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Is a holiday to Rome on your bucket list? This ancient city is certainly a popular destination, thanks to its incredible historical landmarks and sightseeing opportunities. Plus, there’s a wealth of things to see here, from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain.
If you’re looking for places which are less frequented and out-of-the-ordinary, yet just as spectacular, then keep on reading. We’ve rounded up five hidden gems of the Eternal City that you may not have heard of.
To start, we’ve selected a spot that some visitors might know already, especially if they’re a fan of a certain old movie. This beautiful and narrow street starred in the 1953 film: Roman Holiday. Stroll past vine-covered houses and re-enact your finest Audrey Hepburn or Gregory Peck moment.
Next up is Aventine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. As well as being quieter than Palatine Hill, this location offers stunning panoramic views of the Tiber River and the surrounding area.
The best part about venturing here? Waiting in the gardens of the Villa del Priorato di Malta, where the hedges present a framed view of St. Peter’s Basilica. If they’re not open, don’t worry; you can peek through the keyhole, which lines up perfectly. On top of that, you can wander along the lush orange garden.
This public park sits by the Appian Way and is approximately 9km from the centre. It actually gets its name from the expanse of huge Roman aqueducts that run through it. This is a great place to go when you feel like escaping the busy crowds, while the immense aqueducts are truly something to behold.
These ruins are just a seven-minute walk from the Pantheon and are known to be the site of Julius Caesar’s death. What some might fail to see (unless they stop there), is that it's home to over 100 cats. That’s right, there’s a cat sanctuary located in the middle of Rome! After excavations ended, the stray cats settled here and a shelter was set up nearby to care for them.
Last but not least is the charming Quartiere Coppedè. This local district is full of delightful architecture that is unique to this neighbourhood. Spend a slow afternoon meandering past squares, under archways and admiring sites, such as the intriguingly-named Fountain of the Frogs.
We hope that you’ll get to know all of the different sides of Rome on your next getaway. Find affordable packages to Italy, or visit our blog to uncover more insights into the top holiday destinations.