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From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions”
  • 540 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Amphitheatrum Flavium is the most famous and impressive monument of ancient Rome, as well as the largest amphitheater in the world. ”
  • 544 locals recommend
Park
“The National Park can be visited all year long, you can walk educative pathways, take part in ethnographic presentations, or take pleasure in swimming during summer months. Distance from Pakoštane is 57 km.”
  • 343 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Vatican Museums begin just beyond a massive bronze door that, like magic, takes you out of Italy and into the smallest country in the world: the Vatican. There are priceless works of art here, collected by the popes or often expressly commissioned by them. More than 70,000 pieces are on exhibition in over 42,000 square meters, with another 50,000 pieces preserved in the vaults and storerooms. Forget about seeing everything in a single visit: it simply can't be done. To the millions of visitors that come here from every part of the globe to admire these marvels, the whole complex seems to be one gigantic museum but the Vatican Museums, with their full name "Papal Museums and Galleries", are the Museum of Museums, the result of the union of various collections, collections that often take the name of the pope that began them. The most sought-after stop on the Vatican Museum trail is without doubt the Sistine Chapel however every room is rich in history and precious examples of life from every era. The birth of the Museum was almost by chance: it all began in 1506, when an ancient sculpture was found in a vineyard on the Esquiline Hill near Nero's Domus Aurea. It was only later that it was recognized as one of the most famous statues ever: the Laocoonte, described even by the Latin author Pliny. The subject of the work is taken from an episode of Virgil's Aeneid in which the seer and priest Laocoonte, for having predicted Ulysses' use of the Trojan Horse, was punished by the gods who sent two enormous snakes to strangle him and his two children in their deadly coils. Like all the pontiffs, Pope Julius II had always shown great interest in artwork, and he immediately summoned Michelangelo and Giuliano da Sangallo to authenticate the sculpture. The pope then decided to acquire it, making sure no one else could do so before he did. So the dramatic Laocoonte was put on exhibit in the Vatican, enriching Pope Julius II's collection that was the seed of what would ultimately become the Vatican Museums. The Laocoonte was placed in Bramante's Belvedere Courtyard where Julius II grouped all his ancient statuary, transforming it into the "Courtyard of the Statues". Visitors came from all over the world just to admire the sculptures and artists stopped there to copy the masterworks. The Museums as they appear today, were created in the second half of the 18th century and are made up of two parts: the actual Museum and the popes palaces, naturally only the portions open to the public. The visit is an incredible stroll through the history of art where you can meet the greatest artists ever, through their most important works. You can organize your visit according to the time you have at your disposal; the shortest takes at least two hours, the longest, around six. You'll discover masterpieces in a sort of crescendo as you pass from one room to another; in fact, the rooms themselves are works of art, frescoed by artists like Fra Angelico, Pinturicchio or Raphael. The Vatican Museums: The courtyard of the Pinecone Chiaramonti Gallery Braccio Nuovo Pio-Clementino Museum Octagonal Courtyard Apoxyomenos Apollo del Belvedere Laocoonte Galleries of the statues Belvedere Torso The round hall Sala a Croce Greca Gregorian Egyptian Museum Gregorian Etruscan Museum Gallery of the Candelabra Gallery of Tapestries Gallery of Maps Sala Sobieski Raphael’s rooms Hall of Constantine Room of Heliodorus Room of the Segnatura Room of the fire in the Borgo Sala dei Chiaroscuri Cappella Niccolina Appartamento Borgia The Sistine Chapel The ceiling Last Judgment Musei della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Pinacoteca Vaticana Museo Gregoriano Profano Museo Pio Cristiano ”
  • 453 locals recommend
Landmark
“My advice is to go to Piazza Navona at night to see street artists painting, dancing, singing. Or go at dawn when the square is deserted and listen only to the sound of water from the fountains and your steps.”
  • 335 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Only 8 min walk from Domus Viola! Dedicated to all the gods, the Pantheon was one of the greatest temples of ancient Rome.”
  • 287 locals recommend
Landmark
“ Trevi Fountain is one of the most popular fountains in the world, in fact it is often overcrowded, so we recommend visiting it in the late evening if possible, since it is illuminated by a truly enjoyable play of lights”
  • 314 locals recommend
Art Museum
“greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art, Florence's premier gallery occupies the vast U-shaped Palazzo degli Uffizi (1560–80), built as government offices. The collection, bequeathed to the city by the Medici family in 1743 on condition that it never leave Florence, contains some of Italy's best-known paintings, including a room full of Botticelli masterpieces.”
  • 379 locals recommend
Castle
“just 5 minutes walking from our structure you can admire Castel Sant Angelo that its one of the most important Rome's attraction. you can take a ticket for admire the interior or you can just admire from the outside, on the bridge in front of the castle, propely on the tiber.”
  • 344 locals recommend
National Park
“The most beautiful Parc along the coast is not far from the property, it is possible to go there by car or by train.”
  • 300 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Narrow streets, ancient small churches, a lot of authentic and vintage shops, interesting small bars and restaurants... Definetely worth visit!”
  • 420 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Historic garden near Palazzo Pitti. You can also access the garden from Porta Romana and take a long walk in the countryside while being in the city. ”
  • 360 locals recommend
Plaza
“Walking distance from home 30 min. Bus 13 brings you there in some 5 minutes. Bus stop is at the beginning of Via dell'Agnolo ”
  • 385 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The most famous and significant monument, the building from which each tour of the city begins and ends - the Arena of Pula - a building where gladiators fought. It was built in the 1st century, during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the largest and most famous building of its kind - the Colosseum in Rome.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Park
“Villa Doria Pamphili is a succession of surprising views and historic buildings immersed in the lush vegetation of one of the largest green areas in the city. It has a perimeter of 6.5 km and extends over 184 hectares and, in addition to being a park, it is also a splendid monumental villa, so green that it was also known as the 'Bel Respiro' (Beautiful Breath). One of the accesses to Villa Doria Pamphili is Piazza di San Pancrazio (St Pancras's Square). This place was already talked of in the mediaeval period - the pilgrim itineraries (the old 'guides') indicated the Santuario di San Pancrazio (St Pancras's Sanctuary) to those arriving from the north. This is a beautiful church that, finding itself on a pilgrimage route, could offer a welcome to the wayfarers in its monastery; it also had a Catacomb in its crypt full of valuable frescoes. Today, the underground cemetery contains graffiti, traces of old paintings and lots of loculi making its dark corners even more mysterious. When the estate along the Via Aurelia was bought by Panfilo Pamphili in 1630, there was only the Villa Vecchia, the oldest building, inside it. However, between 1644 and 1652, under the papacy of Innocent X Pamphili, the architects Algardi and Grimaldi built the complex of the Villa Nuova, which became the residence of Camillo Pamphili, the Pope's nephew. At the beginning, the villa was divided into three parts - the building and gardens (pars urbana), the pinewood (pars fructuaria) and the farm (pars rustica), but the Pamphili family had the so-called 'Casino di Allegrezze' designed and built. This was to host parties and large receptions while the park and the 'Giardini di delizie' (Gardens of Delight) were arranged around the Palazzo where the games and pastimes of the Roman nobility were held for many years. The scene must have been enchanting because of the incredible number of rare plants and flowers kept with such care and in such quantity that they could be used to extract perfumes, not counting the oranges, lemons, cedars and ilexes in which coloured birds of various species and from distant places nested. The plants were in decorated terracotta vases or put directly into the ground. 
The scene was completed by lots of fountains, almost all designed by Algardi, fed by a Roman aqueduct that Pope Paul V had refurbished at the end of the 14th century and which took the name of Acquedotto Paolo. Deer and fallow deer, pheasants and many other species of animals kept specially to entertain guests who went hunting, the favourite sport of the nobility, ran free among the poplars and pines in the depths of the woods and glades. Today, after entering by Porta S. Pancrazio, the Arco dei Quattro Venti (the Four Winds Arch) is directly ahead. A little further on there is Palazzina Corsini dating to the 18th century and part of the Villa Corsini from the same century. From here, there is a breathtaking view of the Valle dei Daini (Fallow Deer Valley) where these animals roam freely and which was cleared in 2000 after years of negligence. The Fontana del Giglio lies beyond the pinewood, and features plays of water that flow into the Laghetto del Belvedere (the Belvedere Lake), a natural basin which underwent alterations and extensions over the years without changing the water supply. Only a recent restoration has improved the inflow and outflow of the water while the historic paths created for the beauty spots ('belvedere') have been rearranged. The Cappella Doria Pamphili (Doria Pamphili Chapel), a little way away, was the last of the buildings constructed in the villa between 1896 and 1902. The Villa Vecchia or Casino di Famiglia, the original building, is on the side of the Via Aurelia Antica which, at this point, runs alongside the ruins of the Acquedotto Traiano-Paolo (Traiano-Paolo Aqueduct), whose material was 'reused' to build the villa. The gardens of the Villa Vecchia were famous for the great number of citrus trees. At the end of the 19th century, they appeared to be paths with sweeping curves that enclosed various types of trees, flowerbeds in designs and many palms which gave an exotic appearance. The west part of the Villa recalls the Roman countryside and is an excellent place to laze, walk or do open-air sports. As a result of its position, Villa Doria Pamphili also has interesting archaeological remains; these include a Roman necropolis where two tombs from the Augustan age were found, decorated with splendid frescoes and which can be admired in the Museo Nazionale Romano. The mediaeval Casale di Giovio, built on a little Roman funerary temple, is on a small hill, once more in the western part. Villa Doria Pamphili was extended and altered in the middle of the 19th century but the villa was inexorably divided in two by the opening of a dual-carriage way, bearing the name of Leo XIII, in 1960. In 1967, the complex was acquired by the state and Rome City Council and was at long last opened to the public. Today, it is the ideal place to laze, have a picnic, do open-air sport or simply walk in a lush, green oasis in the chaotic heart of Rome. Casino del Bel Respiro The Casino del Bel Respiro is one of the most beautiful buildings of Villa Pamphili, also known as Palazzina dell'Algardi in memory of the architect whose intention was to express the magnificence of the noble family. It was commissioned by Giovanni Battista Pamphili, who became Pope with the name of Innocence X. It was the home of valuable art collections, and recreational events, parties and meetings were held there. The palace was inspired by the villas of Palladio while the furnishing and gardens recalled ancient noble residences, in particular Villa Adriana at Tivoli, where Algardi used to go to study and draw. The building has a façade on two levels on the main side and, to overcome the difference in the level of the ground, three levels on the side where the Giardino Segreto (Secret Garden) was created. 
This secluded and picturesque oasis was embellished by hedges shaped to form designs like the fleur-de-lys, the family crest, and many statues which also decorated the access drive to the Casino. Two fishponds were planned along the short sides of the garden but only one was actually created. A fountain in the centre completed the scene. The Giardino Segreto leads to the Giardino del Teatro (Theatre Garden), a semi-circular construction which hosted certain theatrical events.”
  • 307 locals recommend
Church
“It's the largest of the four papal basilicas of Rome, known throughout the world.”
  • 259 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gourmet Shop
“If you want to know EVERYTHING about italian cuisine and italian products - come here and try not to become crazy about the quantity of specialities from all the reagions of Italy! Thousands of wine types, hundreds types of oil, pasta, dough, vegetables, herbs, meet, fish and seafood! Fresh, boiled, grilled, freezed - all kinds of Italian food in all possible variations - you can buy here in the 4 storey building!!! It's enormous supermarket with a lot of restaurants! Please come here being VERY hungry!))))”
  • 220 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Via Meucci, 50031 Barberino di Mugello FI For all it is simply the Outlet Village of Barberino, located in the magnificent setting of Mugello (Tuscany) a few kilometers from Florence. Barberino Designer Outlet is an enchanting shopping citadel where you can shop in complete relaxation, immersed in the Tuscan landscape of the Sieve Valley. The Barberino Designer Outlet is one of the most popular Outlet Village near Florence and is the only Outlet Village in Tuscany of the British McArthurGlen group.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“One of my favorite restaurants in Zadar city centre with delicious local food.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“-Best tiramisu of Rome , you can find the traditional with coffee or other tastes with pistachio, banana and nutella, nuts and strawberry and cream; - Sunday brunch; - Apertif in the evening from 7.00 p.m”
  • 175 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“The temple of pizza Margherita and Marinara. You can eat only this two kinds of pizza!!”
  • 141 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“ Whether you want to dance all night or just for a few minutes, this is a good place. Free entrance and reasonable prices.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“We are the ideal restaurant for organizing group lunches, banquets, birthday parties or small groups, our traditional cuisine makes all our diners fall in love, full of Mediterranean tastes and flavors always presented in their maximum freshness. And also, you can attend the waiters' show with lots of music and dancing. A few minutes walk from Casa Carmela.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“In the heart of the historic center near Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce, one of the cult destinations of Florentine street food where you can taste our typical "schiacciata" at moderate prices, this was the trade with the most positive reviews in the world. A stop not to be missed!”
  • 158 locals recommend

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