Revel in endless artworks and antiquities or just enjoy a gelato
The hub of ancient empire is also one of Europe's greatest living cities
Luxury hotels, a burgeoning boutique scene and refurbished pensioni
Explore the Eternal City in all its gilt and glory
Rome's hippest early evening spot
Bars & pubs
Frequented by arty types and a creative, studenty crowd. A grand buffet is laid out on a snowy white tablecloth decorated with candles and armfuls of long-stemmed roses.
Local flavours at their best
This hugely popular Gianicolo restaurant – helmed by chef Patrizia Mattei – was one of the first of the new wave of creative Roman diners to open in the 1990s.
In trendy Ostiense, Goa marries iron and steel with curvy, 1960s-style whites. The quality of its Italian and international DJs is generally above the competition.
The best-preserved ancient building in Rome, the Pantheon was built by Hadrian in AD 119-128 as a temple to the 12 most important classical deities. It's still breathtaking.
This massive arena, which once hosted gory battles between gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals of all descriptions, is not to be missed.
The Vatican's unmissable trio: the basilica (home of Michelangelo's first major work), the mighty dome and the Necropolis (where St Peter is said to be buried).
Cosmophonies - Festival Internazionale di Ostia Antica -
Cultural Heritage Week, a marathon, the Italian Open tennis tournament: there's more to Rome's festivals and events calendar than religious festas.