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The Vatican

There are several sites including the Sistene Chapel, the Vatican Museum, and the Vatican Gardens. Get your tickets early and avoid long lines.

https://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City  

Vatican Catacombs

The Vatican has started offering tours of the catacombs below St. Peter’s Basilica, supposedly the tomb of the first pope, Peter.

www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/uffscavi/documents/rc_ic_uffscavi_doc_gen-information_20090216_en.html

The Colosseum and Forum

Again, buy tickets online and early. Don’t fall for scammers on site saying they’ll get you in quickly.

www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm

Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy  

These three churches are much less crowded than the Vatican and contain incredible works of art.

Santa Maria del Popolo

15th century church containing works by Rafael (he designed the Chigi Chapel which contains his mosaics), Bernini (who was in charge of the 17th century reconstruction), and Caravaggio (two of his important painting hang in the church).

Piazza del Popolo 12 | Campo Marzio, 00187 Rome, Italy

Santa Maria Maggiore

Bernini’s “Saint Cajetan hold the Holy Child” is on display in the church (Bernini’s tomb is here as well). There are also fantastic frescoes by Passignano, Domenico Fontana, and Guido Reni.

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy

San Giovanni in Laterano

One of the most important churches in Rome. First consecrated in 324 AD, burned twice during the Avignon Papacy, and finally reconstructed in 1735. Six papal tombs are in this church. Highlight is the sculptures of the twelve apostles, each standing in their own niche.

Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy

Who says Rome is expensive? Everyone, because it is. But these three places are free!

Trevi Fountain

The most famous fountain in Rome, if not Europe. Toss a coin to ensure a return trip to the Eternal city.

Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome, Italy

Pantheon

Former Roman temple is now a church. One of the best preserved ancient buildings in Rome.

Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome, Italy

Spanish Steps

Elegant and always crowded 18th century staircase.

Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome, Italy

Capuchin Crypt

Final resting place of almost 4,000 Capuchin Monks. Their bones have been arranged in various designs like Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in order to demonstrate human mortality.

Via Vittorio Veneto 27 | Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione della Beata Vergine Maria, 00187 Rome, Italy

M.U.Ro

Outdoor museum of street art in the Quadraro neighborhood. Tours available.

www.muromuseum.blogspot.com/2015/06/muro-tours-in-english.html

Stumbling Stones

Small stone memorials to Holocaust victims, mostly found in the Trastevere neighborhood. You must look for the stones, they are not readily visible, but you can find five which seem to commemorate the same family at:

Viale di Trastevere, 114, 00153 Rome Italy

Cimitero Acattolico

Interesting cemetery for Protestants in the Testaccio neighborhood. Shelley and Keats are buried here.

Via Caio Cestio 6, 00153 Rome, Italy

Centrale Montemartini

Museum in the Garbatella neighborhood contains Greco Roman statuary and lots of other artifacts that are overflow from other museums. The setting of the museum in an old powerplant (with boilers and industrial equipment still on site) makes this a unique stop.

Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy

Studio Cassio

Classes teaching you how to make mosaics from experts. If you have deep pockets, they can make a custom mosaic for you.

Via Urbana 98, 00184 Rome, Italy

Secret Food Tours Rome

Everything from espresso to risotto balls to gelato. Don’t eat before!

www.secretfoodtours.com/rome/

Great Synagogue of Rome (Tempio Maggiore di Roma)

Largest synagogue in Rome with an excellent museum.

http://www.romaebraica.it/

Lungotevere De' Cenci 15 | (Sinagoga), 00186 Rome, Italy