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We have already eaten and drank in some of the most special places in Rome. As Rome was not built in one day, neither did our guide to this incredible city.
We will now uncover some of Rome’s best stays, markets, shops and landmarks. These are indispensable if you prefer unique pieces, shorter lines or most importantly to pay a little less for high quality products.
From flea markets to alternative museums, Rome has a wide variety of places which are not so massively advertised as the main attractions. Although we don’t advise you to skip the must-see attractions and museums, try to check some of these places once you have had enough of the crowds. It takes a little researching to find exclusive places in the city, so We’ll give you a head start.
**Easytobook is offering super discounts for the following hotels in Rome. Hotels must be booked from the 10th until the 12th of October. Booking valid until December 2013.
Le Suite di Via Ottaviano Bed and Breakfast Rome is located in a 19th century building in the heart of Rome in front of Risorgimento Square and the Vatican Museums. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many of the historic sites of the city. It is located 150 meters from San Pietro, 100 meters from the Vatican’s Museum and 200 meters from the metro station. From the window of the Suite you can notice the strategic point of its position: few steps from the Vatican, Saint Peter square, Rinascimento square and the wonderful Castel Sant’ Angelo.
Le Suite di Via Ottaviano Bed and Breakfast Rome is comparable to a 5-star hotel for the services, with a rate of a bed & breakfast. Housed in a magnificent historic palace built in the 1800s, this luxurious accommodation has Wi-Fi internet access and paid parking. One of the suites is a non-smoking room and equipped with private whirlpool shower and Jacuzzi.
This hotel is right in the heart of the city’s medieval center. within a walking distance of many fascinating aspects of the capital. Piazza Navona is a five minute walk to the west, while Trevi Fountain is about the same distance to the east. From the hotel it is also a short walk across the Tevere to Palazzo di Giustizia and Castel Sant’Angelo.
Housed in a beautiful sixteenth century building, Pantheon Best Suites is a brand new hotel designed for both business and leisure travelers. They also offer exemplary personal service from the multilingual staff, a private airport transfer service, tours assistance and luggage storage. In addition to providing free Wi-Fi connection throughout, the entire property is air-conditioned and includes an elevator to easily access
Shops and Markets
It is only for girls! This shop is specialized in handmade, one of a kind pieces. It is a great place if you like a more edgy or unique style. Prices are reasonable.
It is the biggest Sunday market in Rome. You can find pretty much everything in there. If you have a treasure hunter’s soul, you will love to dig around the piles of clothes and objects in this market.
Invitto alla lettura
It’s a shop with a very retro atmosphere. You have old books, magazines,posters and weird objects all around. Just sit and sip a coffee while enjoying the atmosphere of this place, maybe buy some of their unique pieces.
At Rome’s first Kitsch palace, you can find everything from sexy postcards to unique objects. It is a great place to buy gifts for friends or just to window shop.
Underground Flea Market (one of the best in Rome)
This market at Via Francesco Crispi 96 Ludovisi underground car park, is open Sat 3-8pm & Sun 10.30am-7.30pm (2nd weekend of the month Sept-Jun) -It is a monthly flea market held underground! It is located in a subterranean car park near Villa Borghese. There you can find pretty much everything from antiques to collectibles. This is a market full of character and not touristic at all.
Largo della Fontanella di Borghese, (Mon-Sa, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) This flea market is a veritable haven for lovers of old prints, books (both genuine antiquarian and less-exalted second-hand), magazines and other printed ephemera.
Landmarks & Museums
It is a very unique and creepy experience. It contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The museum is under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini church. A nice experience if you are not scared of morbid places.
Roman Jewish Ghetto
It is a very special experience, I recommend taking a tour as you are surrounded by so much history. Don’t forget to order some Carciofi alla Giuda or their freshly baked cookies in the trattorias in this area.
Fontana Di Trevi by night
Try to see the Fontana di Trevi at night. During the day it is half as pleasant with so many tourists and pickpockets. At night you can listen to the water, take stunning pictures and see how the lights add to its beauty .
It is a museum inside one of the most beautiful parks in Rome. It is not as big as the Vatican museums, therefore you can spend a special amount of time. It is also not so little with about 20 rooms, highly decorated and with pieces from great masters like Canova, Bernini and Caravaggio.
Did we miss some special attractions? Please let us know on the comments below.
Rome is considered the eternal city, not only because of its vast and rich history, but also due to its great size and population. The first step when planning a trip to the city, it’s to accept the fact that you will not be able to see everything. Well,unless you have 10 years to spare.
The city has history in every little corner. It has an endless list of museums,landmarks, restaurants… Once you have seen the main ones, maybe it is time to adapt the city to your own interests.
As in any big city in the world, the genuine local businesses are often overlooked. In Rome, there are many Trattorias and family Ristorantes which are delicious. Tourists fail to experience them due to a mass of touristic restaurants, with less than tasty dishes and skyrocketing prices. It is extremely important to read as much as you can about the city, in order not to miss the real local options.
We have gathered a few of our favorite places in the city, to inspire and encourage you to have a great experience. So get ready to stumble into the cobblestone pavements, be wowed by the amazing architecture and most importantly to enjoy Rome!
The food tour
Immerse yourself in the one of the greatest cuisines in the world. The food tour is a 4 hour-long affair, which will enable you to eat the Testaccio market away. You are going to taste wonderful pasta, desserts, wine, cheese and much more. Get ready to have the gastronomic experience of a lifetime. Tour guides are very knowledgeable and interactive,teaching you everything there is to know about Italian cuisine.
This charming neighborhood will make you feel like you have left Rome. The small village feel, with narrow streets and local restaurants are a good option to a pleasant afternoon.
Formula One pizza
This is a small but well known place among locals. The pizza is made in wooden ovens with very thin crust, the wine is served in jugs and the owner goes around talking to patrons in this very cozy environment. An amazing little restaurant with very affordable prices.
Testaccio food market
The market is a great look into the Italian Cuisine, and there you can eat from fresh Cannoli to wonderful cheese, wine and so on. Do not forget to also check the cemetery of Non-Catholics which is right around the corner.
Gelateria Del Teatro
This is considered one of the best known gelaterias in Rome. They have a wide variety of gelatos which are all homemade and delicious. In addition they are located in a great location for people watching.
At Castroni you can find the best coffee and jam, all the ingredient are fresh and coming basically form all Italy and World. This is not a touristic place, there you can have the real taste of Rome!
One of the most famous pizzerias in Rome. There you can find more than just a simple pizza. They are made with the finest quality ingredients, also chef Bonci has created some unusual combinations. The place is very little and it is located just few steps out of the metro station.
Circolo Degli Artisti
This venue hosts all exciting names of upcoming Italian artists in a picturesque environment. It has a huge park/garden, underneath an old aqueduct, attached, with bars distributed throughout it and some cool sculptures. There’s even a pizzeria!
It may sound a little weird to go to an English pub in the middle of Rome. But this place is worth the sin! It has a very interesting setting with live music every day of the week. Many choices of food are available from typical English pub food to Italian classics like pasta and pizza, in addition to delicious Tex-Mex style food.
Big Hilda Bar
It is one of the favorite bars when around the always bustling Trastevere. The bar looks extremely classy, and drinks are definitely not expensive. Perfect combination.
This is a student neighborhood of the University of La Sapienza ( the biggest university in Europe). It has a great mixture of internationals and locals, which inclines the many bars around to have cheaper prices. The downside of the area its that there are some drug dealers and illegal sellers, just say no thank you and continue walking.
It is a place with troublesome history but today it is a great location for artists to meet and share ideas. It is housed in a beautiful garden, amazing for Roman summers! It has a great atmosphere for those who believe in change.
It is an ex industrial site which now houses a very well known venue for international DJs, art installations and a vintage market on Sundays. During the night the line can get a little overwhelming but it is well worth it.
Please share in the comments below which are your favorite spots in Rome.
But Rome is not only about “old stuff” and ancient history. Rome is also one of the Italian cities where all the most famous artists and architects want to leave a trace of their work.
Auditorium Parco della Musica
One of the most fabulous examples of modern art & architecture in Rome is the Auditorium “Parco della Musica” (Music Park) designed by the most famous Italian modern architect: Renzo Piano. This beautiful structure is composed of 3 concert halls (Sala Petrassi, Sala Sinopoli and Sala Santa Cecilia) and by an open theater that recalls the structure of an ancient roman theater.
We frequently use them as a reference, but ask the common traveller to list you the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and they might do well to tick off three…
How well do you know them? Taj Mahal? Iguazu falls? Pyramid of Giza? Well, you’re right….kind of: these three all appear in separate lists.
In truth, there are several world wonders lists, and some countries even have their own ‘wonders’ list.
To clarify things we’ve decided to make a rundown of the three most important ‘World Wonders’ lists:
The New 7 Wonders, the Ancient World Wonders, and the Seven Wonders of Nature. Be prepared to be blown away!
A vacation should be an experience that, from start to finish, is fun, exciting and special. Minibars and flat screen TVs just don’t turn me on anymore. I want to be wowed.
Luckily, I’m not alone. A number of hotels now offer a choice of unique designs and decor, ranging from romantically themed rooms to upside-down mirror suites. Some of these just have to be seen to be believed.
Come with us on a tour of ten of the top theme hotels around the globe.
Comics Guesthouse, Rome
Europe might be full of foreigners, small hotel rooms and questionable border security, but one thing it really does have going for it is the depth and breadth of history throughout the continent. Like tropical rainforest is for plant and animal species, Europe is an area of immense cultural richness.
What follows is an introduction to UNESCO-listed attractions in Europe. In this post I’ll concentrate on the most famous ones. However, it’s definitely worth looking beyond the obvious to uncover less well-known destinations.
Let’s move from west to east, so it will feel a bit like we’re travelling forward in time.
Some people like to patronise chain hotels because they offer a standard level of accommodation. It can be reassuring to know what level of service and facilities to expect when you stay in a Hilton or a Holiday Inn. Conversely, if you stray off the beaten path you’re forfeiting the kind of reassurance that comes with brand standards.
However, sometimes taking a risk can pay dividends. Take the following hotels, for example; if names are anything to go by, what kind of fun extras might they offer?
Following our Top Rome Blogs post we contacted some of the bloggers and asked a few questions to improve our knowledge of Rome and its spirit and to get some useful tips for all the travelers wishing to visit the Eternal City.
The bloggers that kindly participated in this project are the following:
- Amanda Ruggeri – www.revealedrome.com
- Martina – www.miglioraroma.com
- Ron – www.roninrome.com
- Céline – www.frenchinroma.com
Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world and I hope this small insiders guide will help you to find your way and to have a wonderful vacation!
All roads lead to Rome – this saying explains in one sentence how magnificent, fantastic and awe-inspiring is the Italian capital, Rome! The Eternal City is one of the biggest cities in Italy and Europe and is, for sure, one of the most historical attractions in the whole world. Rome was once the capital of the whole world and it is still possible to find evidence of the city’s glorious past.
We already published our A to Z about Rome, but today we want to give you some useful links to blogs dedicated to this amazing city to help you out find more information. Like we did with the top Paris blogs, we’ll give you a valid list of blogs where you can find tips from the locals and fresh news about Rome. Of course, talking about Italy, most of these blogs are about food…so, if you are a food addict, you can’t miss them!
From time to time I’m quite sure that you, like me, are just surfing the Internet trying to find some inspiration for your next trip; perhaps you’re looking for something that can leave you speechless, breathless, and completely astonished.
Some travelers base their decision on a friend’s experience, some of them search for images in Google to find something interesting, some may browse the travel blogs. My chosen method, however, is to search for amazing videos on YouTube and to draw inspiration from there. Having some experience in this, I really would love to share with you these fantastic videos about some destinations I think you shouldn’t miss.
All of these videos are made using a technique called ‘Time-Lapse’: recording whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that which will be used to play the sequence back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster (and thus lapsing). Okay, this is the theory; let’s enjoy the videos now!