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Best things to do in Metropolitan City of Rome

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“One of the 6 monumental entrances of Villa Borghese, built at the end of 1827 and located in Piazzale Flaminio. The propylaea from which the entrance takes its name were designed by Luigi Canina on models from ancient Greece.”
540 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Big museum with paints, sculptures, Ancient Egypt, Roman Empire, Renaissance. The best time is early morning at 9.00! You won't have to wait on a crazy line!”
444 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Defined during the fifteenth century, the Baroque-style Piazza Navona is one of the most charming and popular squares in Rome.The public square is built on the site where the Stadium of Domitian (Circus Agonalis), founded in 86 AD, once stood. It could hold approximately 20,000 spectators, which came here to see different athletic competitions.The most beautiful parts of Piazza Navona are its three fountains, designed during the papacy of Gregory XIII: Until mid-nineteenth century, every summer the drains of the three fountains were blocked and the centre of the square was flooded to make the “Lake of Piazza Navona”. It was greatly enjoyed by the locals. The square is surrounded by restaurants and terraces giving Piazza Navona a lively and delightful atmosphere during the day. Here, visitors can enjoy performances by street artists like magicians and dancers. ”
317 locals recommend
Park
“Trevi Fountain is the most beautiful fountain in Rome. Measuring some 20 meters in width by 26 meters in height, Trevi Fountain is also the largest fountain in the city. The origins of the fountain go back to the year 19 B.C., in which period the fountain formed the end of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct. The first fountain was built during the Renaissance, under the direction of Pope Nicholas V. The final appearance of the Trevi Fountain dates from 1762, when after many years of works at the hand of Nicola Salvi, it was finalized by Giuseppe Pannini. Interestingly enough, the name of Trevi derives from Tre Vie (three ways), since the fountain was the meeting point of three streets. Why are there always people in the fountain throwing coins into the water and taking photos of themselves? The myth, originating in 1954 with the movie "Three Coins in the Fountain," goes like this: If you throw one coin: you will return to Rome. If you throw two coins: you will fall in love with an attractive Italian. If you throw three coins: you will marry the person that you met. In order to achieve the desired effect, you should throw the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder. For us Trevi Fountain is the most beautiful fountain in the world. Whether under daylight or warmly lit up at night, the fountain is never lonely.”
292 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Pantheon, completed in 126AD, was a Roman temple with a surprising oculus that is the building's main source of natural light. The Pantheon of Agrippa, also known as the Roman Pantheon, is one of the architectural masterpieces of the Italian capital. It is the best preserved building from ancient Rome. The construction of the current Pantheon was carried out during the reign of Hadrian, in the year 126 A.D. The name of Agrippa comes from the place in which the current building is built, which was previously occupied by the Pantheon of Agrippa, built in the year 27 B.C and that was destroyed in a fire in the year 80 A.D. At the beginning of the 7th century the building was donated to the Pope Boniface IV, who transformed it into a church, in which function it currently finds itself in a perfect state of preservation. The most surprising aspect of the architecture in the Pantheon is its measurements: the circular building has exactly the same diameter as its height: 43.5 metres. The dome, which has the same diameter, is bigger than that of St. Peter's Basilica. At its top, a 9 meter diameter opening allows natural light to illuminate the entire building.”
266 locals recommend
Castle
“Known as Hadrian's Tomb, the Castel Sant'Angelo is a fortress located on the right bank of the Tiber, a short distance from the Vatican City.Construction of the building began in the year 135 under the direction of the Emperor Hadrian, who intended to use it as mausoleum for himself and his family. It was finished in the year 139 and a short time later, it became a military building, which in the year 403 would be integrated to the Aurelian Walls. In the year 590, while a great epidemic of plague devastated the city, the Pope Gregory I had a vision of Saint Michael the Archangel on top of the castle, announcing the end of the epidemic. In memory of the apparition the building is crowned with a statue of an angel. In the year 1277 an 800 metre fortified corridor was built that connected the castle with the Vatican City so that the Pope could escape in the event that he were in danger. During the sieges that occurred in Rome during 1527, the Pope Clement VII used the fortress as a refuge.”
337 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Amphitheatrum Flavium is the most famous and impressive monument of ancient Rome, as well as the largest amphitheater in the world. ”
557 locals recommend
Church
“It's the largest of the four papal basilicas of Rome, known throughout the world.”
260 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“This neighborhood has had some interesting artists and literary people. It is very nice to take a walk during the day and resting during lunch in a nice typical roman restaurant or "tavernetta". Trastevere changes compeletly it's mood at night. Full of young people walking by and having a drink with friends. Quiet every night in the central piazza you may find some groups that play in the street. I suggest to go there by lunch and by night to see the difference. If you may, take a bicycle through the day. ”
348 locals recommend
Route
“Via del Corso is a main street in the historical centre of Rome. Today, the Corso is a popular place for the "passeggiata", the evening stroll for the populace to be seen and to see others. It is also an important shopping street for tourists and locals alike. Here you can find the big national and international stores, as well as small shops with great bargains. Without a shadow of doubt chic shopping in Rome is traditionally done in the Tridente neighbourhood. The street itself is remarkable for being absolutely straight in an area characterized by narrow meandering alleys and small piazzas. The length of the street is roughly 1.5 kilometres. The Corso runs in a generally north-south direc”
113 locals recommend
Park
“Wide public park where you can enjoy walking and running far away from the city mood. There are some playground as well and a romantic lake. It was the country residence of a ancient roman nobility family, so you can have an idea about their life style.”
307 locals recommend
Border Crossing
“It is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome in the city of Rome and serves as the seat of the Roman Pontiff.”
283 locals recommend
Plaza
“Square that takes its name from the Iberian embassy there. It is known above all for the surreal and enchanting beauty of the staircase that dominates its scene, that of Trinità dei Monti. At the center of the square "la barcaccia" the small but enchanting masterpiece of Baroque art by Gianlorenzo Bernini.”
137 locals recommend
Plaza
“Campo de' Fiori, is a rectangular square south of Piazza Navona at the border between rione Parione and rione Regola. Night Life is there !!! ”
247 locals recommend
Plaza
“Piazza del Popolo is a large urban square in Rome. The name in modern Italian literally means "People's Square", but historically it derives from the poplars (populus in Latin, pioppo in Italian) after which the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in the northeast corner of the piazza, takes its name.”
180 locals recommend
Museum
“Interesting museum for art lovers. The best italian art pieces, apart from the Vatican Museum, you will find them here! Plus you are in the center of Rome so a good Tiramisu or Ice cream won't hurt you!”
196 locals recommend