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A group of us are taking a Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona.  The tours with the cruise ship are hours long so we are thinking of going out on our own.  What are the must sees/dos while in Rome?

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Katia from San Diego

I remember Rome! It was beautiful. A lot to see. But the things you must visit are: the Colosseum, the Pantheon (you have to go inside it's amazing), the Trevi Fountain (don't forget to flip a coin in backwards), the Roman Forum is pretty cool to walk around, and Ponte Sant'Angelo. Don't worry all these places are in close proximity of each other. But when you go to Rome you must get gelato!

Good Luck!

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answered by
Colin from Toronto

There are a LOT of answers to this question, and plenty of typical "musts" like the Colosseo or Vatican Museums.

But if you want something a little more authentic, less choked with tourists, and a foodie's paradise in Rome, check out the Testaccio neighborhood. The eponymous Monte Testaccio anchors the area, and holds the on of the secrets to its long history of food and wine culture. I won't give it all away, but the area is a goldmine for local flavour and history, largely untouched by the masses that choke the centro storico.

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answered by
Thom from Philadelphia


Rome is a great city to walk.  My faves:

1. Capitoline Hill

2. Pantheon

3. Piazza Navona

4. Villa Borghese

5. Vatican City and Vatican Museums

6. Colosseum

Visit any cathedral/building that lets you in for free.  There are so many treasures in Rome that they can't charge you to see all of them.

Eat bread from any shop that sells it!  Eat fresh vegetables/fruit from any of the market stands.



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  2. Pantheon (attraction)
  3. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  4. Villa Borghese (attraction)
  5. Vatican City (attraction)
  6. Vatican Museums (attraction)
  7. Colosseum (attraction)
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Rick Steves had some great free down loadable walking tours that may cut time off the tour groups,  we really enjoyed a horse drawn carriage ride through old Rome.  Our driver took us by a lot of the monuments and gave us a quick rundown of its history.  It cost €120. It wasn't as detailed as a tour of the monuments if you were to go in each one,  but it was fabulous for a taste of Rome! 

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answered by
Andrew from Downtown Los Angeles


The reason the tours are hours long is because it takes 1.5 hours to get to Rome from the cruise port of  CivitavecchiaSo that's 3 hours to get to Rome and back. If you take the tour or not, you'll spend that much time.  If you think you know what you want to do, then do a Rome on Your Own tour. that's a ship led tour but only to get to Rome and back.  It's great for groups because you don't have to be led by the tour guide.

If you're looking for things close to the port. Don't believe the haters. There's great stuff to do nearby.  The town of Tarquinia is one of my faves. If you're there on a Wednesday, there's a small market in the middle of town in the morning.  

It's only a 20 minute bus ride, or a short train ride and a short bus ride (the train drops off in the sea side town of Tarquinia Lido  which is actually a few miles from Tarquinia. I don't recommend The beach there because it's black sand, super super hot.

There's another walled city of  Montalto di Castro just another stop north.

If you're adventurous, you can take the train, and a bus to get to  Orbetello (almost same time to get here as Rome) but it's an Italian resort town mainly for Italians and French. There will be very very few American tourists here but you'll get a great beach and a lovely town.   The train there and back will be very nice, a lot less cramped than the  Rome trains.

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  8. Montalto di Castro (city)
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