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Looking for offbeat and often missed great places and experiences?

During late March, mom & two adult daughters will be in the city for two weeks.  We love to walk, but also like tips for handling bus routes and tickets and advice for cabs.

Looking for places to experience but not restaurants unless they're amazing or have a great view like Raphael's rooftop.  Not major tourist attractions - although they're all amazing.... not Pantheon, not Vatican City, not Colosseum and not the main piazzas, i.e. Navona, diFiori, Spagna, Trevi, Ghetto, Trastevere.  We'll go to those, but also looking for out of the way places you thought were really special.

What little surprises did you come across and love? Things that a native might know about, but not advertised as a tourist attraction?

We'll go by train for a couple day trips, wondering what towns you visited by train- and loved - close to Rome.  Florence is a great train trip, but a very long day.  Wishing to do something different, even very small towns or winery.  

Thanks for any ideas-  we're excited about this one and only trip together and I'd like to suggest wonderful places to my travelling partners!

7 Answers

top answer by
Ty from Milwaukee

If you're into literature, you'll love the The Keats - Shelley House that pays tribute to the poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Keats actually died in the house--it's an interesting place.

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Brett from Eindhoven

Second Ben Lee's answer on Piazza Garibaldi, it's a little bit off the beaten path, and a great walking detour (up a hill) between the Vatican City and Trastevere.  Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura is also a bit further outside the main tourist center of Rome, and is worth a visit.  For a day trip, you can head over to Civitavecchia, which is the cruise port of Rome, where there's a nice seaside promenade and some decent restaurants.

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Katica from Dubrovnik

I suggest to go for a stroll and nice views to Pinciojust above Piazza del Popolo.

Jewish quarter is interesting as well, but Florence is a must visit because of art and architecture. Trains are running regularly from Termini station. As far as I remember it takes aproximately two hours.

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Michael from San Leandro

My wife and I attended a concert of opera arias St. Paul's Within The WallsSt Paul within the Walls. It was very nice and a small treat. We also enjoyed the capuchin monk ossuary Cripta Capuccini. Very creepy and cool.

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Ben from London

Walk up Piazza Garibaldi for great views & the midday cannon!

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Samia from Bangladesh

Go to the Barberini Bones church! Very interesting! 

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Francesco from Francavilla Fontana

Some nice place that you can look are:

Villa Doria Pamphilj,  Chiesa di San Pietro in Montorio, Coppedè. I suggest also to rent a bike and to ride along the Tiber River or ride along the Appian Line :-)

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