15 Secrets About Rome Holiday That Nobody Will Tell You

With a little help from our friends we’ve compiled a list of 15 unique activities for you to do in Rome. But it’s not just any old list – because we know that you don’t need anyone to tell you what they must see places in Rome are.

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You may have visited before and you’ve tried all the regular Rome itinerary 3 days excursions… you’ve done the Colosseum to death and probably thrown many a coin into the Trevi Fountain that it’s best you don’t start counting! Or perhaps you’re looking for a new way to do an old thing.

This is the list to end all lists. Here are our 15 Secrets About Rome Holiday That Nobody Will Tell You.

1) Walk up to Giancarlo Hill and listen out for the cannon that fires every single day at midday and has done since the battle for Rome was won here! Then admire the view of all of Rome – just breathtaking!

2) As museums in Rome are well-known, buy ‘Jump the queue’ tickets for the Vatican Museum. Will save you hours and the groups are very small.

3) Pizza, a big bottle of beer (sold at any corner shop) and hang out in Piazza Madonna dei Monti in the Monti District and of course a pistachio gelato at Fatamorgana.

4) Enrol in Gladiatior School to experience the real Rome back in the day.

5) Palazzo Valentini – Using state of art technology such as lasers and sound effects, the archaeological remains of ancient Roman houses are brought to life! Situated in the headquarters of the Province of Rome and just a short walk from Piazza Venezia, it’s educational, fascinating and a must-visit.

6) Visit the cat sanctuary at Largo Argentina.

7) Visit the Galleria Borghese (in Villa Borghese park) to see artworks by Caravaggio, Bernini and Titian. Both the art and the building are extravagantly breathtaking.

8) Spend the day exploring the EUR zone of Rome where you’ll experience the city’s fascist architecture.  Immerse yourself into ancient Roman life at the Roman Civilization Museum, get to know real, deep Italian folk culture at the Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari and finally, see a modern, square colosseum.

9) Take the elevator up the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II (in Piazza Venezia and also commonly referred to as the Wedding Cake building) and take in a stunning panoramic view of the city.

10) Get an amazing view of Rome through the Knights of Malta Keyhole on Aventine Hill – one of Rome’s best kept secrets. Use the footpath Via San Sabina to Piazza Cavalieri di Malta. You’ll also get a great view of Trastevere and St Peter from the Orange Garden at Santa Sabina.

11) Visit San Giovanni di Laterano (or Saint John’s in Lateran) Church. San Giovanni is the first Christian Basilica built in the world and the original Papal seat until the 15th century, consecrated and dedicated to the Savoir in A.D. 324.

12) Recreate your own Roman holiday movie scene and take a Vespa Tour by night.

13) Head out late at night in Rome – when all the tourists have gone home safely tucked away in their hotel room beds and see the sites. Visiting the Trevi Fountain at midnight is magical – and probably the only time that you can get an unobstructed photo of the iconic fountain!

14) Walk around the San Lorenzo District. This student district, just to the southeast of Stazione Termini is Rome at its most alternatives. Packed with cheap eateries, lefty-leaning bars and boutique shops, it’s a welcome break from the touristy centre. Plus, it’s the home of the best chocolate in Rome – the chocolate factory at www.said.it – try their hot chocolate, you won’t be disappointed!

15) Hire, borrow or beg a bike and cycle along the Tiber River from Ponte Della Musica to Ponte Marconi. Glorious,  great and gritty perspective on the City. You’ll end up near Testaccio – just perfect for lunch at Augustarello in Via G Branca. You could cycle back and go to a concert at The Auditorium.

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