Off The Tourist Track In Rome

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Great places to see that are away from the typical tourist trails in Rome Italy.

Off The Beaten Track In Rome

Being a tourist in Rome, a city packed with history, full of museums, excavations, shopping, organized tours and recommended itineraries can produce a horrible sensory overload - especially if you have to fight your way through all the other sight-seers bent on visiting the same places. But visiting Rome does not have to be like that at all! In a city like Rome you can still find marvelous things hidden away, visited only by the locals or the learned, and a handful of enterprising tourists. Get information about the buses or trams to take at the Tourist Information office on the central railway station, Roma Termini, and start exploring!

Would you like to walk along an ancient Roman road in green surroundings, following in the steps of countless Roman merchants, soldiers and peasants, stopping at the ruins of tombs from two thousand years ago? Perhaps a walk in an atmosphere of quiet gentility and country villas among fruit orchards would be just the thing for you “it would make you feel like a traveler making the Grand Tour of the early 19th century at a leisurely pace. In that case you should take a bus out to the tomb of the noblewoman Caecilia Metella, dead in 69 BC. The tomb is a magnificent round building on a quadrangular base, but what really is so great about it, is its location as the starting point for a preserved stretch of the ancient Via Appia. This was the road that connected Rome to the south of Italy in Ceasar's day. Walk on the grey paving stones between lush green meadows and fields and you can almost hear the Roman soldiers tramping along to keep order in the empire! You will pass the country houses of aristocratic (or merely rich) present-day Roman families, tucked in behind walls and hedges, secluded from the general bustle of the metropolis in this reserve and you will see the red brick structures of much more modest ancient tombs than Cecilia’s " with some charming portraits still preserved. If you want to, you can visit the catacombs of San Sebastiano and feel the chill of the underworld, but maybe a salad and local beer in a nice outdoors café© is a better idea?

If you prefer to visit new and exciting, prize-winning architecture and at the same time get a feel for the multicultural Rome of today, you can do the unexpected and visit Rome's mosque and large Islamic culture center. Sit on the carpeted floor and marvel at the play of light and shadows above you, admire the enormous candelabra. And stop to take some mint tea and Arabic sweets from the stand outside, before you stroll around to see the exterior of Europe's largest mosque. Guaranteed no throngs of tourists, but ladies should remember to bring a headscarf!

In the city center itself you can look for the nicest museum there is, the Crypta Balbi on
Via delle Botteghe Oscure. Here you walk down through the centuries, past ancient city streets and shops and climb up again through late antiquity and the middle ages. The perfect place if you would like to understand the evolution of a city block from ancient times and up to today! The remains make more sense if you visit the exhibition first, where there are reconstructive drawings showing this area of the city in different times.

And on a quiet Sunday, do in Rome as the Romans do, and spend the day in the park of the Villa Borghese. Rent a bike, row a small boat on the tiny lake or buy a coffee from a stand and lie on the grass with a good book!

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author avatar christopheranton
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

Truly a beautiful city, and a brilliant place to visit.

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author avatar simplyoj
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

I hope to see this wonderful place.

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author avatar joeldgreat
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

Rome is a beautiful city full of history. Hope to visit there someday. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

I would love to visit and photograph Rome. My wife wants to visit Vatican City. Maybe for her next birthday we'll do it as an early birthday present.

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author avatar Rose*
8th Dec 2013 (#)

It's amazing that you can see traces of the old Roman empire (eg tombs) right next to stuff from other eras and the modern day. Rome has to be the greatest city on earth.

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