Discover the other side of Rome

Geplaatst op 07-07-2022

Are you going on a city trip to Rome in Italy soon and do you not want to visit the standard sights and highlights that everyone visits en masse? Then consider the following five Rome tips, which will show you a completely different side of Rome.

Visit Domus Aurea instead of the Colosseum

Save long queues and avoid crowds by avoiding entering the Colosseum. The absolute top attraction of Rome Italy is just as impressive on the outside as it is on the inside, so a stroll around Rome's Colosseum should be enough. However, under the hill opposite the Colosseum is also the area of ​​Domus Aurea. These underground excavations are originally the golden palace of the Roman Emperor Nero. You can book a tour of Domus Aurea where a guide takes you along the archaeological sites. During the tour you even get a virtual reality tour where old times come back to life.

Visit Ostia Antica instead of the Roman Forum

Another standard attraction is the Roman Forum located by the Colosseum. If you don't feel like walking among the many tourists, but want to relive the feeling of ancient Rome, you can also take the train for half an hour to Ostia Antica. This place was the old port of Rome and was located directly on the sea. This port has completely fallen into disrepair and has now been largely excavated. In Ostia Antica you can walk through many hectares of excavations and admire the ancient Roman dwellings, temples, amphitheatres and much more. And with hardly any tourists around, this is one of the surprising Rome sights

Castel Gandolfo instead of the Vatican

Have you ever been to the Vatican? Or do you not feel like the long queues at St. Peter's Basilica or the Vatican Museum with the Sistine Chapel? Recently it is now also possible to visit Castel Gandolfo. This is the Pope's summer palace and is just 15 miles from Rome by train. Because the current Pope Francis himself does not want to use this summer palace, he has decided to open this summer palace to the public. As long as this Pope is still in power, this is a unique opportunity to visit this Vatican palace. His successor may simply decide otherwise. The summer palace is located on a beautiful crater lake with beautiful views and in the small town of Castel Gandolfo.

Galleria Colonna instead of Galleria Borghese

One of the most famous museums next to the Vatican is the Galleria Borghese. This museum is located in Rome's Villa Borghese city park. The museum consists of beautiful old paintings and sculptures. However, on Saturday morning you can also visit another beautiful museum/palace, namely that of Galleria Colonna. This city palace is located in the center of Rome and displays an enormous private collection of the Colonna family. A beautiful and small-scale museum, which will be sold out less quickly than the popular Galleria Borghese.

Walk from Trastevere to the Vatican

The popular Trastevere district will certainly not be missed during your city trip to Rome. In the evening this is the bustling area for eating out or having a drink. From Trastevere you can also take a walk with beautiful views towards the Vaticaan. You walk from the neighborhood up the hill towards the fountain Fontana dell'Acqua Paola and then on towards the equestrian statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi. From this monument you have a magnificent view over the city of Rome. Then descend the hill again towards the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. A nice walk to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or to recover from a meal in lively Trastevere.