If one word was to describe Rome, 'off-beat' would be best. The city does have its picture-perfect must-sees, but Rome's ever-present oddities like a room decorated in monks' bones or beer house for a Templar knight make the city more than just a postcard, and your trip unforgettable. While many of our top ten are actually within Rome's ancient walls- the creepy Cappuchin Cript ranking #1-- four of top ten are actually part of the walls. The Museum of the Walls, obviously, for its little known Fascist-era bedroom, the Pyramid of Cestius because it's a pyramid, duh, growing in its shadow is the Protestant Cemetery where Keats is buried, though you won't find his name, and finally the odd and ancient water works at Porta Maggiore. Inside the walls-- Museo Napoleonico for its off beat collection of Napoleon family knicknacks, the Pasta Museum for taking us on a chronological tour of the history of everyone's favorite meal, Santa Cecilia's underground tomb, the MACRO's very avant garde art shows and finally outside the wall is the beautiful Centrale Montemartini where ancient history mixes with early 20th century steam engines.
via di Porta San Sebastiano 18
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4
Via Ostiense 106
Part traditional-part industrial archaeology...
piazza di Ponte Umberto I 1
piazza di Porta Maggiore 1
Square by One of the Gates of Aurelian's Rome...