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Hidden Gems: The Best Spots in Rome

Updated: Jun 4

First up on our 'Hidden Gems' series: Rome, the Eternal City, is a tapestry of history, art, and vibrant urban life. While the Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Trevi Fountain are must-see landmarks that attract millions of visitors, Rome harbors countless hidden gems that offer a glimpse into its soul away from the crowds. Here are some of the best spots in Rome that remain under the radar, promising an authentic and unforgettable experience.


Quartiere Coppedè

Tucked away in the Trieste neighborhood, Quartiere Coppedè is an architectural wonderland. This fairy-tale enclave, designed by architect Gino Coppedè, blends Art Nouveau, medieval, Baroque, and ancient Greek influences. Its whimsical buildings, ornate fountains, and intricate decorations make it a magical place to wander.

The Keyhole on Aventine Hill

For a unique view of St. Peter’s Basilica, head to the Aventine Hill and look through the keyhole of the Villa del Priorato di Malta. This perfectly aligned view through the garden, across the city, and onto the dome of the basilica is a secret vista that even many locals don't know about.

The Protestant Cemetery

Also known as the Non-Catholic Cemetery, this serene spot is the final resting place of poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The cemetery, filled with ancient cypress trees and beautiful sculptures, offers a peaceful retreat from the city's bustle.

Centrale Montemartini

Rome is synonymous with ancient ruins and Renaissance art, but the Centrale Montemartini offers something different. This former power plant houses part of the Capitoline Museums’ collection of classical art. The juxtaposition of industrial machinery and ancient sculptures creates a fascinating and surreal experience.

Via Appia Antica

Escape the city's chaos with a stroll along Via Appia Antica, one of the oldest roads in Rome. Lined with crumbling ruins, catacombs, and surrounded by lush greenery, it feels like stepping back in time. Rent a bike for a leisurely ride through history.

The Orange Garden (Giardino degli Aranci)

This beautiful garden on Aventine Hill is known for its stunning views of the city and, of course, its orange trees. It’s a romantic spot, especially at sunset, offering a picturesque panorama of Rome.

Santa Prassede

While most visitors flock to the more famous basilicas, Santa Prassede is a hidden treasure. This 9th-century church houses some of the most spectacular Byzantine mosaics in Rome, rivaling those of Ravenna for their beauty and craftsmanship. We recommend this private tour to truly experience some of Rome's most beautiful churches.

The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità)

While not entirely unknown, the Mouth of Truth holds a charm that transcends its popularity. Located in the portico of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, this ancient marble mask draws visitors who dare to test the legend by placing a hand in its mouth.

Palazzo Spada

The Palazzo Spada will enchant you with its art collection and the clever optical illusion created by Borromini in its courtyard. The gallery creates the illusion of a 37-meter-long corridor, but in reality, it’s only 8 meters long, thanks to a rising floor and descending ceiling. We highly recommend this private tour to truly immerse yourself into the art of the baroque era.

The Janiculum Hill

For breathtaking views of the Eternal City, make your way to the Janiculum Hill. It's not only a favorite spot among locals for leisurely walks but also offers panoramic views that capture the essence of Rome’s beauty.

The Best Spots in Rome

Exploring these hidden gems allows travelers to experience Rome’s lesser-known facets, offering a deeper connection to the city's history and culture. Each secret spot unveils a narrative that enriches the tapestry of Rome, inviting you to look beyond the obvious and discover the city's true spirit.

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