Hidden Gems of Rome, Italy | Travel Guide by Wanderlist Travel
Everyone knows the eternal city is home to historical monuments, buildings, sites and churches, but Rome also hides to the eyes of many, some gems that will take you to experience Rome to another level: romance, unexpected views, adventures, colors, flavors and secret places to enjoy all its beauty.
If you have already visited Rome once (or twice) or just want to avoid the most crowded destinations and attractions, here is a list of 10 uncommon places that will change your idea of Rome forever.
- Il giardino degli aranci. Not far from the Colosseum, in a beautiful little piazza, there is a door with an opening. If you look through it you can have one of the best views of Rome you will ever find. At the end of a path of trees, under the shape of a floral arch and coming out of the roofs of the Vatican State, you can see the Cupola of Saint Peter’s in its full splendor.
- Il Roseto di Roma Capitale. The rose garden of Rome hosts more than a thousand varieties of roses from all around the world. Some are very rare, some are 40 millions years old, some are new, and they are all together to create a fantastic garden out of this world.
- Il Pincio. This garden is one of the most romantic and picturesque of Rome. Situated above Piazza del Popolo, in here you can enjoy a great view of the city, you can take a stroll in the big park and visit the Orologio ad Acqua, a mechanical watch powered by water at the center of a little lake.
- Sant’Ignazio di Loyola. 5 minutes from Piazza Venezia, this giant church has an uncommon characteristic. Once you enter the church you can notice the beautiful frescos of the cupola but...hey? Where is the cupola?? The beautiful frescos create a perspective that makes you think there is a cupola while there is not.
- Il Ghetto. This traditional Hebrew neighborhood of Rome has an incredible history and beauty. Walking in these streets is a sensorial experience though time and flavors. Make sure you have a meal in this part of town, many of the traditional Roman dishes were born here.
- Gelateria Giolitti. Every one knows the best gelato is the Italian Gelato. But not many people know the best Italian gelato is at Gelateria Giolitti. 20 minutes walking from the Colosseum and 15 from Piazza di Spagna, this place lies in the very heart of Rome. This gelateria is one of the oldest and still keeps its traditional style. The gelato is the best you can find and the variety is quite interesting.
- Quartiere Coppedé. The Rome you don’t expect is right here in this part of town. An extravagant and mysterious neighborhood that will make you feel part of a fairytale with its liberty style, frescos and arches.
- I nasoni. If you have been in Rome or know even a little about this city, you are well aware of the large amount of fountains that embellish piazzas and streets. Little people know that the running water of Rome not only is drinkable but very good for you. I Nasoni or Big Nose are the little drinking fountains with a special peak with a hole on top. These fountains have quenched Romans’ thirst since the beginning of their history and represent a symbol of the city.
- Mausoleo di Santa Costanza. Outside the classical touristic itinerary but easily reachable by underground. This mausoleum is open every day and the visit is for free. This church is very popular for weddings for its round shape and incredible splendor.
- Villa d’Este. In the suburbs of Rome, where the aristocrats used to take their vacations, there are many beautiful villas. If you have to choose only one, Villa d’Este is The One. Its gardens and endless fountains outside and unbelievable frescos and architecture inside make this place very special and unforgettable.
And then last but not least, you should know that Rome by day and Rome by night are two different cities. Walk back in the streets you have already walked and experience Rome under the stars. Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona, the Colisseum and Piazza di Spagna by night will make you experience a whole new city.
It’s not enough one life time to know Rome, but I do want to spend it knowing it more and more.