8 Secret Tourism Places in Rome Only Local Knows About
They say that all roads lead to Rome. Whoever has been in the Italian capital may feel that way. That’s why finding secret places in Rome is not an easy task.
There are more than 12 million tourists in this city every year. And if we add to that a fixed population of almost 3 million inhabitants … Well, it’s a lot of people.
It is clear that you probably already include in your itinerary the Colosseum, the Forums, or the Trevi Fountain.
But after a couple of days dodging hordes of people taking pictures with each of the five cameras they have hanging around their necks, one can get to feel like having gone on vacation without escaping from the crowd.
That is why, I’ve found you some small corners that tourists usually pass by. That’s where we can go to breathe and appreciate quietly how wonderful this city is, without hurry.
We want to show you our secret places in Rome in this blog, so that you can also take a break in the middle of the crowd and buzzes.
For some reason, the Gianicolo is quite outside the typical tourist circuit, which makes it one of the best secret places in Rome. People often cross the river only to go to Trastevere or the Vatican, and then return to the center of the city, passing this wonder out.
If you are here, consider visiting the eighth hill of Rome, you can climb in the afternoon to have an unbeatable view of the city.
Keep in mind that you have to walk a little uphill (unless you’re driving). But we can assure you that it is worth it, and that you will have some very good views of Trastevere as you go up.
While there are so many historical buildings in Rome, the Fontanone dell’Acqua Paola that is at the top is, to our liking. For us, it is one of the most beautiful building in the city. It was built in the seventeenth century to celebrate the reopening of an ancient Roman aqueduct.
There are several points to see once up the hill, such as the Church of San Pietro in Montorio and the Monument to Garibaldi, and idol of the Risorgimento (you can see the process of unification of Italy).
#2 CHIESA DEL GESÚ
The Rione Pigna is one of the most famous in Rome. Particularly, because it is here where the majestic Pantheon and the busy Piazza Venezia are located.
That is why, this modest (outside) church goes unnoticed by most tourists.
The Chiesa del Gesú (Church of Jesus) has a name as simple as its facade. Built between 1568 and 1584, the Chiesa del Gesù was the first Jesuit church to be built in Rome. If you pass through its doors you will never believe what is inside, which makes it one of the best secret places in Rome!
If you see the ceilings, there is an expression of the baroque in its highest splendor, with hundreds of frescoes and sculptures superimposed. The effect achieved by these figures together with the sun’s rays has nothing to envy to a 3D movie of the 21st century.
#3 BALCÓN DEL ALCALDE IN CAMPIDOGLIO
Located on the Capitalina Hill, the entrance to the Plaza del Campidoglio goes unnoticed, although its staircase is one of the most beautiful in Rome.
The square is behind the imposing Vittoriano Monument, a few meters away in Piazza Venezia.
The square is also the entrance to the Capital Museums. That is why if you are going to visit them, we recommend that you don’t do like most tourists and pass them by in a hurry.
Completely designed by Michelangelo, it is crowned by an equestrian statue of Marco Aurelio. Unfortunately, this is a replica, since the original is inside the Museums.
The yellow building facing the street is the Palazzo Senatorio , which currently functions as the Town Hall of Rome.
But the best part of this square is located behind: if you border the Palazzo Senatorio, you will arrive at what is known as the “Vittoriano , where you will find an incredible and little-visited panoramic view of the Roman Forums and the Colosseum in the background
Definitely, the Piazza del Campidoglio is one of those places know. However, this little visited balcony os the secret place to visit in Rome.
#4 Borghese Gallery
The gallery building was built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577—1633), who laid the foundations of the art collection. A well-known admirer of creativity Caravaggio, he acquired many of the most important works of this master.
The building took its final form under Marcantonio Borghese IV (1730-1800), which at the end of the 18th century rebuilt it in the style of classicism. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to sculpture, the second is an art gallery.
The collection of paintings consists of works by Dutch, Flemish, French, German and Spanish masters. The works of Italian artists of the 16th — 17th centuries, including Veronese, Correggio, Raphael, Titian, Reni, Cesare Sesto, Vincenzo Camuccini, are especially well represented.
If you want to know more about Borghese Gallery, you can read our experience when visiting the place here http://edenwalks.com/tour/borghese-gallery-private-tour/5. Pinacoteca Capitolina in Capitoline Museums
Pinacoteca de Capitol contains collections of paintings by the Pio di Savoie and Sacchetti families.
Capitoline Museums almost annually replenished with a large number of all new artifacts after the unification of Italy. They were mined during excavations and kept in the archaeological warehouse of the municipality, known today as the Antiquarium.
6. Doria Phamphili Museums
Doria Pamphili Gallery is a private gallery with a rich collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture in the Doria Pamphili Palace on Via del Corso in Rome. The most popular collection is 17th century Italian painting.
7. Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is a medieval titular basilica in Rome in honor of Saint Cecilia, a Christian martyr and patroness of music. The church is located in Trastevere. The first church in this place appeared in the V century.
8. Villa Torlonia and Mussolini’s bunker
The bunker of the fascist dictator of Italy, Benito Mussolini, is located in the Villa Torlonia in Rome. After the war, the headquarters of the Allied forces was evacuated in the villa for some time. Since the 1950s, the villa has been abandoned. The Roman municipality bought this property in 1977 and subsequently repaired it and openedit for tourists in 2006.
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