Colosseum in Rome, Italy (PhotoDisc)

Dining in Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Italy (Gavin Hellier/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty)

Colleseum in Rome, Italy (PhotoDisc)

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy (Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock)


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What to do in Rome

Sure, you’re a seasoned traveler who coyly dodges the trampled trail, but Rome is one city where you’d be a fool to have such a mind-set. Pick up the dog-eared guidebook and start in Vatican City, the world’s smallest state with the farthest-reaching hand. Established as home to the pope in 1929, it is the spiritual head of the Catholic religion. Outside of that, Rome is a city of epic proportions, where the remnants of one of the world’s greatest empires melds with the new—a congestion of taxicabs alongside the Colosseum, late-night revelers stumbling home through the Piazza Navona, and pierced teens hanging out on the Spanish Steps. But don’t let the one-and-done idea get the best of you. Locals encompass the spirit of the city—lively debates around a bowl of pasta are about as frequent as wishes made in Tivoli Fountain.

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