Reid's List: Rome ★★★

A view from the Gianicolo, Reid's List: Rome, Rome, Italy (Photo by Elena Gabrielli)
A view from the Gianicolo, The Gianicolo, Rome

My favorite things to see and do—and places to sleep and eat—in Rome

Reid's List is a designation I reserve for sights, experiences, lodgings, and places to eat that I find truly interesting and worth your time, but that may not be very famous.

It's a way for me to take some second– or third-string spots—amazing little museums, fabulous tours—and give them top billing after the "can't miss" A-list.

Sorry. Nothing fits that criteria.

Activities, walks, & excursions links
 

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Sights in Rome

★★☆
The Imperial Room, with Bernini's Rape of Persephone (Photo by Damian Entwistle)
Galleria Borghese
Rome: Via Veneto & Villa Borghese

Rome's Borghese Gallery is packed with amazing works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael, and ranks as one of my top three small museums in the world

 
★★☆
The Cerasi Chapel, with paintings by Annibale Carracci (center) and Caravaggio (left and right) (Photo by Frederick Fenyvessy)
Free

Rome's church of Santa Maria del Popolo is like a primer on the development of art and architecture from the early Renaissance through the baroque

 
★★☆
 (Photo by gula08)
Free
Trastevere
Rome: Trastevere

The popular Trastevere district (Rome's 'left bank') is a postcard neighborhood of narrow, cobblestone streets, fantastic restaurants, and overflowing bars and clubs

 
★☆☆
The Sala delle Prospettive frescoed by Peruzzi (Photo by Combusken)
Villa Farnesina
Rome: Trastevere

The Villa Farnesina is a gorgeously frescoed private Renaissance villa belonging to a famous 16th-century banker

 
★★☆
The Forum and The Capitolum (temple of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva), at the intersection of the Cardo Maximus (main north-south street of any Roman town) and the Decumanus Maximus (main east-west street) (Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra)
Ostia Antica
Rome: Outside the walls

Like Pompeii, Ostia Antica is an ancient Roman ghost town—but this one lies just a subway ride from downtown Rome and comes with virtually no crowds

 
★☆☆
The loggia (Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta)
Palazzo Altemps
Rome: Tiber Bend

The Palazzo Altemps branch of Rome's Museo Nazionale Romano has sculptures and other ancient art installed in the frescoed rooms of a 16th-century palace

 
★☆☆
The Sala Caldai (Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra)
Centrale Montemartini
Rome: Outside the walls

Ancient sculptures arranged throughout an industrial-era power plant: the Centrale Montemartini is hands-down one of the coolest museums in Rome

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Unknown)
Capuchin Crypt
Rome: Via Veneto & Villa Borghese

The Cimitero Monumentale dei Frati Cappuccini—better known simply as the Capuchin Crypt—is one of the eeriest sites in Rome: a series of chapels mosaicked with the bones of long-dead monks

 
★☆☆
Apse (Photo by kraen)
Free

The oldest church in Rome preserves some its most glorious medieval mosaics

 
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A detail from Pietro Cavallini's amazing late 13C frescoes, hidden in the nun's cloistered loft (Photo Public Domain)
Free

This Trastevere church looks like nothing much... until you pay the nuns to sneak downstairs to see remnants of ancient Rome, or upstairs to see precious frescoes by medieval master Pietro Cavallini

 
★☆☆
A view from the Gianicolo (Photo by Elena Gabrielli)
Free
Gianicolo
Rome: Vatican

The Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo) is one my favorite spots in all of Rome, Italy

 
★☆☆
A nighttime panorama over the Forum from the back of the Capitoline Hill (Photo by Laruse Junior)
Free
Campidoglio Forum view
Rome: Tiber Bend

A secret panorama over the Roman Forum from the back of the Capitoline Hill

 

Experiences in Rome

★★☆
The evening passeggiata on Via del Corso (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Free

The evening passeggiata stroll on Via del Corso is Rome's quintessential see-and-be-seen event

 
★☆☆
Learn about Rome's history with a professional guide (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Tours offering insight to the history and culture of Rome

 
★☆☆
Gladiators duke it out (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Gladiator lessons
Rome: Outside the walls

Learn what it took to do battle in the Colosseum with a half-day Roman gladiator school

 
★☆☆
Touring the hills of Rome by motorino (Photo by Unknown)

Scooters can be dicey in the traffic-clogged center, but make for a great way to explore Rome's outskirts and its famous hills

 
★★☆
See the roadside antiquities at a moderate pace (Photo by Daniel N. Lang)
Bike the Appian Way
Rome: Outside the walls

On Sundays, the Via Appia Antica is closed to traffic—except for bicyclists

 

Lodgings in Italy

 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Hostels, B&B's, apartments, farm stays, castles, university dorms, campgrounds...there are so many of these budget options I needed to create a whole separate section on this website just to fit them all in

 
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All about how I select hotels and other lodgings for this site

 

Dining in Italy

How I select restaurants for this site