Some unique things to do in Rome
Rome is such a special place for Fantastica Italia...so we want to give some ideas on what to do on your free time..something unique to the Eternal city.
Buy some good bread and then go to Campo de’ Fiori in the morning and sample the olive oils and balsamic vinegar at the market that is there daily.
Eat some of the best pizza con la mortazza (mortadella in italian!) at Forno Campo de Fiori (Vicolo del Gallo, 14 Tel. 0668806662)
Walk up to Gianicolo Hill and listen out for the cannon that fires every single day at midday and has done since the battle for Rome was won here! Then admire the view of all of Rome..stunning!
Eat Carciofi alla Giudia (artichokes Jewish style) and filetti di baccala (fried cod fillets) and buy fresh baked cookies in the Jewish Ghetto area.
Enroll in Gladiatior School to experience the real Rome back in the day
Palazzo Valentini – Using state of art technology such as lasers and sound effects, the archaeological remains of ancient Roman houses are brought to life! Situated in the headquarters of the Province of Rome and just a short walk from Piazza Venezia, it’s educational, fascinating and a must-visit.
Visit the cat sanctuary at Largo Argentina
Spend the day exploring the EUR zone of Rome where you’ll experience the city’s fascist architecture. Immerse yourself into ancient Roman life at the Roman Civilization Museum, get to know real, deep Italian folk culture at the Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari and finally, see a modern, square Colosseum.
Take the elevator up the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II and take in a stunning panoramic view of the city
Get an amazing view of Rome through the Knights of Malta Keyhole on Aventine Hill – one of Rome’s best kept secrets. Use the footpath Via San Sabina to Piazza Cavalieri di Malta. You’ll also get a great view of Trastevere and St Peter from the Orange Garden at Santa Sabina.
Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, head to Monte Mario, Rome’s highest peak. Though it’s slightly off the beaten path for most tourists, the glistening view of the entire city is well worth an evening visit.
Head to the local area of Trastevere and take a stroll around the cobbled streets before choosing one of the many excellent local restaurants. It’s a picturesque neighbourhood with people shopping, chatting and drinking espresso at the pavement cafes.
Explore the amazing and food rich quartiere (quarter) of Testaccio
Check out the Protestant Cemetery in Testaccio. A green and shaded space in the heat of summer, this non-Catholic burial ground contains some of the most famous and important graves anywhere in the world – including poets (Keats & Shelley), painters, sculptors, authors and diplomats.
Head to the Capuchin Crypt (Church of Santa Maria della Concezione) to see the bones of some 4,000 dead Capuchin monks and decayed skeletons strangely arranged in the most beautiful and decorative designs.
Visit Parco degli Acquedotti: the Roman aqueducts are the park’s most distinctive feature and provide some welcome shade, if you’re looking for a place for a picnic. The park feels a little rural in places – there are even some sheep – and it’s ideal for escaping the crowds of the city centre.