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What to do in Rome if you aren't into museums and tourist traps?

We are in our 50's on our honeymoon and have 2 days in Rome before we head home. Love food, shopping, wandering around looking at sights taking pictures. Not big on tours and not into going to lots of museums. Don't mind the odd famous attraction but we prefer to just experience and enjoy the city. What would you recommend?

6 Answers

answered by
Krista from San Francisco

Hi Linda,

There's a ton to do outside of museums and the center. I recommend making the most of the public parks (Villa Doria Pamphilj and Villa Sciarra are my favorites) and walking around Trastevere and Gianicolense. Additionally, just walking along The Tiber is an ideal way to experience the city.

Though full of tourists, Piazza NavonaSt. Peter's Basilica and Castel Sant'Angelo are worth seeing. And of course, walking near Piazza Venezia, Capitoline Hill and the Colosseo provides photo-worthy sights.

I wrote a bit more about my favorite things here if you need extra suggestions. Happy honeymoon! :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Villa Doria Pamphilj (attraction)
  2. Villa Sciarra (attraction)
  3. Trastevere (neighborhood)
  4. Gianicolense (attraction)
  5. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  6. St. Peter's Basilica (attraction)
  7. Castel Sant'Angelo (attraction)
  8. Piazza Venezia (city)
  9. Capitoline Hill (attraction)
  10. Colosseo (attraction)
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answered by
Kelly from Rome

Some other nice non-touristy things to do are go and visit a local market, like the  Testaccio Food Market or in a completely different part of town not far from the Vatican is another wonderful one, the Mercato Trionfale- these are just 2 that are both local neighborhood markets of very good quality where you can shop but also eat and taste loads of good stuff and learn more about local food.

Also, try having dinner at a Roman's house through BonAppetour. This is a way to get to know local Romans, eat real homecooked meals and learn something about a neighborhood that you  may not otherwise visit as a tourist. 

These are just a few suggestions, but since you only have a short amount of time, I'm sure you'll fill your time quickly.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Testaccio Food Market (attraction)
  2. Mercato Trionfale (restaurant)
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answered by
Amy from Cambridge, Massachusetts

Rome is a great place to wander, just wander.  Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza San Pietro, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps- all outdoor areas to just wander past and enjoy.  Walk up to Monument to Garibaldi on Montevideo and enjoy the view.  Every church in Rome has great art work, all to be enjoyed for free.  You don't have to be religious to appreciate it.  Just wander into churches anywhere and admire the grandeur - or think about how the riches of the Catholic church shaped Western civilization in so many ways, good and bad.  You can see the Roman Forum from outside, you don't have to go in. Have a gelato at every shop, an espresso or two, and great meals at lunch and dinner.  You can do all this on your own with a good map and you won't ever step inside a museum. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pantheon (attraction)
  2. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  3. Piazza San Pietro (attraction)
  4. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  5. Spanish Steps (attraction)
  6. Roman Forum (attraction)
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answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Rome is such a beautiful city and many of the wonderful sights and sculpture are right there, around every corner! If you hate crowded touristy places here's my suggestion. Get up just before sunrise and wander the streets. See the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona with the golden glow of sunrise and before everybody else is up. Go to Trastevere in the evening for appetitivi and dinner and see a little of the real Rome.Have a wonderful honeymoon!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rome (city)
  2. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  3. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  4. Trastevere (neighborhood)
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answered by
Laurel from Calgary

Have you considered a private food tour? There are lots of options but we went with Elizabeth Minchilli's tour in the Piazza di Villa Fiorelli and Ghetto neighbourhoods--a tasty, revealing, fun exploration of not just food but also life in Rome (

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  1. Piazza di Villa Fiorelli (attraction)

answered by
Nars from Boston

Tough to avoid tourists in Rome but you can try these places:



Trevi Fountain 

Villa Borghese

Piazza Navona

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

St. Peter's Basilica (at least the St. Peter's Square)

Here's a way to explore attractions in Rome:

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Colosseo (attraction)
  2. Pantheon (attraction)
  3. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  4. Villa Borghese (attraction)
  5. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  6. Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (attraction)
  7. St. Peter's Basilica (attraction)

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