Maybe you’d like to avoid the crowds of Rome’s most famous attractions. Perhaps you consider your interests to be more esoteric than those of most people. Regardless, we have the local insight to point you in the direction of some of the best hidden gems in Rome! Venture off the beaten path and see ancient Roman ruins, visually striking masterworks, and truly one-of-a-kind sights. Read on to learn more. Then, take a look at our Travel Guide for additional suggestions to include in your European holiday itinerary!
10 of Our Favorite Hidden Gems in Rome
1. Cross the Tiber River to Explore the Trastevere Neighborhood
While the neighborhood has grown in popularity, there is still Roman authenticity you can experience. From stunning jewel box churches and local food to bustling piazzas and charming, ivy-adorned streets, Trastevere is home to an array of unique things to do.
2. Stop to Smell the Flowers at the Rome’s Rose Garden in May and June
Open to the public from April 21st through June, the Roseto Comunale contains over 1,100 varieties of roses and is a sight to behold.
3. Tour Domus Aurea, Emperor Nero’s “Golden House”
Architecture enthusiasts will be amazed at the Domus Aurea. This outstanding structure dates back to 64AD. Touring this “Golden House” event helps to fund its restoration.
4. Admire the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs
While it may be seemingly unspectacular on the outside, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs’ interior is truly breathtaking to witness. This structure was built inside the frigidarium of the Baths of Diocletian in the Piazza della Repubblica.
5. Stand in Awe of the Magnificent Galleria Sciarra
Opulence and elegance abound at this hidden Art Nouveau courtyard. The Galleria Sciarra features brightly colored frescoes that illuminate under brilliant beams of sunshine that pour through the glass ceiling.
6. Explore the Baths of Caracalla
Step onto beautiful mosaic floors of ancient Roman ruins that have stood the test of time since the early 200s. The Baths of Caracalla are often overlooked, making this hidden gem the perfect place to avoid the crowds.
7. Learn About British Romantic Poets at the Keats–Shelley House
This museum honors the English Romantic poets with a variety of unique treasures. It is most recognized for being John Keats’ home. You can even see his preserved bedroom!
8. See Stunning Raphael Frescoes at the Quiet Villa Farnesina
If the crowds at the Vatican keep you from seeing some of Raphael’s works, consider visiting the Villa Farnesina instead. Here you can admire some of his works in a peaceful setting.
9. Get Inspired by Impressive Works at the Doria Pamphilj Gallery
The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj houses an impressive gallery that features the works of artists such as Raphael, Tiziano, Caravaggio, Brueghel the Elder, Velazquez, and Bernini.
10. Brave the Capuchin Crypt Beneath the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
For fans of “dark tourism,” the Capuchin Crypt is easily one of the most unusual places to visit in Rome. This attraction is adorned with the bones of over 4,000 friars and is not for the faint of heart!
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