was built in 82 AD by Emperor Domitian. It has inspired other triumphal aches around the world since, most notably the Arc de Triomphe.

Best for ages 13+

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Ponte Sant’Angelo

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Castel Sant'Angelo and bridge Ponte Sant'Angelo over the Tiber river on sunset in Rome, Italy

This Roman bridge was built in AD 134 by the Roman emperor Hadrian, to provide a scenic access route from the city to his newly built mausoleum, the Castel Sant’Angelo (which later became a fortress, and is now a museum).

Best for ages 18+

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Centrale Montemartini

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Centrale Montemartini

The Centrale was the first electric power plant in Rome and the industrial building now houses a superb collection of Hellenic statues from the Capitoline Museums.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

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Ponte Fabricio

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge in Rome over the Tiber River

Spanning the Tiber from Campus Martius to Tiber Island, this is the oldest bridge in Rome. Commissioned by Lucius Fabricius, then curator of roads, it has been in constant use since its construction in 62 BC.

Best for ages 18+

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Knights of Malta Monastery keyhole

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Knights of Malta Monastery keyhole

Peer through the keyhole on Aventine Hill to admire the perfectly framed vista of the dome of St. Peter’s. The view encompasses three nations: the Italian State, the Priory and the Vatican.

Best for ages 13+

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Arch of Constantine

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Arch of Constantine

Located between the Colosseum and Palatine, the triumphal arch – the Arch of Constantine – was built by Emperor Constantine in AD 315. Art was at a nadir: most of the carvings were pilfered off earlier monuments.

Best for ages 18+

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Aurelian Walls of Rome

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Porta Asinaria is a gate in the Aurelian Walls of Rome, ancient landmark from Roman Empire, stone walled largest city of the world.

Rome has so many treasures, this one is often overlooked. But with the empire under threat from invaders, Emperor Aurelian gave the city one of the greatest sets of fortifications in the world – a job finished in only five years. 19km long, and almost completely intact today, the circuit includes several monumental gates, and it passes some of the Eternal City’s most interesting monuments.

Best for ages 18+

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Via Appia Antica

Rome, Lazio, Italy

The ancient Appian Way (Appia Antica) in Rome, showing tombs on either side

One of the most beautiful places in Rome for a walk, a road lined with lavish tombs, the Baths of Caracalla, the Roman Catacombs, and many other sights.

Best for ages 18+

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Hadrian’s Villa

Tivoli, Lazio, Italy

Canopo and baths at Hadrian's Villa, large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, province of Rome, Lazio, central Italy.

To get away from the bustle of Rome, Emperor Hadrian decreed a suburban palace that was a city in itself. Built for pleasure, most of it was gardens, pools, baths, fountains and temples, all in a sumptuous, almost decadent style.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 18+

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