Offbeat Activities in Rome

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  • 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.

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    Capuchin Crypt

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    via Vittorio Veneto 27

    Crypt of the Capuchin Monks... read more

    Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

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    Piazza Santa Cecilia 2

    Medieval church... read more

    Museo delle Mura

    via di Porta San Sebastiano 18

    A walk on the walls... read more

    Pyramid of Caius Cestius

    MACRO (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma)

    Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4

    Montemartini Museum (Museo Centrale Di Montemartini)

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    Via Ostiense 106
    Centrale Montemartini

    Part traditional-part industrial archaeology...
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    Museo Napoleonico

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    piazza di Ponte Umberto I 1
    Palazzo Primoli

    A tribute to the Emperor... read more

    Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari

    piazza Scanderbeg 117

    Luncheon is served... read more

    Porta Maggiore

    piazza di Porta Maggiore 1

    Square by One of the Gates of Aurelian's Rome...
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    Protestant Cemetery (Cimitero Protestante)

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    Via Caio Cestio 6

    Garden of eternal peace... read more
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