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Rome just might sell itself.

No blog post in the world can really do justice to the city that conquered the world by force in antiquity and built a never-ending string of sites, sounds, masterpieces, and even tastes that conquer tourists at present day.

You need to see it and here’s your head start:

Here are 20 things to do in Rome.

Check out the Pantheon

The ‘Temple of Every God’ is arguably the best building in the city and almost two thousand years after being built is still the world’s largest un-reinforced concrete dome.

a horse and carriage outside the pantheon in rome italy, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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Go People Watching at the Spanish Steps

This monumental 135 step stairway is not only one of the most picturesque locations in a city of picturesque locations, but it’s the city’s meeting point and dominated by pedestrians going every which way.

tourists surround the spanish steps in rome italy
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Eat Gelato

It’s very simple: the ice cream here is outstanding and you wouldn’t dare not grab a couple of scoops and go for a passegiata (‘walk’) after dinner.

two tourists having gelato in italy
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Hit the Campo dei Fiori Markets

This daily food market called the ‘field of flowers’ dates back to the mid-1800s and is the perfect place to pick up some quality Italian ingredients to have a picnic lunch.

a craftsman at work in campo dei fiori rome
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Take Down Some Tripe

It’s easy to hesitate at the idea of cow stomach but in Rome the tripe becomes favourably buttery and the pungent smell all but evaporates in a spicy tomato sauce.

a plate of roman tripe at a restaurant in rome italy
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See the Colosseum

This ancient Roman amphitheater held between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators for its gladitorial contests and mock sea battles and today is one of the most recognised buildings in the world.

a view of the colosseum at sunset in rome italy
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Eat Bucatini all’Amatriciana

This classic Roman pasta dish from nearby Amatrice is made with guanciale (a type of bacon made from pig’s cheek), chili, tomato, and a touch of white wine.

tourists eat bucatini alla amatriciana in rome italy
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Take a Tour of Vatican City

Believer or not, you wouldn’t dream of skipping out on this independent city-state and headquarters of the Catholic faith. A tour helps understand the enormous amount of history here at a maximum depth – with a minimal amount of effort 😉

an aerial view of vatican city rome
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Snack on the Real Spaghetti Carbonara

England and America take note: there’s no cream, chicken, or mushroom here. The traditional recipe from Rome is just egg yolk, black pepper, guanciale, and grated Pecorino.

a plate of pasta alla carbonara in rome italy
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Walk Around Trastevere

The escape from the urban hustle and bustle offered by the car-free, cobbled streets and cafes in this local neighbourhood soothes the soul after getting ‘touristed’ half to death in the rest of the city.

locals walk their dogs in the neighbourhood of trastevere rome
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Visit the Capitoline Museums

The world’s first public museum is home to the bronze Capitoline Wolf,  an important figure in Roman folklore. You’ll also find paintings from Caravaggio and Battista as well as busts of many Roman emperors.

an antique mask on display at the capitoline museums in rome italy, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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Throw Some Coins into the Trevi Fountain

It’s on all the postcards and for good reason: there are few fountains more majestic and beautiful than this baroque classic finished in the mid-1700’s.

Throwing one, two, or three coins into the fountain with your right hand ensures you’ll return to Rome, fall in love with an attractive Roman, and marry that same person.

tourists surround the trevi fountain in rome, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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Go Shopping on Via del Governo Vecchio

Though people will urge you to go to nearby Via Condotti and its 100 meter stretch of impossibly expensive Italian designers, the cheaper alternative is Via del Governo Vecchio where you’ll find vintage clothing, boutique shops, and popular restaurants.

tourists walk along the shopping street via governo vecchio rome, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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Pig Out on Pasta Cacio e Pepe

This minimalist pasta dish meaning simply ‘cheese and pepper’ is made with Pecorino Romano and is Rome’s answer to macaroni and cheese.

tourists eat cacio e pepe pasta in rome italy
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Take a Day Trip to Ostia Antica

This large archaeological site in the modern suburb of Ostia was the harbour city of ancient Rome and is home to some of the most well preserved ancient buildings in the world.

roman ruins outside rome in ostia antica, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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See St. Peter’s Basilica

The world’s largest church has stood on the same spot since 1626 and is easily the biggest pilgrimage site for members of the Catholic faith. Even non-believers though will marvel in the church’s vastness.

tourists stand in front of the dome at st peter's basilica, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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Wander Around the Roman Forum

You’ll find most of ancient Rome’s most important structures situated here from the Arch of Septimus Severus to the Temple of Saturn to a variety of government houses and monuments.

an overhead view of the ruins at the roman forum rome italy
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See the Galleria Borghese

This half-villa/half-museum offers splendid rooms filled with masterpieces by Canova and Caravaggio and some of the most beautiful private gardens in the world.

statues and paintings at the galleria borghese rome italy, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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Peep Piazza Navona

Arguably the most popular public space in Rome is this enormous, oval-shaped square famous for its restaurants, extravagant fountains, and gelaterias. Check out the Rome Museum in the Renaissance Palazzao Braschi.

tourists walk around in piazza navona rome italy, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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Soak Up the Sistine Chapel

The frescoes that decorate the interior of this chapel in the Apostolic Palace are the stuff of legend: make sure you check out the ceiling for a look at Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’.

a view of the ceiling at the sistine chapel rome italy, 20 Things to Do in Rome
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