Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Rome

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Editor's picks

Rome's hippest early evening spot

Freni e Frizioni
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

Antico Arco

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.

Fashion-forward electrobeats


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.

Major attractions



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.

Il Colosseo (Colosseum)


This massive arena, which once hosted gory battles between gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals of all descriptions, is not to be missed.

St Peter’s (Basilica di San Pietro)


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).

What's on in Rome

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Cultural Heritage Week, a marathon, the Italian Open tennis tournament: there's more to Rome's festivals and events calendar than religious festas.