It's been centuries since this gorgeous tumble of ancient and Renaissance buildings ruled the world, but Rome still captivates in a way few cities elsewhere can. Today, we come here as much for the cacio pepe in Testaccio and to wander the lanes of Monti, as we do the Pantheon which is as impressive on your first visit as it is your 30th. Doesn't hurt, either, that the cocktail bars now give Paris's a run for their Euro.
- Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, RomeRead full reviewThe Baths of Caracalla were a massive public bathing complex built in the 3rd century and now used as a performance space for Rome's Opera company.
- Piazza Largo Terzo Millennio, 8, Via Francesco Tovaglieri, 194, RomeRead full reviewModern architecture lovers will find this church immensely interesting, as will people who have visited Rome many times and are eager to get outside the center to see less touristy neighborhoods.
- Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, RomeRead full reviewThanks to its collection of ancient sculpture and proximity to Rome's main archeological attractions, the Capitoline Museums are a logical place to stop after visiting the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
- Via del Corso 305, RomeRead full reviewThis museum houses Rome's largest private collection, a trove assembled by the Doria, Pamphilj, Landi, and Aldobrandini families and brought together through marriage.
- Piazza della Scala, 23, Rome 00153Read full reviewThe oldest pharmacy in Europe offers a great tour that's off the usual tourist track.
- San Lorenzo, RomeRead full reviewFor a cheap-ish night out in a gritty but very cool neighborhood.
- Vicolo del Puttarello, 25, RomeRead full reviewGo beneath the Trevi district to see how the richest Romans lived.
- Via Guido Reni, 4A , Rome 196Read full reviewA contemporary art museum where the building itself, designed by Zaha Hadid, is just as much on display as parts of the rotating collection.
- Ariccia 00040Read full reviewFor centuries, Ariccia has been a refuge for artists who came to these hills for inspiration.
- Frascati 00044Read full reviewA trip to this tiny town is a great (and easy) activity to escape the summer heat of Rome.
- Piazza della Libertà, 12, Castel Gandolfo 00073Read full reviewA great spot for reflection and to appreciate the genius that is Bernini.
- Sperlonga 04029Read full reviewThis is one of the nicest beaches on the Italian west coast.
- Via Tuscolana, 1055, Rome 00173Read full reviewGo behind the scenes at the studio Fellini graced.