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Things to See & Do in Rome


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Tourist Information

The main APT tourist office (which is often less crowded) is located at Villa Parigi 5 and is open Mon-Friday between 8:15am-7:15pm and on Saturday until 1:45pm (06-488-991). The APT office in Stazione Termini is open daily 8:15am-9:00pm. The office in the airport is open daily 8am-7pm.

Tours

Rome(ing) Tours
They offer 5 excellent English language walking tours  for independent travelers and students, including the All Over Rome tour (3hrs) and the Vatican Tour (4hrs) for 23 (18 for students). They also offer a Dark Tour/Pub Crawl (20). (034-9671-0823)

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
One of the better deals in Rome, this tour on ATAC bus #110 costs about 16 and takes you on an English speaking guided bus tour of 80 of Rome’s best sites. You can hop off the bus at any point to explore that site more thoroughly and then catch the next bus.  Without getting off the bus the entire tour lasts just under 2 hours.  Departures every 15 minutes (on the hour and half-hour). (06-4695-2252)

Areas & Attractions

Trastevere
A colorful neighborhood that demands to be explored! Its wonderful winding streets are lined with excellent bars, cafés and affordable restaurants. The nightlife here is one of the most hopping in Rome. Also check out the interesting flea market on Sunday mornings.

The Pantheon
This impeccable structure, symbolizing the glory and culture of ancient Rome is remarkably well preserved. Admission is free. Open Mon-Sat, 8:30am-7:30 PM and Sundays from 9am-6pm.

Colosseum
One of Rome’s most visited sites, this grand arena witnessed some of the most brutal and bloody spectator events in ancient civilization.  Open daily, 9am-1 hour before sunset. Costs about 11.

Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps)
Since the 18th century, this gorgeous piazza has attracted the most beautiful and talented Romans and foreigners alike to share drink, music and conversation. Home to the Spanish Steps (formerly the 18th century Spanish Embassy). A great spot to relax and enjoy the fantastic and constantly active scenery.

Roman Forum/Pallantine Hill
The heart of ancient Rome, this site was once the pulse of the entire city.  The Forum holds some of the most impressive remains that depict the complexities and grandeur of the Roman Empire – it should not be missed. Admission to the forum and to Pallantine Hill is about 11. 

St. Peter’s Basilica
One of the largest churches in the world and one of Michelangelo’s best contributions (the great dome), the Basilica is well worth a visit.  For a more comprehensive experience take the free 90-minute tour. Open 7am-7pm (until 6pm October - April).

Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel
A massive collection of art housed in an equally enormous complex -   one of the best collections in Europe. Check out the Sistine Chapel to gaze at Michelangelo’s frescos, the Creation and the Last Judgment. Costs 14. Free last Sunday of month (8:30am-12:30pm).