Off the Beaten Path Rome



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In an ancient city like Rome, there are monuments, ruins, and history everywhere, and you can see some of the best sights without encountering many other travellers. You just have to know where to look.

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Day 1 - Rome


Set out on a walk after you get settled in around the Villa Doria Pamphili, Rome's largest landscaped public park and a perfect place to get acquainted with the feel of this historic city as you stroll between the sculptures, villas and gardens. This is also a good place for bird- and people-watching. If you walk a bit north, you'll run into the Orto Botanico, another remarkable garden that fills several greenhouses and roams over several hills. When you get a bit hungry, stop into Romolo nel Giardino della Fornarina for lunch, a small restaurant with a sweet little patio along the backstreets along the Tiber, right near the Orto Botanico. Then spend the afternoon walking around southern downtown Rome, where there are lots of hidden landmarks you wouldn't see on the main tourist circuit. Particularly interesting is the Statua di Pasquino, thousands of years old and used as a mechanism of anonymous criticism of government. Also worth a visit is La Rupe Tarpea, where traitors and others sentenced to death met their end, and many of the area's churches, such as the Santa Maria della Pace, the San Luigi dei Francesi, and the Santa Maria del Pianto, all of which feature remarkable frescoes and other art. For dinner, try one of Rome's best kept secrets, Vecchia Roma. They pull off both creative innovation and the most classic of Italian dishes with flair and hearty goodness. The Hotel Napoleon is perfectly located downtown within short walking distance of the Metro and lots to see and do, but feels like a quiet home away from home, with truly wonderful service that is unpretentious, helpful, and kind. There's also a huge, fresh breakfast spread, complete with some espresso any Roman would love.


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Villa Doria Pamphil

Location:

Via di San Pancrazio
00152 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 3937 6616 (municipicio Roma)
fax: +39 6 3938 0994
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Orto Botanico

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Location:

Largo Cristina di Svezia 24
00165 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 (0)6 686 4193 / +39 (0)6 830 0937
fax: +39 (0)6 6832 3000
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Romolo nel Giardino della Fornarina

Location:

via di Porta Settimiana 8
00153 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 581 8284


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Statua di Pasquino

Location:

via di Pasquino
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 48 8991
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Santa Maria della Pace

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Location:

Vicolo del Arco della Pace 5
Off Piazza Navona
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 686 1156
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San Luigi dei Francesi

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Location:

Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco 5
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 68 8271


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Rupe Tarpea (La)

Location:

piazza della Consolazione
00186 Rome, Italy


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Santa Maria del Pianto

Location:

via Santa Maria dei Calderari 20
00186 Rome, Italy


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Piazza Margana

Location:

piazza Margana
00186 Rome, Italy


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Vecchia Roma

Location:

Via della Tribuna di Campitelli 18
Near Campo De' Fiori & the Jewish Ghetto
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: 06-6864604


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Napoleon

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Location:

105 Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
00185 Rome, IT

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tel: 39 6 446 7264
fax: 39 6 446 7282
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Day 2 - Rome


It's so worth it to take a tour out across the countryside with a knowledgeable guide to provide a little food history, but you could accomplish the same task with a rental car and a good guide book. It would be criminal to come to this part of Italy, though, and not dig into the delicious wines, meats, and cheeses that are made here. The countryside is just picturesque, too, so make sure to take a walk through the hills or through one of the small villages along the way. Bring back some snacks for a sunset picnic in one of the small Roman parks around the hotel, and then set out on the Rome by Night tour, where you can visit some of Rome's more touristy locations but avoid some of the crowds by exploring after dark. You'll also get to see some of Rome's less-frequented spots such as the Jewish Quarter, in addition to the main attractions like St. Peter's Basilica and the Trevi Fountain.


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Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome

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Rome, Italy

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Rome by Night Tour

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Rome, Italy

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Day 3 - Rome


There are of course several world-famous museums in Rome, but there are also a number of lesser-known museums that focus on some of Rome's most interesting historical periods, such as the Museo dell'Alto Medioevo, or Museum of the Middle Ages. There are also a number of hidden foodie spots that are worth a visit, and the Abbazia delleTre Fontane is one of the best, a little church with some incredible chocolates. Don't fill up too much, though, as you'll need room for a quick lunch at Tre Fratelli, famed for its flavorful kebabs, before heading off for a walk around La Caffarella. In the afternoon, experience some of Rome's least seen historical locations, the La Caffarella park and Fosse Ardeatine. La Caffarella is a huge park between two ancient roads, and has structures dating back to several hundred years BCE. Some of the rural agricultural way of life still goes on here, too. Nearby is the Fosse Ardeatine, a testament to an act of Nazi cruelty that occurred here. Although haunting, this has been turned into a serene monument that is one of Italy's most powerful war memorials, and sheds some light on an important part of Rome's past. Lighten up after over dinner at Scoglio di Friso, a highly entertaining place to enjoy great authentic Neopolitan seafood and other dishes with some boisterous live Neopolitan music as accompaniment. In the same family for several generations, this is one of the best places for a fun night full of great food.


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Museo dell'Alto Medioevo

Location:

viale Lincoln 3
00144 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 5422 8199


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Abbazia delleTre Fontane

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Location:

via di Acque Salvie 1
00142 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 540 1655
fax: +39 6 541 3395


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Tre Fratelli (I)

Location:

piazza Giovanni da Triora 2
00154 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 511 0604


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La Caffarella

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Location:

Via Latina
179 Rome, Italy

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Fosse Ardeatine

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Location:

via Ardeatina 174
00178 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 513 6742
fax: +39 6 678 3114


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Scoglio di Frisio

Location:

Via Merulana 256
00185 Rome, Italy

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tel: 06-4872765


Day 4 - Rome


Only open in the morning, another of Rome's smaller but fascinating museum is the Museo Astronomico Copernicano, created and opened in honor of Copernicus and his discoveries, and which features a first edition of his masterpiece as well as some history on the controversies surrounding his discoveries and other information about astronomy and navigation through the ages. Just a block away from the museum is a lunch place with the best view in the city, Lo Zodiaco. Bring a couple extra coins to look through the binoculars to get a good look around, and relax on the patio with a sandwich for a bit before setting off to the Parco di Bomarzo. Rent a car and drive a bit north of Rome to the town of Bomarzo, where there is a beautiful castle surrounded by a huge mysterious garden full of fantastical creatures and monsters carved in stone. Also near here is the course of the Via Salaria, one of the many ancient salt roads that used to criss-cross the Italian peninsula that were utilized during the time of the salt trade for transportation. Some of the oldest structures in the area can be seen here. Right along the salt road is the restaurant Pizza, Vino, & Cucina da Maciste, which has great pizzas and croquettes, and doesn't get too busy until later at night.


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Museo Astronomico Copernicano

Location:

viale del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 3534 7056 / +39 6 3553 3290


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Zodiaco (Lo)

Location:

88/90/92 Viale del Parco Mellini
00136 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 3549 6744
fax: +39 (0)6 3549 6743
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Via Salaria

Location:

via Salaria
00198 Rome, Italy


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Pizza, Vino & Cucina da Maciste

Location:

179a Via Salaria
00198 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 884 8267


Day 5 - Rome, Roma


Hop back on the metro to go southeast of downtown, where there are some more ancient ruins rarely visited by tourists. The Porta San Sebastiano is such a place, a gate built as part of one of the Aurelian walls. Since, it has been the sight of several significant battles, and there is now a small museum on the site that offers some insight into the gate's history. A bit north is another historical site, the Basilica de Santo Stefano Rotondo al Celio, a church built on an ancient Roman barracks. There are current renovations going on to restore the incredible original structure, as well as excavations to uncover the structures underneath. Nearby is the Arco di Dolabella, another monument to Rome's ancient walls, built as a gate and to support an aqueduct. If you walk through the arch, it will lead you to Clivus Scauri, a small passageway covered with arches. Continue your walk north to Il Ninfeo degli Annibaldi, a hidden wonderland dedicated to mythical creatures. Don't forget to set up an appointment ahead of time if you're interested in stopping in here for a visit. For a midday break, La Carbonara is one of the old classic restaurants in downtown Rome and is the perfect place to sit back for a relaxing lunch on the patio overlooking the piazza and enjoy the restaurant's namesake dish, much better than any you've had outside of Italy. After lunch, explore some of the landmarks around the Villa Borghese's gardens, such as the Santa Maria del Popolo, which has one of the most impressive art collections of any of Rome's churches. Although not as well-known as some of the museums with older works, the Galleria Nazionale dell'Arte Moderna has quite an impressive collection as well. Pop in for an hour or two, and then stroll over to one of Rome's most unusual sights, the Capuchin Crypt. The resting place of several thousand friars, this is a truly unique experience that few tourists get to have. Definitely make reservations ahead of time for dinner at Al 59 Da Giuseppe, one of the most popular restaurants with Romans. The freshly made home-style pasta dishes are some of the best you'll ever eat.


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Porta San Sebastiano

Location:

via di Porta San Sebastiano
00179 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 488 991
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (tourist information)


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Santo Stefano Rotondo al Celio

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Location:

Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo, 7
St Stephen's Rotunda
00184 Roma, Italy

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tel: +39 6 481 9333 / +39 67049 3717


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Arco di Dolabella

Location:

via Claudia
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)


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Ninfeo degli Annibaldi (Il)

Location:

via degli Annibaldi
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 6710 3819


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La Carbonara

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Location:

214 Via Panisperna
00184 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 482 5176
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Santa Maria del Popolo

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Location:

via del Popolo 12
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)


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National Gallery of Modern Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna)

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Location:

Viale delle Belle Arti 131
00196 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 32 2981
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Capuchin Crypt

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Location:

via Vittorio Veneto 27
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Al 59 Da Giuseppe

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Location:

via Angelo Brunetti 59
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 321 9019


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