So you’ve been there, done that, and got the T-shirt? Think again. Rome may be famed for tourist hotspots such as the Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel and the Spanish Steps, but there is much more to this fascinating city than meets the eye. If you are visiting Rome for the second or perhaps third time and want to venture off the beaten track, look no further: simply book yourself a private taxi transfer to one of these hidden gems and be prepared to be bowled over by Rome’s secret side.
1. San Lorenzo
One of the edgiest areas of the city, San Lorenzo is a haven for the young and carefree with its cheap bars and pop-up street parties. Donning a Camden-vibe, this is where the artists and intellectuals of the future come to relax. A hit with local and foreign students alike, San Lorenzo is the perfect antidote to Rome’s tourist-ridden centre.
2. Porta Portese flea market
Rome is awash with flea markets and Porta Portese is among the best the city has to offer. Open every Sunday, the market is full of desirable collectibles, from jewellery and books to bicycles and typewriters!
3. Appia Antica
Starting at the Caracalla Baths, Appia Antica was the first paved road in history, with construction commencing in 312 BC. Stretching 513 km, Appia Antica winds past villas and ancient ruins – certainly worth a visit even if you don’t wish to traverse all 500 km of it!
4. Villa Doria Pamphili
Villa Doria Pamphili spans 180 hectares and is perfect for an afternoon stroll, taking in the stunning gardens and admiring its palatial villa. A pleasant alternative to the more popular Villa Borghese, Doria Pamphili is a hidden gem worth discovering.
5. Centrale Montemartini
For lovers of architecture, the Centrale Montemartini is a museum in which the ancient truly meets the industrial. Located in Ostiense, the museum is a celebration of ancient sculpture juxtaposed with its setting: a former power plant!
Built under Mussolini, the EUR district was devised as tribute to Italian fascist architecture. The theory was to combine 1930’s modernism with ancient Roman style. The result: a curious and intriguing spectacle, including a cuboid tribute to the Coliseum, which has a total of 216 arches decorating its facade.
7. St. Ignatius Loyola Church
A beautiful baroque church, frescoed by Andrea Pozzo in 1685, St. Ignatius Loyola is certainly worth a visit for those who believe ‘they’ve seen it all’.
8. The Roman Cat Sanctuary
A must-see for animal lovers, this former excavation site-turned-sanctuary is well worth a visit. Located on Largo di Torre Argentina, the Sanctuary is home to 400 cats, all fed, nursed and cared for by local volunteers.
9. Protestant Cemetery
Constructed for non-Catholic foreigners whose bodies were not permitted burial on Roman soil, the Roman Protestant Cemetery is the final resting place of famed poets, Shelley and Keats.
10. The Keyhole
Located in Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, the ‘keyhole’ is as intriguing as it sounds!
Sometimes it takes getting off the beaten path to discover the hidden gems and Rome is full of them! Contact our travel specialists for more information on where to go and what to see in Rome!