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Here are some interesting places tin Rome o visit other than the usual biggies

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We were in Rome just after the New Year and also found these places quite interesting. In no particular order....

Palazzo Doria Pamphlia--set right in the heart of the busy city, one would never know that this huge block-large palazzo is there if the gates were shut. It is a gorgeous palace surrounding an open courtyard and has a huge art collection. Nearly every inch of wall space is covered with paintings from all eras. We rented the headsets and enjoyed the extra insights they gave us into the family background and the pieces of art.

The Catacombs of Priscilla--We were the only visitors there so had a private guided tour of these catacombs on the NE fringe of the city. Located ??? 3 miles from the Borghese, we walked there after our Borghese tour (there is probably a better way to get there) and then took the bus back into the heart of Rome. A truly interesting look at what the catacombs were like and the frescoes from 250AD.

Villa Farnesina--A large mansion in Trastevere with very few visitors. This has superb frescoed rooms, some by Raphael. It was a peaceful and lovely place to visit.

Aventine Hill--We just walked around enjoying the ambience of the neighborhood and stopped in at a few churches.

Palantine Hill--you've already paid for this if you've paid for your Colosseum admission. It was an interesting walk looking at different ruins and seeing things from a different perspective.

We took in a free concert at the Basilica dei Ss. Giovani e Paolo al Celio. It was a lovely church in what I am sure would be a beautiful neighborhood in the daytime. For us, it was dark and pretty deserted and we were debating whether we should walk through a completely unknown neighborhood in the dark. We are glad we did and wish we'd had time to walk there again in the daylight.

We had 8 nights so had time to add in some of these things. Even if your time is short, I'd recommend trying to hit at least a couple of these places so you can enjoy Rome without all the crowds. We did a zillion churches too and now that I'm home, frankly, I can remember these as individual places, whereas the churches have, for the most part, run together in my memory even though I have photos of them.

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