What to do in Rome

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Rome Attractions

If you're lucky enough to be planning a visit to the city of Rome, Italy, you are probably hoping to find ways to have the best possible adventure during your time as a tourist in the “Eternal City”. An excellent way to ensure your tourist dollars go as far as possible is to browse Expedia for the most recent information and deals on Rome tours

, specials on lodging accommodations, and tips and advice on top local places that are off the beaten path. We can also help you book Rome excursions designed to cater to your specific tastes and interests. For instance, if you are a lover of classic architecture, we can arrange Rome tours for you that will take you to all of the must see attractions in Rome.

If you consider your trip to be at least partially a religious pilgrimage, we can make certain that at visit to Vatican City is on your list of Rome activities. History buffs will not be able to pry themselves away from Rome without at least one visit to the ancient City of Seven Hills, which is said to be the original spot where the city of Rome was founded.

Things to do in Rome are so abundant that it would be impossible to list all of them here, but it's fair to say that no one is going to be bored while on vacation in Rome. Some people like to get a map of all of the art galleries and spend their days looking at original masterpieces and discovering modern local artists, while others enjoy nothing more than meandering the side streets of Rome and stopping in at whatever spots strike their fancy at the time. Rome is a wonderful city for those who appreciate time-honored culinary traditions.

While you are a guest of the city of Rome, forget about dining at the trendy spots where the tourists flock as if on cue. Go and find the places on the side streets with herbs in pots at their front doors and where the wine has just been opened. Pamper yourself with local traditions for a one-of-a kind trip.


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What to do in Rome

Free Things to Do in Rome

There's no need to run your credit card hot in Rome. The following won't cost a red cent.

Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars - See if there are any special exhibitions or guided tours on at this popular museum.

Art Center Acea - This is a must-visit for culture vultures eager to add an artistic flourish to their escape.

Tribunale Ordinario di Roma - Admire the design and creativity of this fantastic example of modern architecture.

Borghese Palace - Amble around this historic attraction and learn some secrets from times past.

Piazza del Parlamento - Stroll the streets and take in the atmosphere of this bustling area.

Tiber Island - Shut your eyes and draw a deep breath — nothing tops being by the water for some peace and relaxation.

Augustus' Mausoleum - Make time to take a look at this site of local significance.

Rome Baptist Church - Gain an insight into the local beliefs at this spiritual sanctuary.

Città dell’Acqua - Get away from the big city and reconnect with nature at this incredible place.

Giardino del Lago - Organize a picnic date and enjoy a walk around the trees and shrubs.

Things to Do in Rome with Kids

There's fun for the entire family wherever you roam in Rome. Here are some family friendly experiences to do together that are certain to make your vacation unforgettable:

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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Rome on a sunny day?
Enjoy the great weather (and get some fresh air while you’re at it) with these top activities:


What to do in Rome on a rainy day?
What is Rome famous for?
No vacation in Rome is really complete without seeing St. Peter’s Basilica and Roman Forum.
What should I not miss in Rome?
Don’t venture home without checking off the following superb sights:

  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon
  • Villa Borghese
  • Vatican Museums

Are there cheap things to do in Rome?
What can you do in Rome for free?
You’ll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your backpack with so many fantastic free things to do:

  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Piazza Navona
  • Villa Borghese
  • Circus Maximus


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