Do you want to discover unknown but extraordinary places to visit in Rome? Here you will not find the usual monuments and places discounted for tourists, but a careful and fun selection of the most unusual to see in Rome at least once in life.
1. COVERED DISTRICT
The Coppedè District was named after the architect who designed and built it in the first twenty years of the ‘900, Gino Coppedè. It is “a district inside the district” Trieste, far from the historic center: over 30 structures between buildings and buildings that wind around Piazza Mincio, between Via Tagliamento and Piazza Buenos Aires. Considered a secret area also to many Romans, entering Coppedè you will be kidnapped by the thousand details and bizarre architectures that characterize it, such as the wrought iron chandelier that descends from the arch of the Palazzo degli Ambasciatori, faithful reproduction of a scenography of the Cabiria film of 1914. Medieval elements, liberty, baroque but also inspired by Ancient Greece form one of the most original and mysterious areas of Rome: unmissable!
2. CASINO DELLE CIVETTE
Located inside the ancient Villa Torlonia, the Casina delle Civette is a little gem on the busy Via Nomentana. The Casina delle Civette was built in 1840 by Giuseppe Japelli for Prince Alessandro Torlonia and was inhabited until 1938 by his nephew Alessandro Torlonia Jr .. If from the outside it may seem like a Swiss Capanna or as it was called “Medieval Village”, the continuous renovations interiors have transformed it into a spectacular destination for lovers of Art Nouveau style, with large windows, turrets, loggias, extraordinary majolica tiles but especially stained glass with owls, swans, peacocks, swallows and roses. Fortunately, the City of Rome over the years has managed to restructure the whole Villa Torlonia after the destruction and abandonment following the occupation of the Anglo-American troops, so you have no more excuses for not knowing this hidden wonder of Rome that will make you feel like children entering an enchanted place.
4. THE GHETTO OF ROME
Although positioned among the most famous tourist destinations of Rome, the Jewish Ghetto remains a place still off the map. Yet it is one of the few remaining districts in the Eternal City where you can find the old city, away from traffic, noise and horrible modern buildings. Between the visit to the Synagogue and a walk to the Portico D’Ottavia let yourself be tempted by the many kosher restaurants and cafes that characterize one of the oldest ghettos in the world, where you will find the best Roman-Jewish cuisine. Located near the Ghetto, in the Sant’Angelo district, you can not miss the Fontana delle Tartarughe in Piazza Mattei, which also served as a backdrop to the famous scene of the killing of the Freddo in the TV series Romanzo Criminale.
5. PERSPECTIVE GAMES WITH THE CUPOLONE
And we always end up talking about the “dome”, undeniable symbol of the capital. There is a road to Rome that is considered almost magical due to an optical effect that always leaves everyone speechless: we are talking about Via Piccolomini, a street behind the Ancient Aurelia. If the beauty of this road does not reside only in the sight of St. Peter’s Basilica, an amusing game of perspective is thought to make it special. Coming from the bottom of the road you can see the magnificent view of the Dome … That will shrink as you go to meet him! Yes, you understood correctly: the farther you are, the closer the dome will look, the closer you get to it, the smaller it will be. An unusual optical illusion created by the layout of the buildings on the road but that make absolutely spectacular and an inevitable destination if you are tired of the classic tour of monuments: you will certainly not be disappointed.
6. WATCH OF PINCIO WATCH
Surely everyone knows the terrace of the Pincio overlooking Piazza del Popolo and that behind the immense green lung of the city, Villa Borghese, but perhaps you do not know that just a stone’s throw from there is a clock … Powered by water ! The strange device protected in a cast iron and wood tower is located in the middle of a very picturesque fountain and is operated by the force of the Acqua Marcia that flows from a spring under the villa. The clock marks the hour since 1873 and is one of the most popular destinations for children because it inspires fantastic stories and fairytale characters.
7. RIONE MONTI
One of the most picturesque places in Rome is undoubtedly the Rione Monti, between the Fori Imperiali and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Nineteenth-century buildings covered with ivy and a continuous flourishing of wine bars, galleries and clubs, have transformed this quiet neighborhood into one of the most popular destinations for expats who want to experience the real Rome, as in the films of the past (immortalized) also recently by Woody Allen), but without making it a second Trastevere (almost uninhabitable and extremely touristy). A walk in this district, between a café in Piazza della Madonna dei Monti and a look at the shops of Via dei Serpenti, will make you rediscover the beauty of enjoying a day leaving the clock at home.
8. THE NEO-GOTHIC IN ROME
The only neo-Gothic church in Rome is definitely worth a visit. It is the Church of the Sacred Heart of Suffrage, unmistakable architecture on Lungotevere Prati, white candid and high spiers … It is practically the Cathedral of Milan in miniature! The particularity of the church is also in the museum adjacent to the sacristy that collects documents and testimonies that would prove the existence of Purgatory: interesting, not found?
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