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Rome, as they say, was not built in a day. Nor can travelers really experience the Eternal City in a day—or even a year. Rome’s numerous and diverse neighborhoods require some time to fully explore. You could start by strolling through its ancient wonders, including the Forum, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon, then perusing the food vendors at the new Testaccio Market and sampling the traditional restaurants—and watering holes—of the Centro Storico. But you’d not want to miss the old Jewish ghetto, the Monti neighborhood, with its boutiques and wine bars, and the broad avenues leading to the Spanish Steps. And, of course, stopping for a shot of espresso and a few scoops of gelato is virtually a necessity.

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Katie ParlaRome Local Expert

Katie Parla is a food and beverage educator, sommelier, and journalist. She has written and edited more than 20 books and her food criticism and travel writing have appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur, Travel + Leisure and Wine Enthusiast. She is the author of the mobile apps "Katie Parla's Rome," "Katie Parla's Istanbul," and the blog "Parla Food." Katie leads private academic tours in Italy and Turkey.