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With its vast archeological treasures, world-renowned art collections and cultural heritage around every corner, it’s no surprise that the best things to do in Rome are some of the very best all across the world. But the Italian capital is also a modern-day treasure that’s continually evolving, offering travellers and locals the opportunity to experience the past while soaking in contemporary culture. Ancient sites serve as the backdrop for summer concerts helmed by top-40 artists while virtual reality experiences help us see history in vivid detail.
Add to this the lure of leafy parks with panoramic terraces, beloved restaurants (yes, that includes a hyperactive gelato industry), a bar scene that makes the most of seasonal produce and a moderate climate that is inviting during any season, and it’ll become far too easy to fall in love with Rome.
It would take a lifetime to see everything in this city, so we’ve put together a manageable list of our favourite sites, along with a few off-the-beaten-path experiences that you really shouldn’t miss.
Only in Rome: Visit the Pasta Museum to learn about the food’s history and browse through works of art made entirely of the stuff.