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The best things to do in Rome—those famous artistic, archaeological and architectural treasures you see in every guidebook—are a year-round draw, but how you enjoy them will be dictated by your choice of season. During the colder months you may have to contend with some bitter weather, but crowds will be decidedly thinner (and some of the city’s best hotels will be at a discount). Some may find hordes in the summer heat unbearable, but the fine weather brings a plethora of splendid outdoor events, not to mention the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the city’s finest restaurants and bars. No matter what season you choose, there are plenty of things to do to make the most of your visit.
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