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Experience Rome like a Roman

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Rome is daunting. It's large and crowded, the layout of the city is complicated, and the public transportation is not the best. But it can be a wonderful place to visit, especially if you know what you want to do and you do some planning ahead. I think it's an especially great place to "live like a local" for a week or so. This guide is based on a three-week visit my partner and I made last year. Eating and sightseeing are equally important when we travel, so I am including favorite restaurants as well as places we like to visit and revisit. Nine restaurants come first (I have reviewed all of them on Tripadvisor) and then 15 places to see. So this is not really an Introduction to Rome, but some suggestions on how to spend a pleasant time there and see a few things you might otherwise have missed.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
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  • Like a Local

24 Places

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24 Places

Flavio Al Velavevodetto

Restaurants

Trattoria da Teo

Restaurants

Piccolo Arancio

Restaurants

Lo Scopettaro

Restaurants

Grappolo d'Oro

Restaurants

La Matriciana

Restaurants

Sora Lella

Restaurants

Spirito Divino

Restaurants

La Fata Ignorante

Restaurants

Pantheon

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Campo de' Fiori

Neighbourhoods

Piazza del Popolo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palatine Hill

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Trastevere

Neighbourhoods

Villa Farnesina

Historic Sites, Art Museums

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Churches & Cathedrals

Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Villa Borghese

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Quattro Fontane

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

Churches & Cathedrals

Santa Francesca Romana

Churches & Cathedrals

Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Cimitero Monumentale del Verano

Cemeteries

canadensis's City Tips

  • Opening hours: It's not always easy to find out the opening hours of any attraction other than the big ones, and the information you find may not be correct, or the posted hours may simply be ignored. You just have to take your chances. You can count on a long period in midday when everything is closed, usually from noon to 4PM, so morning sightseeing is highly advisable. Watch out for major holidays such as Easter or a big event at the Vatican, which can disrupt the whole city.
  • Attractions: You have to see the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Forum at some time in your life. These attractions are always extremely crowded. You should buy a ticket online for the Vatican, but that doesn't mean you won't have to push and shove your way in. The Forum can be seen perfectly well from the Campidoglio and the Via dei Fori Imperiali, but I suppose you have to put your feet on this hallowed ground at least once. Rome is much more fascinating for specialized interests, such as art museums, catacombs, Baroque architecture, or Early Christian churches (all of which deserve their own guides).
  • Food: Roman food is simple and hearty: you must have spaghetti all'amatriciana or gricia (which is pretty much the same thing without the tomato), and artichokes if you are there in the spring. I have no interest in the expensive restaurants; the good places to eat are the small trattorias, which are everywhere. Many require reservations, which you have to make by phone or in person. Online restaurant reservations are useless. Don't overtip: two or three euros is plenty for two people.
  • Public transportation: The buses are the heart of Rome's public transportation. You can go everywhere on them, but you do have to get to know the routes (download a Rome transit app to your smartphone). If you are staying more than two weeks, it may make sense to buy a monthly pass, and using a pass is a lot more convenient than constantly paying fares in cash. There are two metro lines but they are of limited use for tourists.
  • Neighborhoods: Rome is very much a city of contrasting neighborhoods. Think about the attractions you want to see, and where you want to eat, and plan accordingly. I always try to avoid the extremely crowded central area near the Via del Corso. The Trastevere is interesting and pretty close to the center. We rented a small apartment with private garden in a residential enclave right next to the Forum; it was very quiet and close to everything.
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    Flavio Al Velavevodetto
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    canadensis Says:

    This is probably my favorite Roman restaurant overall. Impeccably traditional Roman cuisine. It's in the Testaccio neighborhood, easily reachable by bus or taxi.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You will find many interesting pasta dishes on the menu and excellent fried baccala (cod).
    • An example of an unusual pasta dish is fettucine con le rigaje di pollo (chicken gizzard and liver sauce).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,002 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    • Classic Ambiance in Testaccio 09/11/2017
    • Terrible service 09/11/2017
    • Flavio Al Velavevodetto
    Address:
    Via di Monte Testaccio 97/99
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 574 4194
    Price range:
    US$ 18 - US$ 35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 15:00
    19:30 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Trattoria da Teo
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, Soups)
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    canadensis Says:

    A must-go-to trattoria in the Trastevere. Everything is magnificent. If you are here in the spring, be sure to have artichokes alla romana or artichokes alla guidia.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Reservations are essential. A rarity in Rome: they honor online reservations made on 2spaghi.it.
    • Abbacchio scottadita (grilled lamb) is dependably excellent.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #829 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great local experience 15/11/2017
    • Local's mostly very good 13/11/2017
    • Trattoria da Teo
    Address:
    Piazza Dei Ponziani 7
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 581 8355
    Price range:
    US$ 43 - US$ 116
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    13:00 - 15:00
    20:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Piccolo Arancio
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    canadensis Says:

    Excellent tiny trattoria right in the heart of the most crowded tourist zone. Traditional simple food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be sure to look up the location on a map; it's on a tiny side street. Reservations are essential.
    • We enjoyed the fettucine al ragù d'abbacchio (lamb sauce), which was perfectly simple and perfectly prepared.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #464 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    • Incredibly Nice 17/11/2017
    • A trattoria as it should be 15/11/2017
    • Piccolo Arancio
    Address:
    Vicolo Scanderbeg 112
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 678 6139
    Price range:
    US$ 18 - US$ 29
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 15:00
    19:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Lo Scopettaro
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    canadensis Says:

    Do you like tripe? Here you will get the most hyper-traditional Roman food, including the innards. If you are squeamish go elsewhere, but if you want the real thing, this is it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The dining room is large, so a reservation is usually not necessary.
    • Unusual dishes we had: nervetti di vitello (veal tendons), coratella (a stew of lamb kidneys, heart, lungs, and liver).
    • More conventional dishes we had: veal alla cacciatora, chicken with peppers.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #434 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice typical dinner 28/09/2017
    • Below average 13/06/2017
    • Lo Scopettaro
    Address:
    Lungotevere Testaccio, 7
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 574 2408
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 15:00
    19:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Grappolo d'Oro
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    canadensis Says:

    Just off the Campo dei Fiori, you might assume this place is going to be a tourist trap, but it isn't, even though a lot of tourists eat there. The staff are courteous and friendly.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • A rarity in Rome: they honor online reservations made on 2spaghi.it.
    • The baked lamb alla romana was stupendous, and enough for both of us to share.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #380 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Thumbs Up 02/11/2017
    • Amazing Carbonara 25/10/2017
    • Grappolo d'Oro
    Address:
    Piazza della Cancelleria 80
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 689 7080
    Price range:
    US$ 24 - US$ 41
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    19:00 - 23:30
    Thu - Tue
    12:45 - 15:00
    Other:
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    La Matriciana
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    canadensis Says:

    Excellent Roman cuisine in an elegant setting near the opera house and the Termini train station. Extremely cordial staff.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • They claim they invented spaghetti all'amatriciana. Who knows? In any case, be sure to have it at least once.
    • We enjoyed the spaghetti aglio olio con puntarelle e alici. (Puntarelle are a kind of chicory popular in Rome, available in winter and spring. Alici are anchovies.)
    • In artichoke season (spring), they may make baccalà con carciofi trifolati, a magnificent creation.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #421 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A romantic meal 07/11/2017
    • Is it a has been? 02/11/2017
    • La Matriciana
    Address:
    Via del Viminale, 44
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 488 1775
    Price range:
    US$ 35 - US$ 59
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    12:00 - 15:00
    Sun - Sat
    19:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Sora Lella
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    canadensis Says:

    Excellent traditional Roman cuisine on the Isola Tiberina. You may think it's a tourist trap, but it isn't.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Advance reservations are essential.
    • We had gnocchi all'amatriciana, a slight variation on the traditional Roman dish. We also had the Roman specialties pollo alla romana and trippa alla romana.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,020 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    • Good local fare 11/10/2017
    • Trattoria romana 10/10/2017
    • Sora Lella
    Address:
    Via Ponte Quattro Capi 16
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 686 1601
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 14:45
    19:30 - 22:45
    Other:
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    Spirito Divino
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, Soups)
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    canadensis Says:

    An elegant small restaurant in Trastevere where the owners are really serious about food (Roman, of course) and wine. They often feature special ingredients and wines from the area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Reservations are essential. Be on time, or you'll lose your place.
    • They have a large wine cellar, which they may invite you to visit.
    • We enjoyed the mezze maniche con ragù bianco (pasta with white sauce). One of the specials of the day was a magnificent veal chop.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #312 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Wonderful Meal 18/11/2017
    • PERFECTO 06/11/2017
    • Spirito Divino
    Address:
    Via Dei Genovesi 31
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 589 6689
    Price range:
    US$ 32 - US$ 78
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    19:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    La Fata Ignorante
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    canadensis Says:

    More modern than traditional but still Roman in inspiration. A comfortable place to dine (a rarity in Rome) with friendly informal service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Take the owner's advice, if offered. You won't regret it.
    • Their fettucine alla carbonara don't look like the traditional spaghetti alla carbonara, but the flavors are the same.
    • If they offer a grilled galletto (young chicken), get it.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 10,445 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic! 18/11/2017
    • Fabulous meal in Rome 10/11/2017
    • La Fata Ignorante
    Address:
    Via Giuseppe Giulietti 5/5a/7
    00154 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 335 217468
    Price range:
    US$ 29 - US$ 71
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    20:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Fri
    12:30 - 14:30
    Fri - Sat
    20:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Pantheon
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    canadensis Says:

    This remnant of Ancient Rome seems somehow peaceful in the most congested and noisy district of the city. Pause in front of the tombs of Raphael and of Victor Emanuel II.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You can easily make this a quick stop on your way to other places in the neighborhood, such as Santa Maria sopra Minerva or Piazza Navona.
    • Maria Bibbiena is buried next to Raphael. She was his fiancée and a cardinal's niece but he kept putting off the wedding, and then he died. He apparently was not eager to marry Maria because he was really in love with Margherita, a baker's daughter (portrayed as La Fornarina in his painting in the Palazzo Barberini).
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing inside and out 18/11/2017
    • Must not miss this 18/11/2017
    • Pantheon
    Address:
    Piazza della Rotonda
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6830 0230
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:30 - 19:30
    Other:
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    Campo de' Fiori
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    canadensis Says:

    This large open piazza is a place to wander and explore, while reflecting on how the world has changed since Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake here in 1600. There are many good trattorias where you can have a good snack or lunch while planning your visits to the many attractions in the surrounding area (Piazza Farnese, Palazzo Spada, San Girolamo della Carità).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Look at the produce for sale at the market stalls. If you have a rented apartment with cooking facilities, you can take some home and make your own dinner.
    • At the southwest corner of the square, at the Via de' Cappellari, is an inn that belonged to Vannozza Cattanei, mistress of Pope Alexander VI. Two famous progeny of theirs were Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia. The Borgia coat of arms is still on the facade of the building.
    • Stay away from the Campo dei Fiori late at night. There tends to be a lot of rowdiness.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Fun Place 18/11/2017
    • Brilliant meal great atmosphere 15/11/2017
    • Campo de' Fiori
    Address:
    Piazza di Campo de' Fiori
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 687 5287
    Other:
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    Piazza del Popolo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    canadensis Says:

    The two little churches that frame the Via del Corso contain minor works of the late 17th century. The main attraction in this piazza is the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, which contains two Caravaggio masterpieces, The Conversion of Saint Paul and The Crucifixion of Saint Peter. Don't ignore the Pinturicchios and the architectural contributions of Bernini and Bramante.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Just to the north of Piazza del Popolo is Piazzale Flaminio, where you get the tram to the northern parts of Rome, to the MAXXI Museum and many good restaurants.
    • Caravaggio arrived in Rome from northern Italy in 1592 and was supported as a painter by prominent Roman cardinals. As a painter he brought a new dimension of realism; as a man he was rowdy and violent. He was forced to leave Rome in 1606 after committing a murder, and wandered through Naples, Malta, and Sicily before attempting a return to Rome, dying violently on the way.
    • The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi near Piazza Navona also has not-to-be-missed paintings by Caravaggio, and one of my favorites is the Madonna of Loreto in the small Church of Sant'Agostino, also near Piazza Navona.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Delightful Place 18/11/2017
    • Unique 12/11/2017
    • Piazza del Popolo
    Address:
    Piazza del Popolo
    48121 Rome
    Italy
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    Palatine Hill
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    canadensis Says:

    Imagine how the bigwigs of Ancient Rome lived up here in their huge palaces. If possible, visit the House of Livia and the House of Augustus. A little more imagination may be required for the so-called House of Romulus (Iron Age remains discovered in the late 1940s) and the Lupercale (a grotto where Romulus and Remus were suckled by the wolf, discovered in 2007).

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • If you want to see the Museo Palatino, be sure to check its opening hours. Officially it is open 9 to 6, but we've been there during that period and found it closed.
    • The House of Livia is being excavated. Entry for visitors is limited and sporadic; visits by appointment and tours at specific times may be available. Do some research before going.
    • The House of Augustus can usually be visited provided you buy tickets specifically for it when you enter the Forum.
    • Livia, immortalized by Sian Phillips in the BBC series "I, Claudius," was the wife of the Emperor Augustus, and the next emperor Tiberius was her son by a previous marriage. She was a strong and dangerous consort; she may have been behind the deaths of various relatives of Augustus who threatened to take the succession away from Tiberius. But in the end she was made a goddess.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stand and observe 18/11/2017
    • Palatine HIll - So Much to See 17/11/2017
    • Palatine Hill
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39.06.39967700
    Other:
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    Trastevere
    Neighbourhoods
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    canadensis Says:

    Trastevere has a little of everything: restaurants, picturesque alleys, little shops, and old churches. Don't miss the Church of San Crisogono with the Paleochristian church below it. Trastevere is a little less crowded than the central tourist area near the Trevi fountain, and the tram no. 8 is a convenient link to Largo Argentina and Piazza Venezia.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check restaurant reviews before deciding where to eat. Trastevere has some of the best and some of the worst little restaurants in Rome.
    • You will probably visit the church of Santa Cecilia, built on the site of the saint's supposed residence. Cecilia was a Roman noblewoman who was martyred in the 2nd century. She has become the patron saint of music, and in her honor the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was established by papal bull in 1585. Today it has one of the best orchestras in Rome and gives regular concerts.
    • Through the convent next to the church of Santa Cecilia you can get access to view the magnificent Last Judgment fresco by Pietro Cavallini (13th century).
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not sure what the hype is about 18/11/2017
    • Lovely 18/11/2017
    • Trastevere
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    Villa Farnesina
    Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    canadensis Says:

    Just a short walk from Trastevere along the Via Lungara, this villa is a harmonious masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture and painting. The Loggia of Cupid and Psyche was painted by Raphael and his workshop, while the Loggia of Galatea contains Raphael's stunning fresco of Galatea.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open only in the mornings. Across the Street is the Palazzo Corsini with its Galleria Corsini, which includes a John the Baptist by Caravaggio. Be sure to check the hours for the Corsini; they are sometimes very limited.
    • Rome has always been a magnet for ambitious people from the rest of Italy. Agostino Chigi, who is responsible for building the Villa Farnesina, was a banker from Siena. He became very rich and the friend of popes. He supported many important artists, including Raphael, Perugino, and Sebastiano del Piombo. The Chigi family has continued to be a mainstay of Italian art and music through the centuries.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Small Gem 16/11/2017
    • A very enjoyable 1.5 hours visiting this home 12/11/2017
    • Villa Farnesina
    Address:
    Via della Lungara 230
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    39 6 68027268
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    canadensis Says:

    One of the four major basilicas of Rome, Santa Maria Maggiore is notable for 13th century frescoes, by Cavallini in the transept and by Jacopo Torriti in the apse. The 5th-century mosaics on the triumphal arch and in the nave are among the earliest extant biblical cycles depicting New Testament events.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Even though the rules have been relaxed in many places, it's always a good idea to dress conservatively when visiting churches in Italy.
    • Pope Gregory VII was kidnapped while saying Mass here in 1075. Some thought the German emperor Henry IV was behind the kidnapping. The Pope was rescued by the Roman people the next day.
    • Santa Maria Maggiore is often regarded as "the people's basilica." In 1347 Cola di Rienzo led a shortlived uprising of the Roman people against the papal government and was crowned Tribune of Rome in this church.
    • While you're in the neighborhood, you should also visit the little churches of Santa Prassede and Santa Pudenziana, which contain beautiful early mosaics.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking Basilica 18/11/2017
    • Worth a Vist if you Liked St. Peter's 18/11/2017
    • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    Address:
    Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42
    00185 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6988 6800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    canadensis Says:

    One of the four major basilicas of Rome (the others being Saint Peter's, Santa Maria Maggiore, and San Paolo Fuori le Mura), the Lateran has a lot to see. The beautiful tabernacle in the center is based on Arnolfo di Cambio. Poor Pope Martin V in his tomb nearby has to suffer the indignity of having coins thrown at him by visitors. The cloister is tranquil and exquisite, with (for music lovers) a manuscript by Palestrina. The attached Baptistery is known for its 5th century mosaics.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buses, trams, and the metro A line make it easy to get to the Lateran.
    • Arnolfo di Cambio is a 13th-century Tuscan sculptor and architect. You will find his works also in Orvieto and Florence.
    • Pope Martin V, a member of the Colonna family of Rome, was the first pope to return to Rome after the long schism when the papacy went to Avignon. The French tried to convince him to keep the papacy in Avignon and the Germans tried to get him to settle there, but he insisted on returning to Rome, which he found in total ruin. The Lateran basilica in particular needed restoration, and he brought in famous artists to work on it.
    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, the most important Roman composer of the Renaissance, wrote primarily sacred choral music.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Papal cathedral 18/11/2017
    • Sacred steps and beautiful statues 16/11/2017
    • Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
    Address:
    Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6988 6433
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    canadensis Says:

    It could be argued that San Paolo Fuori le Mura is the most magnificent of the four major basilicas (except possibly Saint Peter's). The 13th century mosaics glow and illuminate the vast space. The ciborium (altar canopy) is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio and Cavallini, and the nearby candelabrum dates from the 12th century. The cloister is peaceful and near it is an interesting little museum.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's easy to get here on the B metro line (direction Laurentina).
    • Pietro Cavallini is buried in a small chapel in the transept which also contains a crucifix attributed to Cavallini.
    • The long series of medallions of the popes was initiated by Pope Leo the Great in the 5th century.
    • The Church was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1823, and the 13th-century cloister is almost all that remains of the previous church.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely byzantine mosaics 04/10/2017
    • Basilica San Paolo, in perfect harmony 02/10/2017
    • Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura
    Address:
    Via Ostiense 186
    00146 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 541 0341
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Villa Borghese
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    canadensis Says:

    A huge park in the center of Rome, the Villa Borghese is the place for a long walk on a sunny day, and the adjoining Pincio, overlooking Piazza del Popolo, offers beautiful views of Rome. The Villa Borghese contains several important museums, including the Borghese, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Villa Giulia, but each one deserves a special visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is bus and tram service inside the park; the 116 bus goes right to the Museo Borghese.
    • Visitors are limited at the Museo Borghese; be sure to reserve in advance.
    • You can also enter the Villa Borghese from the Piazza del Popolo or from Via Vittorio Veneto.
    • Paolina Bonaparte, a sister of Napoleon, was asked by him in 1798 to marry the Roman prince Camillo Borghese. A few years later Antonio Canova created his sculpture of her as Venus Victorious, which is in the Galleria Borghese.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretty but really huge 17/11/2017
    • relaxing park 14/11/2017
    • Villa Borghese
    Address:
    P.zzale del Museo Borghese
    00155 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 2258 2330
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    Quattro Fontane
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    canadensis Says:

    This is a street you may find yourself on frequently, walking between the Stazione Termini area and the Quirinale or the Palazzo Barberini. There are several unpretentious places for a snack or quick lunch. The street is named after the intersection at the top of the hill, where the four fountains represent the Tiber, the Arno, Diana, and Juno. A short walk along Via del Quirinale takes you to two important examples of Baroque architecture, the church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (Borromini--don't miss the small cloister) and Sant'Andrea al Quirinale (Bernini).

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to limit your hill climbing (you can't eliminate it entirely), take the metro A line to the Barberini stop.
    • The Barberini family were originally from Tuscany, where they were merchants. They became rich in Rome, even more so after one of their family was elected Pope Urban VIII. The Palazzo Barberini was completed in 1633.
    • The four fountains were put in place in the late 16th century just a few decades after the Barberini came to Rome.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #139 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 11/10/2017
    • Fountains 21/08/2017
    • Quattro Fontane
    Address:
    Via Quattro Fontane, 23
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 474 1515
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    Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    canadensis Says:

    San Clemente is a fascinating journey into the past. Underneath the street-level church, built in the 12th century, is an older church (4th or 5th century), and below that are remains of a 1st-century building containing a Mithraic temple. There are frescoes on every level, which deserve a leisurely study. An oddity is the supposed burial place of the Byzantine Saint Cyril, who spread Christianity to Russia. Don't ignore the street-level church; it contains impressive mosaics and a beautiful fresco cycle on St. Catherine of Alexandria by Masolino da Panicale.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Treat your visit to San Clemente like a hiking expedition. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for uneven floors, rickety stairs, and dim lighting.
    • The excavations are due to the initiative of Father Joseph Mullooly, who was Prior of San Clemente for 30 years. Born in Ireland, he came to Italy and became a Dominican priest. He wrote several books, and among his discoveries was the tomb of Saint Cyril.
    • Be sure to read the story of Saint Clement, one of the earliest popes. They tried to drown him with an anchor around his neck.
    • Cyril and his brother Methodius were Byzantine Greeks who brought Christianity to the Slavs in the 9th century. They are also credited with creating the Glagolitic alphabet, a precursor of the Cyrillic alphabet used today in Russia.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting visit 15/11/2017
    • Hidden Gem but no photos 12/11/2017
    • Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
    Address:
    Via Labicana 95
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 774 0021
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    Santa Francesca Romana
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    canadensis Says:

    This church, formerly called Santa Maria Nova, is now named for a 15th-century saint dear to the hearts of Romans. In the apse is a beautiful 12th-century mosaic of the Madonna and Child, but the real jewel is in the sacristy, and you will have to ask an attendant to let you in. This is the 5th-century Madonna Glykofilousa, the earliest icon of Mary in the world. Although it is covered with reflective glass, its beauty and spirit still shine through.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Born in Rome in the Trastevere, Francesca joined the Sisters of the church of Santa Maria Nova (now called Santa Francesca Romana) and eventually became head of the order, the Oblates of Santa Francesca Romana, which is still active. She is considered the patron saint of motorists.
    • Santa Francesca's convent is now called the Monastery of Tor de' Specchi, located in the Via del Teatro di Marcello. An important cycle of frescoes by Antoniazzo Romano can be viewed there only on March 9 and the following Sundays in March.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #265 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old church 18/10/2017
    • Big 10 th century church 02/09/2017
    • Santa Francesca Romana
    Address:
    Piazza di Santa Francesca Romana 4
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 679 5528
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    Santi Giovanni e Paolo
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    canadensis Says:

    A favorite church for Roman weddings, Santi Giovanni e Paolo is named for two Roman soldiers who were martyred in c.e. 362. It contains a 13th century fresco, but you will have to find someone to open the door for you. The thing not to miss is the ancient Roman houses below the church (the entrance is in the street leading up to the church). They contain magnificent ancient pagan frescoes and there is an excellent museum.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You have less chance of taking the wrong path if you approach from the Via Claudia. You can combine this visit with Santa Maria in Domnica (9th century mosaics) just down the street. And beside it is the Villa Celimontana, a good place to enjoy the park and take a rest.
    • Saint Paul of the Cross is buried in the church. He founded the order of Passionists in the 18th century and is famous for his many letters of spiritual counsel. The Passionists are devoted to meditation on the Passion of Christ and they are still in charge of this church.
    • Restorations were done around 1950 at the expense of Cardinal Spellman of New York City.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #215 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Santi Giovanni e Paolo 27/10/2017
    • Lovely church 17/10/2017
    • Santi Giovanni e Paolo
    Address:
    Piazza Dei Santi Giovanni E Paolo 13
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 700 5745
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    Cimitero Monumentale del Verano
    Cemeteries
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    canadensis Says:

    A stroll through this cemetery is interesting for the funerary architecture and the suggestions of family history that you can piece together from the inscriptions. If you want to find a particular tomb, there are maps online, but a little serendipidty may be necessary too. We went to visit the tomb of the opera singer Claudia Muzio and found it (Muzio and Maria Callas bestride the world of 20th-century Italian opera). Italian families pay their respects regularly on November 1 and 2.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The entrance to the cemetery is right next to the basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura, which is well worth a visit. Be sure to arrive before noon, because the church closes tight at 12:00.
    • Alberto Moravia, the 20th-century Roman novelist, is also buried here. His novel La Ciociara was made into a film by Vittorio de Sica starring Sophia Loren (the English title is Two Women). Moravia's former home on the Lungotevere della Vittoria can also be visited, but only one day each month. He was found dead in his apartment in 1990.
    • Flowers can be bought from vendors outside the entrance to the cemetery.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #318 of 1,865 things to do in Rome
    • Differnt 30/06/2017
    • Cemetery with beautiful architecture and landscapi. Verano, rome 25/12/2015
    • Cimitero Monumentale del Verano
    Address:
    Piazzale del Verano 1
    00185 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 492361
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