Unconventional guide to Rome part 2

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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.

Hotels 

**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

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.

Best Suites Pantheon   

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

Kokoro shop

 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.

Porta Portese

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.

Too Much

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.

Print market 

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

Capuchin Monks

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 .

Galleria Borghese

 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.

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Tiago Costa

About Tiago Costa

Hello! I'm Tiago, I am a social media intern at Easytobook. A harpist wannabe, part-time backpacker, avid flea market hunter, napkin writer, who particularly loves snow ( as I can't get any on my hometown of Brasilia).

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