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The Rose Garden Palace is located in just off the fashionable Via Veneto Boulevard in Rome, Italy. It is housed in a beautifully restored historical building in the heart of one of the Eternal City’s most attractive areas. Within easy walking distance of the hotel are some of the best things to do in Rome, including world-class shopping, fine Italian dining and spectacular sightseeing . The stately pines of Villa Borghese, the Spanish Steps, the elegant shops on Via Condotti, the stylish bars on Via Veneto, the Trevi Fountain and Tritone Fountain, baroque churches and the masterpieces of the Borghese Gallery are all within a kilometer of the hotel. The Rose Garden Palace is 33 kilometers east of Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and 22 kilometers north of Ciampino – G.B Pastine International Airport.  The Termini Railway Station is just one kilometer from the hotel.

Top 10 Things to Do in Rome, Italy

Pantheon

In a city that is simply replete with important historic buildings and monuments, the Pantheon still manages to stand out among most Rome attractions. Rome's temple to the gods is remarkably intact, a great feat considering that it was originally constructed in 27 B.C. and was later rebuilt in the early 2nd century A.D. after fire damage. The Pantheon's architecture has inspired copycats around the globe with its tall columns reaching toward the sky, expansive interior and impressive dome with the sun shining through the oculus, a 27-foot hole in the center of the rotunda.

Roman Forum

The Forum was the epicenter of the massive Roman Empire, playing host to festivals, celebrations, funerals and rituals. The city grew around this grassy area that was empty marshland until the 7th century B.C. The area lost its luster and fell to waste around the 8th century and remained that way until excavations in the early 20th century. Today, you can pick up a map for a self-guided tour of the structures and arches or join a tour group for a more detailed history of the area.

Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum is a testament to the architectural skills of the ancient Roman people and offers insight into the culture that celebrated the gladiator games at this huge entertainment arena. Beginning in A.D. 82, battles between men and beasts drew crowds of 50,000 people. The Arch of Constantine, which was built in 315 to commemorate the victory of Constantine over Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius, is just outside the Colosseum.  To avoid lengthy lines, order tickets online ahead of time, which also include admission to the nearby Forum and Palatine Hill.

Palatine Hill

Rome has its origins on Palatine Hill which houses some of the city’s most impressive ancient sites. Recent excavations show that people have lived there since approximately 1000 BC. According to Roman Mythology, Palatine Hill was the location of the cave where Romulus and Remus were found by a she-wolf who kept them alive until a shepherd and his wife found the infants and raised them. According to the legend, when they were older, the boys killed their great uncle, who seized the throne from their grandfather, and they both decided to build a new city of their own on the banks of the River Tiber. Suddenly, they had a violent argument with each other and, in the end, Romulus killed his twin brother, Remus. This is how Rome got its name - from Romulus.

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps may be the longest and widest staircase in all of Europe, but that's not what draws visitors to this popular tourist spot. A Barcaccia fountain bubbles at the foot of the steps while the Trinità dei Monti church rises above the crowds at the top of the steps. But the best spot is somewhere in between the two.  Take a seat in the middle of the wide staircase and watch the city go by as beautiful people hurry into the nearby upscale shops, designer boutiques and restaurants.

Trevi Fountain

Travelers' lore lists various reasons for throwing 3 coins in the fountain at the marvelous Trevi, with benefits ranging from finding love to returning to the city. Once you've mastered your art of coin-throwing and wished for the appropriate outcome, take some time to explore this Baroque masterpiece showing the god Neptune riding in a shell-shaped chariot led by seahorses. And you can feel good about your charitable donation as the money (nearly $3,500 each day) collected from the fountain is used to support food programs for the city's poor.

Villa Borghese Gardens and Borghese Gallery

Villa Borghese is a large landscape garden containing a number of buildings, museums and Rome attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome. The Borghese Gallery boasts a prime location in the sprawling gardens at Villa Borghese. The museum features Bernini sculptures, including Apollo and Daphne and his take on young David preparing to take on Goliath. The impressive collection also includes works by master artists Correggio, Raphael, Rubens and Caravaggio. Acquiring tickets can be a challenge - the museum admits only 360 visitors every 2 hours so be sure to make reservations far in advance.

Vatican City, Saint Peter’s Basilica & the Sistine Chapel

Even though it's located in Rome, Vatican City has been an independent state since 1929 with its own flag, coins and stamps. It even has its own militia, the Swiss Guard, which protects this state, the Pope and the 800 full-time citizens and visiting residents. The first impressive site is St. Peter's Square designed by Bernini in the late 17th century. You must be dressed appropriately (no shorts for men or women or skirts above the knee and no bare shoulders) to enter St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietá. Also contained in the Vatican's walls, the Vatican Museums hold Italian masterpieces, including Michelangelo's painted ceiling at the Sistine Chapel.

Piazza Navona and Piazza Venezia

Rome is known for beautiful and charming squares lined with restaurants and open-air cafes. The loveliest of them all is the large public square at Piazza Navona, once the site of sporting events at Domitian's stadium in A.D. 89. The square contains 3 fountains, and the largest and most memorable is Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers with each of the 4 statues representing a river from different continents. Piazza Venezia, another one of Rome’s famous squares, is the central hub of the city where many thoroughfares intersect, including Via dei Fori Imperiali and Via del Corso.  It is named after the Venetian Cardinal, Pietro Barbo, who later became Pope Paul II.

Castel Sant'Angelo

This fortress on the Tiber River was originally designed by the Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum for his own family. And it was certainly a resting place fit for royalty, rising above the city with glorious views. Over the centuries, it moved beyond its original purpose and served as a military fortress in 401 and later as a papal residence and even a prison. It is now a museum where you may tour the apartments and see the statue of the archangel Michael rising above the terrace.