9 places in Rome that you won’t find in a typical travel guide
If you have already visited famous Colosseum, ancient Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica, please don’t pack your bags to go back home. This beautiful Italian capital has so much more to offer to even the most experienced traveler. Today we present you these unique Roman attractions, which will make you skip typical traveler’s route.
1. Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana
Also known as The Square Colosseum this symbol of 20th century in Rome located in the EUR district. It rarely appears in travel guides, as it was built as a symbol of world fascism by order of Benito Mussolini. Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana has a series of superimposed loggias. Facade consists of six rows with nine arches each – just like name Benito Mussolini has 6 and 9 letters. Since 2015 the headquarters of Fendi fashion house located in The Square Colosseum.
Address: Quadrato della Concordia, 00144, Rome
2. Villa Borghese
This is another original location, where you can explore Eternal City from within. Villa Borghese is a huge park, which often called “green heart of the city” and considered to be the third largest park in Italy. Walking along paths and routes of this English style park you will encounter variety of sculptures. This place is best known for the Borghese Gallery – Art Museum that holds many masterpieces, along with sculpture of Bernini, Canova and paintings by Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio.
Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma
3. Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary
This is “must visit” place for all cat lovers. The remains of ancient temples and statues became a home to a hundreds of homeless cats. As the matter of fact, cats now have a legal right to live here. When local citizens and authorities learned these animals inhabited Torre Argentina, they decided to arrange a special shelter. Nowadays a lot of volunteers take care of cats by feeding them and providing any needed medical care. Tourists can also help by buying local souvenirs or even adopting furry animals.
Address: Largo di Torre Argentina
4. Buco della serratura
At the top of the Aventine Hill there is a residence of the Order of Malta. Residence’s gates have a unique keyhole – “Buco della serratura” or “Knights of Malta Keyhole”. When looking through it one is able to see three souvenir states at the same time – Italy, Vatican and the Order of Malta. It is very easy to distinguish the “Knights of Malta Keyhole” from a regular one, as there are a couple of carabineers on duty right beside it.
Address: Aventino Hill
5. The Orange Garden on Aventine
On top of the Aventine hill located one of the most romantic places in Rome – Savello Park. Although locals rarely use this name, more often it’s called “The Orange Garden”. It was found in 1932 on the site where once a fortress of Savelli family was. Remains of ancient buildings can still be found among the trees. Wonderful orange groves, cypress alleys and flowering oleanders create a unique atmosphere of tranquility. Garden ends with a terrace that offers amazing views on Tiber River, Trastevere and Vatican City.
Address: Via di Santa Sabina, 00153 Roma
6. Fontana dei Libri
While walking through the picturesque narrow streets in the heart of Rome take a look at the interesting fountain located between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. The ancient Romans used to say “Books have their own destiny” meaning that one should not rashly judge literary works. And as a reminder of this wisdom “Fontana dei Libri” or “Fountain of the books” was built. Fountain features two stacks of books with a deer head in between. Underlying books have “bookmarks” from which water flows into a small pool.
Address: Via degli Staderari, 00186 Roma
7. Museo della Pasta
To many of us Italy is associated with fashion, delicious pizza and of course pasta. In order to make tourists irrevocably fall in love with pasta crafty Italians opened the National Pasta Museum in Rome. It was found in 1889 to tell everyone about the origin and history of this product. There are 11 rooms in which you’ll be told that pasta was not actually invented in Italy, but in Greece. However Italians made a major contribution to the development of this dish by revealing the secret of drying pasta. Tourists also will learn about the benefits of Italian pasta, its varieties and shown portraits of famous people eating pasta.
Address: Via Flaminia, 141, 00196 Roma
8. Botanical Garden
If you don’t like crowds of tourist around, we suggest attending the Botanical Garden of the University La Sapienza in the Trastevere district. It is very quiet and almost deserted place full of unique plants collected from all over the world. Even a few minutes in this picturesque place will leave you full of energy and lots of wonderful memories for a long time. And a picture with bamboo grove or Japanese garden on the background will collect not less “likes” than a typical photo with Colosseum.
Address: Via di Villa Corsini, Largo Cristina di Svezia, Roma
9. Pyramid of Cestius
There’s unusual for modern Rome building located near the Protestant cemetery – The Pyramid of Cestius. This mausoleum in shape of a pyramid was built in the first century BC. There were two pyramids like this, but only one remained till nowadays. For a long time the Pyramid of Cestius has attracted foreigners with its frescoes and marble inscriptions.