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Do & See
Rome is one of a kind. No other city - not even Athens, Istanbul, London or New York - has as many world-class sites as Rome. Walking down Via del Fori Imperiali towards the Colosseum will impress even the most spoiled and shopping-crazed teenager. The city has so much to offer. In addition to the Roman heritage there are also Medieval neighbourhoods, well designed squares, colourful markets and of course, the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. This Rome guide suggests a few other places that must be seen.

Citysightseeing

From the Trevi fountain to the Colosseum, Rome’s abundant sights rival those of any other city on the planet. A tour on CitySightseeing’s distinctive red buses represents a tremendous way to see this incredible city for the first time, to get your bearings and to visit many of the major sights in a relatively short time period. Get on board and discover Rome from a different point of view.
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Colosseum

Colosseum is one of the most impressive sights in Rome and one of the world’s most famous venues. Many people and animals were killed here, you could see everything from gladiatorial games and drama to killings and battles between wild animals. Emperor Vespasian began the building which was completed by his son Titus. The building was completed in 80 A.D. Inauguration lasted one hundred days, and approximately 9,000 animals and 2,000 gladiators were killed during the event. At its peak this place had 87,000 spectators.
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Forum Romanum

Forum Romanum, one of the world’s top tourist attractions. It is like a fairy tale with its mosaic of temple ruins, worn marble streets and basilicas. It is located in the valley between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill. Forum Romanum was the commercial, political, and religious centre of ancient Rome. It was expanded to include temples, a senate house and law courts. When the Roman Empire fell, the Forum became forgotten, buried and was used as a cattle pasture during the Middle Ages.
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The Vatican City

The smallest state in the world, The Vatican City is situated in Rome. This is the home of the Pope but also almost a thousand other residents. They run their daily life with own postal system, shops and newspaper. After passing the Swiss guards with their distinctive clothing you can visit 11 different Vatican museums, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Gardens.
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Scuderie del Quirinale

Excellent changing exhibitions, a nice cafe, and a stunning view over Rome - from the tallest of its seven hills. The Scuderie del Quirinale (Quirinal Stables, also called Papal Stables) is 3000 m2 of exhibition space housed in the former stables of the gigantic palace opposite. That building, the Palazzo del Quirinale, is the former papal palace and current residence of the President of the Italian Republic. The whole complex sits atop the Quirinale Hill - the tallest of the seven hills of Rome. The complex also includes a cafeteria, a restaurant, a bookstore and a giftshop. It’s an ideal place to see some artfully curated and fascinating exhibitions, and a great place to grab a bite to eat as well (we heartily recommend the lunch buffet).
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St. Peter's Basilica

Explore one of Rome's most famous and magnificent sites with skip the line access so you can bypass the notoriously long lines! Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica is free of charge, but we will help you to skip the notoriously long lines and save up to two hours in waiting time. An official representative of the St. Peter's Basilica will meet you on St. Peter’s Square and take you to a dedicated fast track entrance line. You can follow the guide through the church, or use an official audio guide of the Basilica which will be provided, so you can go at your own pace. The Renaissance-style St Peter's Basilica is one of the most revered shrines in Christianity, and one of the largest churches in the world. Many different master architects took turns heading up this project during its 120-year-long construction. Renaissance big shots like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Raphael all had their turns, and each one contributed different features. It's remarkable that the result is as coherent as it is.
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Terme di Caracalla

Explore how the ancient civilization of Rome filled their lives with leisure and luxury. Visit the Thermae of Caracalla and be amazed by the structure of this imperial bath. This well-preserved and most finest bath of ancient Rome was constructed under the Emperor Caracalla and exhibits the rectangular shape typical to imperial spa centers. This bath was the finest in its time because the spa was not simply a place for bathing, sport and health, but is was also a place of study and relaxing. The total complex covers 25 hectares and is definitely a 'must-see' when you are spending time in Rome.
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Wax Museum

Discover the enchanted world of wax statues, with an Italian touch. It’s not the Colosseum or the Pantheon, but this wax museum certainly has its charms. Plus, it’s said to have the world’s third largest collection of wax figures. The Wax Museum in Rome is heavy on the historical figures, mixed with some modern day glamour. So there's diversion for younger ones, with a chance to learn about some historical heavyweights. Michelangelo, Picasso, Dante, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, and Luciano Pavarotti are only a few examples of the wax figures featured in this spot just off Piazza Venezia. Your ticket also gives you access to the laboratory where the waxworks are created. Don’t come expecting the glitz and polish of a Madame Tussauds; some of the figures and outfits are a little less than pristine, but that just adds to the charm of this off the beaten track attraction.
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Villa Adriana

Step outside of Rome and back in time with a visit to the beautiful ruins of Emperor Hadrian’s lavish retreat. Pools, steam baths, fountains and gardens (and more). As far as Roman Emperors go, Hadrian was one of the best. A humanist, a lover of Greek culture, and he has an impressive CV. He’s actually one of the Five Good Emperors (yes, there were only five). Also among his accomplishments is the rebuilding of the Pantheon, and the design of this beautiful villa just outside Rome. The Villa Adriana at Tivoli combines elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece and Rome into the form of an 'ideal city'. Originally intended as a retreat, Hadrian made it his official residence around 128 AD, where he lived with his court, governing Rome from just outside the city. With arcades, gardens, pools and all manner of architectural marvels, Villa Adriana is a fascinating window into the life at court of a Roman emperor, or even simply the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome, in an environment charged with ancient fascination.
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Palazzo delle Esposizioni

This cultural hotspot features a cinema, an auditorium, cafe, restaurant, library, and bookshop - as well as 10,000 m2 of exhibition space with revolving exhibitions. After five years of restoration work - including a full upgrade of its systems and facilities - the neoclassical Palazzo delle Esposizioni is now a state-of-the-art space for culture, ideas and la dolce vita. As a cultural hotspot it has a jam-packed presentation schedule including art exhibitions, film festivals, theatre and music to presentations of books and events. The art and the space itself will inspire plenty of animated discussions (hand gestures keenly encouraged). So once you're ready for a break, you can swing by the bar on the ground floor, or if you have some extra time, head to the rooftop restaurant for an authentic Italian meal, high above the city.
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Explora: the Kids' Museum

Explora is the Kids' Museum of Rome, a uniquely diverting experience for all kids visiting Rome. The museum consists of a huge covered space dedicated to games and educational workshops, where younger guests can be inspired to spend a couple of hours visiting, learning and enjoying. The most amazing attraction of Explora is the real simulation of how a city works, with the ability to perform odd jobs, be paid (virtual currency, of course!) and reinvest earnings in the reproduction of a supermarket, for gasoline and so on, all washed down with sections dedicated to plumbing, recycling and everything that can combine science and research to civil life. A trip through the museum is set up in four sections, where young visitors are invited to experiment along the way, under the watchful eyes of the museum's guides. The museum's goals are to promote learning and understanding through activities, games and socialization. The result is two hours of real fun for smart kids and their parents!
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The National Museums Of Ancient Rome

With this combined ticket you can visit 4 National Museums of the city of Rome. The ticket is valid for 3 days, giving you enough time to really experience culture from Ancient Rome. The four seats that make up the National Museum of ancient Rome are Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Balbi Crypt Museum and Diocletian Bath, and all show imposing art collections like paintings, sculptures, jewelery and other artefacts. In short, if you really want to dive into the rich history of Rome add the visits to these astounding and enthralling museums to your itinerary.
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Sant'Agnese in Agone

In the 17th-century Baroque church in Rome named Sant'Agnese in Agone you will enjoy a guided tour and a live Baroque music concert. This rich musical program explores the diverse musical heritage of the 17th century. It combines voice and original instruments of the period with a presentation of the marble, sculptures, frescoes and artistic wonders that begins in the Borromini Sacristy and ends with a moving final concert in Sant’Agnese in Agone, the jewel of Roman Baroque.
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Time Elevator

A trip in the Time Elevator is light-hearted, thrilling, and surprisingly informative. From the founding of Rome to the modern day Eternal City, don't just learn about Rome's history: live it! Just off Rome's famous shopping street - the Via Del Corso - the Time Elevator takes you on an exciting journey that involves all the senses. In just 45 minutes, this unique attraction whisks you through 3,000 years of Roman history. Using stereoscopic, mechanical, and digital technologies, this immersive experience takes you to many key events in Rome's history including: the world of twin brothers Romulus and Remus; the plot to kill Julius Caesar; Michelangelo's struggle to create the fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Using three large wide screens, language-calibrated individual headsets, mobile platforms with motion simulation, and incredible effects, you'll dash through 2750 years of history in less than an hour. Afterwards, Rome will never be the same. Whether as a first activity to introduce Rome's history to your family, as an end-of-trip wrap-up, or just because you feel like it, the Time Elevator is a fun and family-friendly way to experience some of Rome's historical highlights. Also important to note: the time travel technology they use is totally safe, so there’s no chance of a Marty McFly-type crisis. And if your appetite for time travel isn't sated after "History of Rome", your ticket is also good for "An Ode to Life". In this film you travel all the way back to the Big Bang (13.7 billion long years ago), and go through the evolution of life on Earth. You'll narrowly escape being a T-Rex's lunch, and spend time with primitive cavemen. As dangerous as it sounds, the Time Elevator has never left anyone in the past. The Time Elevator leaves once an hour; don't get left behind.
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