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Hidden gems attractions and restaurants in Rome

My wife and I will have 5 days to explore Rome on our own.  Besides the major attractions, we'd love to visit some off-the-beaten-path/hidden gem attractions and restaurants as well.  Anyone have any favorites?

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top answer by
Victoria from Riga

Here are my personal secret gems that I found in Rome this year:

1. Little cafe Cristalli Di Zucchero - just off the tourist path when you are visiting Colosseum, right next to Circus Maximus. They have no tables, you either take away or eat standing like locals do. They make amazing home-made gelato during spring/summer season. And their sweets and little snacks are amazing. I hightly recommend taking a glass of Prosecco with one of those freshly made things they made that day.

2. For the best carpaccio go to Il Belli (via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli 33/35). It is across the river.

3. Obviously most famous gelato place is GIOLITTI (via Uffici del Vicario 40). Not really a gem but with their hundreds of different flavors it is like new for me every time).

PS And yes, agree with previous comments, Florence is amazing.

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maretta from Washington, DC

We did a few day trips through companies like expedia/priceline we found the best were offered by the tour company Dark Rome. The ones that we found to be the most rewarding were Florence and  Tuscany  (we went wine tasting and visited a few of the old hill side towns) I can look up the info if your interested. We also ate at some great places, our hotel had a great restaraunt that had a view of the Vatican which was beautiful at night - Artemide Hotel . ( Another place we went to was recommended to us by our native tour guide called Ristorante Tullio, the food was fabulous and it was def. an authentic italian place frequented by locals. 

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answered by
Athena from New York City, NY

Try Filetti di Baccalà around Centro Storico. It is a small fried fish fillet joint that has been there for ages. You see a lot of locals lined up just to buy the freshly fried fish!

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answered by
Inez from Rome

If you are looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences and hidden gem attractions in Rome, you should check out my startup BonAppetour (

It is an online platform where you could have "dine-with-locals" experiences. We have some of the most talented local hosts who are ready to invite you to their homes, for an amazing dining experience that will let you feel the true Italian hospitality.

Other than dining at local's homes, there are also some unique dining experiences- such as a scrumptious exquisite Italian feast on the rooftop where you could enjoy the beauty of the Roman skyline as the sun sets, to lunch on a boat as you sail on the Tiber River, or even a cooking class with one of our local hosts to truly master the art of Italian culinary.

This is definitely something not to be missed out if you are looking to have a memorable trip in Rome together with your wife!

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Spend one day in Rome seeing everything you really want to see.  Then go spend the other four days in Florence.  They say 80% of the world's art is in Italy, and 60% of that art is in Florence.  So much to see and do there.  

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answered by
maretta from Washington, DC

Hi Keith, Through Expedia we took these day trip: Skip the Line: Best of Florence in 1 Day from Rome Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Rome and we did the Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour. Through Priceline we took this tour: Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome. These are the ones that I think you will really enjoy. The thing I liked best about these is we left from the Piazza del Popolo and took a bus so no driving! They also return you to the Piazza San Pietro which is near the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps

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answered by
Andrew from Downtown Los Angeles

Felice a Testaccio ( in the Piramide area of Rome. Odd pyramid sight to behold in Rome

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