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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Pantheon

    Temple to all the gods
    The Pantheon is one of the oldest concrete structures in the world. Over the years it has become the model on which numerous other domed buildings were based, such as the Capitol in Washington and Les Invalides in Paris. The Pantheon was originally built as a temple to all the gods, the dome – which measures over 40 metres in diameter – symbolising heaven. The ancient building has been a Catholic church since 609 AD.
    Piazza della Rotonda
    00186 Rome
    +39 06 6830 0230
    pantheon.com
  • Fontana di Trevi

    Famous fountain
    Neptune, the God of the Sea, is at the heart of this Baroque construction, the design of which was based on a stage. In the centre is a robustly-modelled triumphal arch that it is superimposed on the façade of the Palazzo Poli. The Trevi Fountain was made famous by the Fellini film «La Dolce Vita», in which Anita Eckberg and Marcello Mastroianni took a midnight dip in it. Today it is considered lucky to toss a coin into its water, throwing it over your left shoulder with your right hand.
    Piazza di Trevi
    00187 Rome
  • Colosseum

    Landmark
    The world’s biggest amphitheatre, better known as the «Colosseum», is to be found right at the heart of Rome. Every day, large numbers of visitors flock to see it and to be enchanted by its monumentality, its fascinating history and its architecture. They enjoy a journey through time back to Antiquity, to the days when it was the location for huge gladiatorial battles.
    Piazza del Colosseo 1
    00184 Rome
    +39 06 3996 7700
    archeoroma.beniculturali.it
  • St. Peter's Basilica

    Central sanctuary
    Situated in the middle of Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica (San Pietro) on St. Peter’s Square is the central sanctuary of the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope holds services here for up to 60,000 believers. There are 530 steps up to the dome of the Basilica, and from there fabulous views of Rome and the Vatican. The statue of St. Peter, whose feet are kissed by pilgrims, is also to be found in the Basilica.
    Piazza San Pietro
    00120 Vatican City
    +39 800 038 436
    vatican.va
  • Spanish Steps

    Fabulous flight of stairs
    Locals call them the «Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti». And there is no doubt that the Spanish Steps absolutely must be visited if visiting Rome. They rise up magnificently before the visitor's eyes, and appeal and delight with their incomparable late Baroque and Rococo details. Early in the 18th century, the architect Francesco des Sanctis won the commission to design the steps in an exciting competition, and duly created one of the most famous flights of stairs in the world. Today, it is especially popular with lovers, who like to enjoy a glass of wine while sitting on them.
    Piazza di Spagna
    00187 Rome
  • St. Peter’s Square

    Part of Vatican City
    St. Peter’s Square, built in the middle of the 17th century, is located right in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. It is surrounded by colonnades that are intended on the one hand to offer protection for believers, and on other to form a border between Italy and the Vatican. At the centre of the square is the Egyptian Obelisk, and the parapet is decorated with around 140 statues of saints. St. Peter’s Square is a destination for hundreds of thousands of believers, and never more so than at Easter, when the Pope gives his traditional «Urbi et Orbi» blessing.
    Piazza San Pietro
    Rome
  • Michele di Loco

    Shoes
    Michele di Loco sells fabulous shoes by brands such as Malloni, Chie Mihara, Officine Creative and Buttero in his small but exclusive boutique. His range includes reasonably priced and valuable shoes, and he also has a selection of exclusive models for gentlemen.
    Via del Leone 7
    00186 Rome
    +39 06 454 791 03
    michelediloco.it
  • Ex Libris Libreria

    Browsing welcome
    This venerable antiquarian bookshop is not far from the Trevi fountain. It was founded at the beginning of the 19th century, and you can purchase books from the 16th century here. As well as an original copy of the «Futurist Manifesto» or a map of Italy printed in Rome in 1694.
    Via dell’Umiltà 77a
    00187 Rome
    +39 06 679 15 40
    exlibrisroma.it
  • Pastificio Ditta Guerra Massimiliano di Sini Massimiliano

    Homemade pasta
    Pasta has been made and sold at this address since 1918. Fellini, Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani and Grace Kelly came here for their fettuccine etc. Stored in a refrigerator, the fresh pasta will keep for about three days. The perfect souvenir from Rome.
    Via della Croce 8
    00187 Rome
    +39 06 679 3102
  • Slowear

    Innovative fashion
    Quality is the prime consideration at Slowear. The label consists of four brands: Incotex ladies’ and men’s fashions (trousers); Zanone (knitwear); Glanshirt (shirts in the «Dolce Vita» look) and Montedoro (jackets) in extremely innovative and durable collections.
    Via Campo Marzio 73
    00186 Rome
    +39 06 925 958 39
    slowear.com
  • MAXXI

    Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture
    Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture was opened in May 2010 after more than ten years of planning and construction. With its excellently curated exhibitions, the MAXXI is also a place of innovation and important for cultural discourse. Absolutely not to be missed: Giuseppe Panone’s impressive sculpture of leather, wood, resin and stone.

    Via Guido Reni 4
    00196 Rome
    +39 06 322 5178
    fondazionemaxxi.it
  • Centrale Montemartini

    Exhibition in a power station
    When the Capitoline Museums were renovated at the end of the 90s, hundreds of antique sculptures were moved out to the old power station. However, the «Machines and Gods» exhibition was so successful that the decision was made to maintain the 1930s power station as a permanent exhibition space. With its old industrial buildings, the Ostiense-Marconi district where the museum is located is definitely worth a visit.

    Via Ostiense 106
    00154 Rome
    +39 06 574 8042
  • Cinema Nuovo Sacher

    Guaranteed no blockbusters
    Filmmaker Nanni Moretti set up an independent production and distribution structure for his films and those made by other Italian directors. He himself is neurotic, moving and political. An Italian one-off. He runs his own cinema in the suburb of Trastevere – which, needless to say, doesn’t screen any blockbusters.

    Largo Ascianghi 1
    00192 Rome
    +39 06 581 8116
    sacherfilm.eu
  • Auditorium Parco della Musica

    Excellent acoustics
    The Auditorium is famous for its first-class acoustics and great line-up of events, and even critical intellectuals consider it to be one of the few institutions in Rome that «work really well». Incidentally, the bookshop of the Parco della Musica offers an excellent selection of CDs and DVDs.

    Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30
    00196 Rome
    +39 06 802 412 81
    auditorium.com

LOCAL TIP

If you want to go somewhere with fewer tourists, I’d recommend the Prati neighbourhood, and specifically the restaurant Settembrini you will find there. With a little luck you’ll even meet celebrities or famous lawyers here.

Natasa
Ristorante Settembrini
Via Settembrini, 27
00195 Rome
+39 06 323 26 17
viasettembrini.it