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Your favorite "just off the beaten tourist track" things to do in Rome

Your favorite "just off the beaten tourist track" things to do in Rome

Nov 18th, 2013, 08:57 AM
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Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini has a crypt decorated entirely with the bones of Capuchin monks. Fascinating (and a bit morbid). It is located near the Hard Rock Cafe.
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Nov 18th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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I don't believe anyone mentioned the Ara Pacis museum. It houses an over 2000 year old altar within a modern piece of architecture designed by Richard Meier.
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Nov 18th, 2013, 11:21 AM
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Why not compare two beautiful sculptures from Bernini? Search for he two extasis sculptures, the S.Therese one and the Beata Ludovica one, both very different, and very intriguing.
I second the suggestion of a short visit to the Ara Pacis...

Enjoy your stay!
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Nov 18th, 2013, 11:23 AM
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Three of Interest 2 in Rome one outside

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore located quite near the train station. Its art works are amazing, and its a treasure of art, mosaics, design. With you back to the tracks take the left side exit, cross the street at the crosswalk to your left, walk down three blocks and there you are.

E U R Mussolini's art deco modern city

Ostia Antica in many respects far better than Pompeii. Short train ride from the Tiburtina station you can take Metro line B or you can check and get a bus if you like riding through town, you will pass through neighborhoods, the outer wall and see the tomb of Cestius which is kitty corner across from the bus stop at the Tiburtina station
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Nov 18th, 2013, 11:28 AM
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Correction I mean take the Metro to the Piramide stop. Sorry my head is not with the program this morning.
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Nov 18th, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Visit THE chocolate shop - La Bottega del Cioccolato - http://www.labottegadelcioccolato.it. Chocolate to die for
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Nov 19th, 2013, 08:06 AM
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"Ostia Antica in many respects far better than Pompeii.

I realise it is all about opinion, but apart from its closeness to Rome itself, and being less crowded, I can think of no ways in which Ostia Antica is better than Pompeii. I do really like Ostia, but for me Pompeii is massively more interesting.

Back to the original question, one of the great joys or Rome is just walking. Pick a start point , for example the Ponte Sant'Angelo - head into the heart of the city and take a turn wherever you fancy. Getting lost is half the fun, but you are almost certain to stumble upon somewhere famous or fascinating.
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Nov 20th, 2013, 07:09 AM
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This is such a great thread! So helpful. Thank you all for your suggestions!
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Nov 21st, 2013, 08:25 AM
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We like to wander around on our trips. Here are two things we did on our last trip to Rome.

1. "After a brief time at our hotel, we took Metro A to Termini, transferred to Metro B, and then got off at the Policlinico stop, which is in a nice residential area near the Sapienza University. We then transferred to the #3 bus, which took us through some more residential areas, until we got to the end of the line at the Museum of Modern Art, near the Villa Bourghese. Then we got back on the #3 bus, took it for a few stops, and got off and wandered through some of the residential areas, including the Hungarian district. This part of Rome has a lot of trees and greenery that you don’t see in the historic district. Afterwards, we got back on the #3 bus and took it all the way through Rome to Trastevere."

2. "Then we continued up to the Piazza della Santa Maria (in Trastevere) and visited the church. Outside in the square some people on the fountain were yelling at some other people (homeless?) in a doorway, and at one point they got into a slapping duel. After that, we walked some more and found a playground with kids and parents, mostly moms (or, perhaps, nannies). The playground was concrete, but kids were careful and played well. At one point, a little boy lay down on his back in the playground and said, “Stanco” (I’m tired). The mom went over and talked to him for a minute, and then he got back up and started running around again."
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Nov 22nd, 2013, 03:51 PM
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lukehead, the church with the zodiac on the floor is Santa Maria degli Angeli. I believe it is located in the Baths of Diocletian. There is a McDonalds nearby.

There's lots of interesting things to do in Rome. I've been 3 times and pretty much no longer go to the "usual" spots unless the person I went with has never been. Even so, last time I skippped the Vatican and a couple of other places because I wanted to see something else less known.

I don't remember where it was but I got to watch, for free, restoration work on a painting. The restorer only spoke Italian but I understood most of it. I think I had just googled "free events in Rome" or something along those lines.

I also advocate for picking an artist and doing a walking/public transportation combination to find all the works by that artist.
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Nov 23rd, 2013, 02:42 AM
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I love the suggestions for finding works by a chosen artist. You could also select a street artist like Alice Pasquini, which would definitely take you to locations outside of the norm

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Nov 23rd, 2013, 08:03 AM
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bookmarking, great thread. another vote for Domus Romane.

ANYONE know of any boat ride down the Tiber, or a great walk to recommend along it?
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Nov 23rd, 2013, 11:35 AM
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We enjoyed going up to the Gianicolo (Janiculum) and Pincio gardens (above the Piazza del Popolo)for the great views of the city.

If you go to the top of the Gianicolo it is a pleasant walk downhill into Trastevere. Part way down you will reach Bramante's Tempietto in the cloister of San Pietro in Montorio. In Trastevere you can visit Santa Maria in T and the piazza around it, then cross over the Isola Tiberina into the Jewish Ghetto neighborhood.

The Appian Way is another interesting area to explore. We took the hop on/hop off archeo bus tour. It goes out of the central city to the catacombs, the Appian Way and major aqueducts on Viale appio Claudio and was a convenient way to see these sites. I have heard it can get very crowded in the summer

There are several older threads about churches to visit.
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Dec 3rd, 2013, 06:01 AM
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I just happened to stumble across this while looking for info on a fountain I had photographed last week:


I think making a list of notable fountains would be a good treasure hunt in Rome.
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