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Off the Beaten Path Rome! Tips for Food, Neighborhoods, Activities, Etc.

Off the Beaten Path Rome! Tips for Food, Neighborhoods, Activities, Etc.

Old May 26th, 2014, 04:04 AM
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My oldest child, especially, will think I'm the best mom, re: Capuchin Crypt! I can't wait...glenmd, what a description. Cruiseluv, thanks for the address.

And yeah, I know Borghese is not off the beaten track but we have never been. All trips to Rome have been so quick so we stayed within the city center. So I change my request to off the beaten track, like your suggestion, coupled with must see neighborhoods that you need to wander slowly through, and outside the city highlights. I really do have a great list. Thank you.

If I can be stingy with everyone's time, more restaurant suggestions would be great. We are all foodies and love hole in the walls to Michelin rated and anything in between. We will travel far and wide for a memorable meal.

For those in America, Happy Memorial Day! Everyone else, enjoy the day as well.
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I too think churches are underrepresented in your itinerary.

In particular, I will recommend Il Gesu, the mother church of the Jesuits in Rome.

It has a wonderful ceiling with a trompe l'oeil depiction of the Last Judgement which combines painting and sculpture. It shows the Protestants all falling into Hell in the greatest of agony while faithful Catholics rise to Heaven. As an Episcopalian, I can't approve of this disposition of souls and bodies, but it is an amazing Counter-Reformation monument.

Lots of other churches, but the kids are a bit young for architecture. Mine also loved painting and sculpture at the same ages.

Consider riding one of the trams through or around the city. Unless you live in one of the rare US cities with light rail, it will be a new experience and it will take you to the off the beaten path neighborhoods where Real Live Romans live.
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Two places with great panoramic views of Rome are the Pincio gardens overlooking the Piazza del Popolo and Piazzale Garibaldi on the Gianicolo hill. From the latter it is a nice walk downhill and into Trastevere, stopping to admire Bramante's Tempietto at San Pietro in Montorio.

You might also enjoy seeing the Protestant Cemetery. Nearby is the the Pyramid of Cestius, a fascinating tomb from about 18 B.C.

There are so many churches it is hard to choose, but some favorites are Santa Maria in Trastevere, Sta Maria sopra Minerva near the Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi with its magnificent early Caravaggios. If you do a search, you will find threads on churches in Rome.

We enjoyed visiting the Appian Way and the aqueducts park

If you have not visited the Palatine on earlier trips I would recommend exploring that area. It is much greener and more park- like than the Forum. The view of the Forum from the Farnese gardens is also good.
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We totally enjoyed a day in Orvieto. It's a short train ride from Rome and a nice break from Rome.
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If you're in Testaccio to visit the citta del altra economia as Vinoroma suggests, you may also want to visit the MACRO Testaccio. I saw a fabulous exhibit there a few months ago, and there's a neat bamboo sculpture in front that can be climbed (lots of kids doing that when I was there).


Also nearby is the Protestant Cemetary, which could be fun to explore, and is in the shadow of the Cestia Pyramid


If the weather is nice, it might be fun to walk up the Janiculum (Gianicolo) hill. The views are lovely, and when I was there on a Sunday in April, there were loads of families out, some live music, food trucks selling ice cream and snacks, and I think I saw a playground somewhere along the way.
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Hi all. We are back from two weeks in Rome and I wanted to thank you for your suggestions. I was in school most of the day and I managed to keep the kids occupied.

But first I just wanted to tell you that we loved staying in Parioli. Such a nice neighborhood filled with cute shops and great restaurants surrounding the Borghese Park. We really enjoyed eating at Celestina ai Parioli which is worth it even if you are not staying in the neighborhood.

The kids and I enjoyed many of your suggestions including living in Borghese Park. We rented bikes and Segways twice, ate, relaxed and walked around. My youngest loved the merry-go-round and all the games. Of course, the museum is magnificent --just reserve tickets in advance.

The kids also went to Ostia Antica and we all went to Villa d'Este in Tivoli and had a magnificent meal at Sibilla. As suggested we strolled the Jewish quarter, which we all really enjoyed and my kids surprised me with their wealth of knowledge on the Holocaust and the Roman ruins in the neighborhood. We also strolled around Trastevere which has a very eclectic and exciting vibe and had two dinners there as well. We really enjoyed the dinner at Hostaria La Botticella.

They also went to Santa Maria Maggiore and peeked into several other churches. And as it turns out, they wanted to return to the Roman Forums, the Colosseum, and the Spanish Steps many, many times to relax and eat gelato. They also met me in Prati most days where my school is located and we tried the numerous restaurants, gelato shops and even found the local grocery store which made for hours of fun making paninis at the apartment.

All in all it was great renting an apartment in Rome and taking in many new and exciting attractions for us. So thank you. By the way, I used Sleep in Italy for the apartment and they were great.

Take care.
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