Yes. Rome is home to some of the world’s most historic and visited sites, including, the Coliseum, Vatican City, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. However, there is MUCH MUCH more to Rome than these amazing sites. The following is a list of 7 unique things to do & places to see in Rome:
People watching. “Rome is famous for all its public spaces where kids, students, families and young couples always seem to congregate…Head to Via del Pignetto and the surrounding area where you’ll find the coolest locals — plus some great mens fashion shops, wine bars and some small live music clubs.” Adam of Travels of Adam;
The Purgatory Museum. Thee Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory at Chiesa del Sacro Cuore in Prati, Lungotevere Prati is home to artifacts that are said to prove the existence of purgatory. The souls said to be stuck in purgatory, between heaven and hell, are said to have left their mark on the items on display. The books with fingerprints and handprints burned into them are amongst the strangest and most striking of these. Urban Ghosts;
The Capuchin Crypt. Keeping with the religious theme, a tour of the Capuchin Crypt is essential. Th bones of more than 4,000 Capuchin friars have been stored here, but in a very non-traditional way. They have been taken apart and then used to make great sculptures or actually used as part of the building’s structure. Kym Tom, The Travel and Adventure Blog;
Rome Late Night. For a completely different, romantic and less crowded perspective take time to explore this ancient city well after the sun goes down. Start off by heading to La Terrasse Cuisine and Lounge at Hotel Sofitel or delicious cocktails and jaw-dropping views of the skyline. Then explore can’t-miss places like the Spanish Steps (pictured above) when most tourists have departed for the day. Adam Warner, Traveler’s Joy
See the Pope on Sunday: The Pope greets everyone from its window and talks to people, in the very suggestive setting of St. Peter’s Square. Casa Howard Guest House;
Tivoli: Villa d’Este: “The town of Tivoli is just 30 km far from Rome and easily reachable by bus or train for the price of a Cappuccino. You’ll be amazed of so much beauty concentrated in a small town: the natural park of Villa Gregoriana, the Renaissance style Villa d’Este with its garden, and the ruins of the rural retreat of the Emperor Adriano, Villa Adriana. Tivoli is also famous for its thermal baths: the smell of its sulfurous water is so strong that sometimes it’s perceivable even from Rome.” Davide Vadalà, The Planet D;
Stadio dei Marmi. “This Italian stadium makes liberal use of fascist statuary to evoke classical sporting arenas. Located in the Foro Italico, an Italian sports complex that was created under the direction of Benito Mussolini, the Stadio dei Marmi is covered in faux Greco-Roman statues that owe more to fascism than to the classical period.” Eric Grundhauser, Atlas Obscura.