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If you have been to Rome before and have seen all of the typical tourist sites - there is so much more to see on your second visit. We were fortunate to spend 10 days in Rome this past Winter and had a great time seeing a variety of different attractions the 2nd time around.

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  • History Buff
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10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Centrale Montemartini

Art Museums

Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, History Museums

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps

Art Museums

Terme di Caracalla

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Museo delle Mura

Speciality Museums

Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura

Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites

Celestina ai Parioli

Restaurants

Obica Mozzarella Bar - Parlamento

Restaurants

Diane K's City Tips

  • We typically had a big breakfast (included in the cost of our room) at our hotel in the morning. Then we ate our big meal of the day around 2 in the afternoon. Most restaurants are closed between 3 and 7 (or 8) so we were able to save by only eating two meals a day.
  • Tips are included in the price of meals. This made eating much more economical.
  • To find some of these sites we used Google maps to let us know what buses and trams to take. We found this very helpful and it was easy to traverse the city.
  • Centrale Montemartini
    Art Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    This museum is very unique and special. It is located in a former power generation plant. The Capital Museum moved sculptures here when renovations were being conducted at the main museum. They have decided to leave the statues here. The contrast between the sculptures and the equipment was quite striking and interesting. Descriptions (in English) are provided for both the sculptures and the equipment. Absolutely striking.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It was a little walk from the bus stop - but so worth it. It is in the middle of an industrial area - which is interesting to walk through.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No crowds + unique industrial location + Capitolini-level collection = great museum! 19/08/2018
    • An abandoned powerhouse turned art museum in Rome 18/08/2018
    • Centrale Montemartini
    Address:
    Via Ostiense 106
    00154 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 0608
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    We enjoyed the gallery and also took the guided tour of the Princess Isabella Apartments. The highlight was the apartment tour - which we thoroughly enjoyed. The guide provides an abundance of information relating to the family. Everything within the apartments are gorgeous.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Only open on Saturdays from 9 AM to 1:15 PM. Plan to go early in the day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Colonna Family Palazzio collection & gardens are impressive 20/10/2018
    • Hidden Rome Attraction 02/10/2018
    • Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna
    Address:
    Via della Pilotta 17
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 678 4350
    Hours:
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 1:15 PM
    Other:
  • Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
    Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, History Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    Visiting this palace / gallery was very interesting. One of the current princes (that lived in the palace) is the commentator of the English audio guide. He tells you many behind the scenes stories - which makes for a wonderful visit. The palace is beautiful and well maintained.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The audio guide is complementary and is included in your entrance fee.
    • Pictures are not allowed within the palace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Would have skipped it 20/10/2018
    • Worth a visit 16/10/2018
    • Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
    Address:
    Via del Corso 305
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 679 7323
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps
    Art Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    This museum is a little known gem in Rome. You are able to get close up photos of the various statues - which is great for photographers. The art was well displayed and signage was in both Italian and English.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Your ticket also provides entrance into the Palazzo Massimo, Crypta Balbi and Terme di Diocleziano) for 3 or 4 days.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Glömd pärla 14/10/2018
    • Worth going in for the views!! 16/09/2018
    • Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps
    Address:
    Piazza Sant_Apollinare, 46
    accanto Piazza Navona
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 668 4851
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:45 PM
    Other:
  • Terme di Caracalla
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Diane K Says:

    The baths were gigantic and very interesting to visit. They were the second largest baths in Rome and were built between 212 and 216 AD. It is amazing the detail of the mosaics that remain.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It was somewhat difficult to find. There is a park walkway that is in front of the entrance.
    • Entrance is free on the 1st Sunday - but they do not provide audio guides on these days. I would suggest the audio guides - since there are few signs in English.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An imprssively huge site full of interest. 19/10/2018
    • Please Increase the Explanatory Signage! 14/10/2018
    • Terme di Caracalla
    Address:
    Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 3996 7700
    Hours:
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    Interesting museum that is not crowded and has many interesting sculptures. It is well presented and makes for great photo ops. We also watched a video about the Roman Forum - it was in Italian, but the photography was very good. An exhibit relating to the evolution of the current calendar was also interesting.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • This museum is part of a group of museums that if you go to one, you can go to the others without paying more. The Palazzo Altemps is the largest of the museums in the group.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not a popular gem but probably the most interesting museum in a city full of museums! 14/10/2018
    • Not as well known as it deserves to be 10/10/2018
    • Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
    Address:
    Largo di Villa Peretti 67
    Museo Nazionale Romano
    00185 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 480201
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:45 PM
    Other:
  • Museo delle Mura
    Speciality Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    The Roman Wall Museum was fun to visit. They have exhibits that explain the history of the wall. Plus you are able to walk quite a ways along the wall. Views of the city and wall are intriguing.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Go early in the day. Last entrance is at 1 PM with closure at 2.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #264 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice views from the terrace 14/10/2018
    • A museum for Roman History enthusiasts 27/09/2018
    • Museo delle Mura
    Address:
    Via di Porta San Sebastiano 18
    00179 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 0608
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Other:
  • Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura
    Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Diane K Says:

    We have visited many churches over our years - but this basilica is a true standout! It is gigantic and absolutely beautiful. The marble, ceilings and statues and size of the basilica were tremendous. Not many people were there when we visited in January. I especially liked the courtyard before you enter the basilica which is like the courtyards from the old Greek temples.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Enter from the "squarish" side of the basilica (not the rounded end) in order to get the full effect of the courtyard when you enter the church - just fabulous.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • maybe out of tours main focus but It's really worth a visit 10/03/2018
    • great place 28/12/2017
    • Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura
    Address:
    Via Ostiense 186
    00146 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 541 0341
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Celestina ai Parioli
    Restaurants
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    Diane K Says:

    Italians love to take their families out early on Sunday afternoons for lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch taking in this Italian vibe. The food was heavenly (swordfish and Saltimbocca all Romana). The potatoes and broccoletti were also wonderful. Also we enjoyed the apple pie and millefoglie for dessert. The little Italian boy next to us had the chocolate covered salami - he said it was good! We were the only speaking people in the restaurant - and were very welcomed.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Try something new and enjoy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • One of the best pasta selection ever 12/01/2016
    • so so 05/12/2015
    • Celestina ai Parioli
    Address:
    Viale dei Parioli, 184
    00197 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 807 8242
    Price range:
    US$ 32 - US$ 44
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Obica Mozzarella Bar - Parlamento
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    Diane K Says:

    Enjoy the local culture and go to this mozzarella bar. My husband hates cheese - but we both had a wonderful time at this stylish hangout. Food was so fresh and tasty. I have never had better mozzarella. The desserts were also GREAT - especially the chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Don't forget to have dessert.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,256 of 10,985 restaurants in Rome
    • Nice place to drop in and have a rest 11/10/2018
    • @indicegastronomico 05/10/2018
    • Obica Mozzarella Bar - Parlamento
    Address:
    Via Dei Prefetti 26a
    Corner Piazza Firenze, Parlamento
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 683 2630
    Price range:
    US$ 23 - US$ 46
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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