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AIBU ask for your non-touristy Rome tips?

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EllaElla Wed 17-May-17 22:32:27

Just that really. Off for a long weekend soon and can picture aimlessly wandering (having done the major sights previously)! Our 1st just us trip abroad since dc - so hoping for a magical break. I have no idea where to start as all the guides are so touristy! Please please tell me amazing spots you love in Rome!! smile

LadyFuchsiaGroan Wed 17-May-17 22:38:14

I would recommend a visit to the Capuchin Crypt, it's a bit morbid seeing how it's a Crypt decorated with bones but it was very quiet when we visited not many tourists and it's a truly awe inspiring visit.

TakeThatFuckingDressOffNow Thu 18-May-17 06:19:14

Don't pay to go into the colosseum -nothing to see inside. The walk up to the outside is so beautiful

Villa Borghese is a nice park

San Lorenzo area and Formula 1 pizza restaurant - via degli Equi (not romantic but a cool area and no tourists in the restaurant)

Inside St. Peter's Basilica even if you are not religious go in and have a quick look. It's incredible

You must see the trevi fountain - but it's always rammed. Try going as late as possible at night or very first thing

I wouldn't do the Vatican museums if you are there for just a weekend....

Hope you have the best time flowers

SquatBetty Thu 18-May-17 06:26:53

The Baths of Caracalla, a bit off the main tourist trail and situated in big grounds so they shouldn't be too crowded. They are AMAZING!

EllaElla Thu 18-May-17 07:48:05

Thank you! Some nice suggestions. smile

Eatingcheeseontoast Thu 18-May-17 07:52:52

You can book in advance to see the villa borghese, in fact you have to, so only a really limited number of people inside. I loved it, the artwork is beautiful.

Pop your head in churches as you go past. Some that aren't even in guide books are incredible.

elenaf Thu 18-May-17 08:10:07

Second time we did Baths of Caracalla and Ostia Antica - amazing and empty, even in July!

LadyFuchsiaGroan Thu 18-May-17 08:16:24

Yeah ostia antica is really worth a visit, short train ride from Rome absolutely beautiful and hardly anyone there when we visited.

KC225 Thu 18-May-17 08:37:44

The old fashioned glove shop near the Trevi fountain.

BurningViolin Thu 18-May-17 08:53:21

Villa Farnesina has spectacular wall frescoes and not too many tourists. The catacombs are fascinating and again, not completely mobbed.

Go to the church of St Cecelia in Trastevere for a beautiful, delicate sculpture of the saint's body lying as they found her when her tomb was opened. Go down to the crypt for Roman remains, and into the nun's choir for an unusually well preserved 14th century fresco of the Last Judgement.

Chiesa del Gesu at 5pm (or it might have been 5.30) to see 17th century stage machinery in action. A painting starts to move to reveal a colossal hidden statue of St Igatius Loyola behind it. It also has the biggest lapis lazuli globe in the world.

Someone else has already mentioned the Capuchin crypt with decorations made out of bones. Fascinating but weird - don't go if you're squeamish or morbid!

Withershins Thu 18-May-17 09:44:45

If you are able to book I recommend the Scavi tour. It is the necropolis underneath the Vatican itself and tours are limited, its fascinating.
www.scavi.va/content/scavi/en/ufficio-scavi.html

chopchopchop Thu 18-May-17 09:54:10

Fassi's icecream shop - it's the oldest ice cream shop in Rome and has more ice cream varieties than you can imagine, and you get three varieties + cream for not very many euros at all, and there are marble tables to sit at. We went there every day (!).

Also, on a Sunday, the Roman road of Via Appia Antica is closed to traffic so you can go for a walk along it, and patches even have the original Roman cobbles. It takes you into lovely countryside, loads of locals come out for a stroll as well as tourists, and there are some nice old-fashioned restaurants out there as well.

Ostia Antica is fabulous as well, but if you're only there for a weekend might be further than you want to go.

PatriciaHolm Thu 18-May-17 09:55:05

Another vote for Ostia Antica!

And actually wandering around is fun in itself - the place is full of beautiful architecture and little squares.

Antico Caffe Greco near the Spanish steps was lovely for tea and cake - established in 1760

www.anticocaffegreco.eu/2008/caffegreco_fullscreen_en.html

Oriunda Thu 18-May-17 09:55:41

Capuchin crypt for sure - its amazing. The Bocca della Verità is a bit of fun. Trastevere at night for pizza/dinner and a quiet walk home. Definitely visit Fontana di Trevi at nighttime - totally different to day time.

makeourfuture Thu 18-May-17 09:57:56

Villa Borghese is a nice park

Second.

SheDoneAlreadyDoneHadHerses Thu 18-May-17 09:59:25

We went and did a twilight food tour in Trastevere - the place is beautiful.
There's also a little island in the middle of the Tiber (Isola Tiberina) with a church and a small village on it which is stunning.

I'm so jealous you're going back.

budgiegirl Thu 18-May-17 10:10:52

Walk up through the rose garden to the Piazza of the Knights of Malta, and look through the keyhole in the gate there for an amazing view - it made me gasp!

The EUR is a short metro ride, and is very different from the centre of Rome.

Or go to the Protestant cemetery where Keats and Shelley are buried, there is also an 'Egyptian' pyramid there.

FeedMeAndTellMeImPretty Thu 18-May-17 10:35:55

Following, as DP and I are planning a trip somewhere and Rome is now on my list!

LIZS Thu 18-May-17 10:48:45

On the Palatine hill there is a great vantage point in the corner right opposite the Colosseum. There is also a small park with the ruins of Trajan's baths and Nero's Golden House, just above the Colosseum. Further along are excavations of the gladiator training area, amid high rise apartments and roads. There are house excavations near Trajan's column but only in specific time slots. Next time we go I'm planning to do the underground tour (including the restaurant with a theatre in its basement) , visit Ostia Antica and Portus sites (near the airport) and some of the lesser well trodden ruins and places accessible to tours only like the Golden House.

requestingsunshine Thu 18-May-17 10:58:56

Go and have a glass of wine in a sweet little cafe called il covo, piazza madonna dei monti, just off Via Cavour. They bring out a few small sandwiches and pastries if you order a coffee or a glass of wine and are really friendly.

And if you haven't already, take the elevator right to the top of the Vittorio Emmanuelle II monument. The view is amazing.

icanteven Thu 18-May-17 11:08:26

Galleria Doria Pamphili - absolutely wonderful. Get the gloriously idiosyncratic audioguide done by its owner to get the full joy of it.

Villa Borghese - book in advance. Nice walk there too.

Campo de Fiori for wine outside in the evening.

Gelateria del Teatro on via dei Coronari for ice cream (obv.)

OrlandaFuriosa Thu 18-May-17 11:13:22

Valentina's ice cream shop near the Trevi fountain. Superb.

Another vote for the Antico Caffe Greco, everyone hung out there, not just Keats and Byron.

Keats' rooms at the Spanish steps, where he died.

If you like churches, San Saba on the Aventine: mixture of frescos, some Byzantine style, great annunciation Fra Angelico esque, nice sheep.

The Roma football shop for presents.

AlphaMama Thu 18-May-17 11:13:30

Personally, I loved the Colloseum (inside) and would recommend it. You can get a ticket for that and the surrounding gardens (surprisingly big) that lasts two days. Buy your ticket in advance and get there for opening (9am I think?). You'll be done by the time the real crowds arrive around 11am and you'll miss the midday heat. Perfect.

One of my favourite things to do in Rome is actually to get to one of the main squares for morning coffee as well. Again, get there early to get a table on the front row and just sit, enjoy your coffee and watch all the different come and go.

Avoid the Vatican.

Twinkie1 Thu 18-May-17 11:16:44

Ristorante Al 34 is amazing.

LIZS Thu 18-May-17 11:16:50

http://www.dapancrazio.it/

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