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Rome Off the Beaten Path

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You've seen the Colosseum, you've perused the Vatican museums, and now you want to experience the 'real' Rome - here's how to get off the beaten path in this historic city.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Like a Local

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10 Places

Baths of Caracalla

Specialty Museums

Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta

Historic Sites

Museo delle Mura

Specialty Museums

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Museum of the Souls of Purgatory

Specialty Museums

Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri

Cemeteries

MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Art Museums

Quartiere Coppede

Architectural Buildings, Neighborhoods

Museum and Crypt of Capuchins

Specialty Museums

Erica F's City Tips

  • Your feet and public transport are going to be your best friends. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and buy a few bus passes.
  • Bring small euro notes and coins to use for entrance fees and tips.
  • Bring a bottle of water but note that food and drink is usually not allowed inside many sites of interest.
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    Baths of Caracalla
    Specialty Museums
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    Erica F Says:

    A second-century bathing complex in the center of Ancient Rome, The Baths of Caracalla were once the heart of Roman social life and could accommodate approximately 10,000 people for exercise, baths and spa treatments.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In summertime, the Baths of Caracalla host Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, providing a beautiful backdrop for ballet and opera performances.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large ruins, great for a wander. 08/28/2015
    • Wonderful 08/24/2015
    • Baths of Caracalla
    Address:
    Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 5717451
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
    2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta
    Historic Sites
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    Erica F Says:

    Rome's favorite peep-hole is a nondescript keyhole on a green door in the walled Knights of Malta compound. Put your eye up to this spot, and you are treated to a view of the gardens of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (a conceptual, sovereign entity that has nothing to do with the country of Malta) with the dome of St. Peter's rising up in the background. Fun fact: you'll be standing on Italian territory, looking through a sovereign entity's gardens, over toward Vatican City - that's three countries in one!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Sunset is one of the prettiest times to visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic 08/26/2015
    • A gem and little visited 08/26/2015
    • Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta
    Address:
    Piazza Cavalieri di Malta
    Colle Aventino
    Rome 00153
    Italy
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    Museo delle Mura
    Specialty Museums
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    Erica F Says:

    Museo delle Mura was built into the ancient Roman walls (circa 3rd century), and walking through it gives you a great idea of how Rome fortified itself, as well as a strong grasp of the size and grandeur of the ancient city.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The last entrance is at 1.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #327 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A pleasant surprise 08/16/2015
    • Interesting if you are in the area 06/18/2015
    • Museo delle Mura
    Address:
    Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 18
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 060608
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Other:
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    Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
    Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Erica F Says:

    Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is Rome's only extant example of a Gothic church. Look up at the gorgeous lapis lazuli blue vaulted ceiling and peer into each of its chapels to admire the amazing artwork, including frescoes by Filippo Lippi.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Michelangelo's statue "Cristo della Minerva" is to the left of the main altar.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the top must see churches in Rome 08/28/2015
    • This church is a gothic gem in Rome. 08/18/2015
    • Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
    Address:
    Piazza della Minerva 42
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 6793926
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 am - 12:30 pm
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
    Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Erica F Says:

    The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi is home to the French churchgoing community and is just as lovely as Versailles. A treasure in itself, the church is also home to three beautiful paintings by Baroque artist, Caravaggio.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Francophiles may want to catch a Sunday mass, held in French.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see in Roma 08/25/2015
    • Caravaggio at his best 08/25/2015
    • Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
    Address:
    Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi
    Rome 00186
    Italy
    Phone:
    06 688271
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Other:
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    Museum of the Souls of Purgatory
    Specialty Museums
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    Erica F Says:

    Housed in a side room of the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, in Rome's Prati neighborhood, this century-old 'Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory' features an interesting collection of personal articles, said to have been singed by the hands of the condemned souls themselves.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Look closely. You will be surprised.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #654 of 988 things to do in Rome
    • Not much of a museum but beautiful church 08/18/2015
    • Interesting but small 08/11/2015
    • Museum of the Souls of Purgatory
    Address:
    Lungotevere Prati, 12
    Rome 00193
    Italy
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
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    Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri
    Cemeteries
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    Erica F Says:

    The non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners - more commonly known as the Protestant Cemetery - in Rome's Testaccio neighborhood is home to several of Rome's famous non-Catholic residents, including John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The cemetery is not exclusively protestant, however - many Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and other non-Christians are also buried here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a peek at the 1st-century BC pyramid.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • lovely peaceful churchyard with famous persons such as Keats and Shelley and Gramschi 08/30/2015
    • A peaceful haven in the bustle 08/30/2015
    • Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri
    Address:
    Via Caio Cestio 6
    Rome 00153
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 5741900
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea
    Art Museums
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    Erica F Says:

    Tucked amid the Testaccio's 19th-century apartment buildings MACRO is everything a contemporary art museum should be. Its glossy steel-and-glass finish adds an air of modern sophistication, while the red-and-black interior maintains much of the original structure of the building (a former Peroni beer plant). The modern art exhibitions are impressive, but the building is equally so.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Head up to the roof terrace for magnificent city views.
    • Whether or not you drive, go out to the car park to have a peek at the remains of an ancient Roman house that were unearthed during restoration.
    • Wear flat shoes, without heels - preferably sneakers.
    • Arrive after 4pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #416 of 988 things to do in Rome
    • such a great collection and amazing architecture. 08/14/2015
    • Very unhelpful staff and poor exhibition of Belgian art 08/14/2015
    • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea
    Address:
    Via Nizza
    corner of Via Cagliari
    Rome 00198
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6710 70400
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
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    Quartiere Coppede
    Architectural Buildings, Neighborhoods
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    Erica F Says:

    The Coppedé neighborhood is a breath of fresh air and a nice respite from Rome's plethora of Renaissance and Baroque palazzi. Designed at the turn of the 20th century by architect Gino Coppedè, the neighborhood is a vibrant collection of Art Nouveau-era buildings.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • See if you can find the famous spider.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something very different from everything else in Rome 08/04/2015
    • An unusual corner of Rome for Art Nouveau lovers 06/08/2015
    • Quartiere Coppede
    Address:
    Piazza Mincio
    Quartiere Trieste
    Rome 00198
    Italy
    Phone:
    3473811874
    Other:
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    Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
    Specialty Museums
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    Erica F Says:

    Under the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione is a crypt where more than 4,000 bones from dead Capuchin monks are used as wall decoration - a sober reminder that life is fleeting!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take your time to investigate all the modern artefacts in the renovated museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 988 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extraordinary 08/28/2015
    • A Must See in Rome 08/27/2015
    • Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
    Address:
    Via Vittorio Veneto 27
    Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione della Beata Vergine Maria
    Rome 00187
    Italy
    Phone:
    06/88803695
    Other:
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