The capital city of Italy is known around the world as a place of good food, amazing monuments, and all-around culture. See? Already, there are more than enough reasons to head on down to the ancient city right now.
We recommend seeing the Coliseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps, but Rome holds so many more surprises that most people don’t get to see. It’s these little side streets, museums, and shops that make the city more than just a tourist destination: they make Rome your own little heaven on earth.
Her are some sights from the hidden side of Rome:
Just up the road from the Coliseum lies the Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, a slightly hard-to-find museum, but one that is well worth the hour and a half visit. This multi-media tour uses projections to illuminate an archeological dig site and bring it back to life before your unsuspecting eyes. It helps bring historical day to day activities within grasp of our imaginations and makes you appreciate the work put into building it in the place, and re-discovering it.
The streets around the Trevi Fountain are small and cobble-stoned and make for a wonderful “Get-lost-in-thought-and –gelato” afternoon. So do exactly that: take time to stop in the shops and admire the streetscapes which will make you feel as though you belong in the previous century.
Via Appia Antica may be the first paved road in history, but it has clearly been out-done by the millions of roads paved afterwards. This ancient path runs through a park in Rome that you can stroll or cycle freely, and admire the passing ruins and greenery in a city that is otherwise bustling shoulder to shoulder.
Rome has some famous places, but the truth of the matter is that you will find your own favourites when you get here. You’ll find the best gelato you’ve ever had and the most amazing tiramisu. It’ll be the most delicious to you because you found it, and indeed, you conquered it. So don’t just read about it, do as the Romans do.