Things to do in Rome

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1. Colosseum

Completed in the year 80 during the reign of Titus, the Colosseum was the biggest amphitheater ever built by the Roman Empire. It once regularly hosted 50,000 spectators cheering and jeering at combating gladiators, executions and battle reenactments. While the baying crowds are no longer there, the structure itself has defied earthquakes, stone thieves and car pollution to remain standing today at the heart of Rome.
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A true architectural heavyweight, the 2,000-year-old Colosseum is often considered one of the seven “modern” wonders of the world.

2. Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and the enduring masterwork of Nicola Salvi and Giuseppe Pannini. It's named for its position at the junction of three roads (“tre vie”).
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Rome is a city abundant in world-class water features, but none more stunning, or more famous, than the Trevi Fountain.

3. Pantheon

In a capital blessed with a wealth of world-famous architecture, this 2,000-year-old temple stands as one of the greatest monuments to the power and ambition of the Roman Empire.
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One of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements combines momentous history and inspired architecture.

4. Spanish Steps

There are many famous stairways around the world, from the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, Ukraine, to the Escadaria Selaron in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. But few can rival the romance of Rome’s Spanish Steps.
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A monumental stairway with a monumental past, the Spanish Steps are literally and figuratively at the heart of Rome.

5. Piazza Navona

Considered one of Rome’s most accomplished displays of baroque architecture, this fine square gained its facades in the mid-17th century under Pope Innocent X, who employed artists like Bernini, Borromini and Rainaldi to transform this square into a showcase of Rome’s great artistry.
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The old papal buildings have altered little over the centuries, but still act as an open-air hub for cafés and street entertainers.

6. Piazza di Spagna

Embrace the hustle and bustle as people from all over the world converge beside the charming Sinking Boat Fountain in the Piazza di Spagna. Almost every visitor who steps foot in Rome finds themselves at this busy piazza at some point. Admire the lovely fountain, climb up the iconic Spanish Steps and see frescoes inside the rustic French Chiesa della Trinita dei Monti.
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A prime people-watching spot, this famous square is a superb place to enjoy the sun and see some fantastic artwork and architecture.

7. Villa Borghese

Rome’s premier green space, Villa Borghese is not only home to glistening lakes and peaceful gardens, but also contains several interesting cultural institutions. Amble along the pathways and lawns, view a collection of stunning Renaissance masterpieces at the Galleria Borghese and check out rare pre-Roman artifacts at the Museo Nazionale Etrusco.
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Take a break from the busy city center and explore this vast network of pretty gardens and enthralling museums.

8. St. Peter's Basilica

The lofty dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is the great towering symbol of the minuscule Vatican state and a towering artistic statement of the Late Renaissance and Baroque periods.
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Experience this high-domed church at the heart of Catholicism and its magnificent gallery at the heart of the art world.

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