10 special things to do in Rome, Italy

Working at the hotel, when checking in, I always ask my guests if it is their first time in Rome. I must say that on several occasions (like yesterday) I find myself welcoming people for whom this is the fourth or even tenth visit to Rome … and so? What to do in the Eternal City?

When you think about Rome, even at an international level, the first things that come to mind are the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum … but the Italian capital actually hides many other unusual places and special things to do, to the point that a new trip to Rome is always a new discovery!

So here’s a list of 10 special things to do in Rome, the city where I currently live and work…are you ready? Come #aspassoconsara

1) Walk through the Coppedè Quarter
In the Trieste district, the area takes its name from the architect who designed it, Gino Coppedè. It consists of palaces, buildings and buildings that constitute a real architectural experiment, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. The beauty of the area has even bewitched the Italian director Dario Argento, who chose the Coppedè district as the backdrop for some scenes from the films Inferno and L’uccello dalle featume di cristallo.

Address: between Piazza Buenos Aires and Via del Tagliamento (Parioli).

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2) Drink a cup of tea between popes and emperors
Caffè Canova Tadolini

Yes, you read well, I’m talking about the unusual Caffè Canova-Tadolini, a few steps from Piazza di Spagna. His story begins in 1818, when Antonio Canova, a great Italian sculptor, signed a contract for the lease of his sculpture studio in order to guarantee Adamo Tadolini, his favourite pupil. Remained in the possession of the Tadolini family for 4 generations, today is a fascinating art gallery where you can sip a good cup of tea to refresh yourself after a walk through the streets of the center, admiring the statues of popes, emperors and many others.

Address: Via del Babbuino 150 A/B (Piazza di Spagna)
Web address: www.canovatadolini.com
Phone: + 39 06 3211 0702

 

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3) In a world of bones
Cripta dei Cappuccini

I hope you are not easily impressionable types. If you are brave, then I invite you to visit the famous Cripta dei Cappuccini. Located under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione, the crypt, annexed to a convent built in the mid-seventeenth century, has survived, along with the church, the demolitions for the construction of Via Veneto in the nineteenth century. Made up of 5 chapels, it is entirely decorated by human bones with compositions, sometimes, also very particular. Tibes, femurs and skulls make up the traditional symbols linked to death: hourglasses, watches and butterflies … for a visit that leaves its mark!

Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 27 (Barberini)
Web site: www.cappucciniviaveneto.it
Phone: +39 06 8880 3695

 

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4) Sleeping like a Queen
Campo Marzio Luxury Suites

Legend has it that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, loved to bathe in donkey’s milk. The whole day of the race, whether it’s museums, business or shopping… Treat yourself to an elixir of beauty and choose the Cleopatra suite of the boutique hotel Campo Marzio Luxury Suites. Its wonderful bathtub, flanked by a small ethanol fireplace to be lit on cold winter days, will make your stay in the capital unforgettable. Relaxing and romantic atmosphere, perfumed body oil, bath salts, sponge for a delicate body massage, soft bathrobes … for a stay like Pharaohs!

Address: Via di Campo Marzio 52a (Piazza di Spagna)
Website: www.suites4rome.com
Phone: +39 06 8767 9475
Price: from 200 € per night

 

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5) A strange aperitif
Musia

Over the weekend we usually see friends and take a little time for us … a nice glass of wine and some snacks … and then why not do it properly? Musia, a space for contemporary art in Rome with a fantastic corner Kitchen & Wine Bar, has thought of it. The tasty creations of chef Ben Hirst and his collaborators are laid out on trays similar to real paintings … short chain products of the territories around Rome in a totally new and … artistic!

Address: Via dei Chiavari 7 (Campo de’Fiori)
Website: www.musia.it
Phone : +39 06 6821 0213

 

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6) Let Borromini deceive you!
Galleria di Palazzo Spada

“It’s the poet’s fin wonder… who doesn’t know how to amaze, go to the grill! so said Giambattista Marino, the leading exponent of Baroque poetry. And who knows what amazement Francesco Borromini, the undisputed genius, must have aroused with Bernini of the Roman Baroque architecture, when the perspective gallery of Palazzo Spada finished. Hired by Bernardino Spada, owner of a representative residence without, however, a large garden, the architect decided to create an illusion as a result of which, the gallery, just 8 and a half meters long, seems even longer than 20 meters! The trick? All the floors on which the gallery is developed converge towards a single vanishing point … and so the ceiling descends and the floor rises. The illusion is heightened by the statue of Mars at the end of the corridor framed by two colonnades … and voilà! The garden is served!

Address: Piazza Capo di Ferro 13
Website: galleriaspada.beniculturali.it
Phone : +39 06 683 2409
Price: full 5 €

 

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7) Enjoy the best coffee in the city centre
Caffè Sant’Eustachio

It will be the chance to sip it in one of the most beautiful squares of Rome, it will be the art machinery or the secret recipe, but from Sant’Eustachio, historical coffee near the Pantheon, the espresso is a real masterpiece! They are prepared, according to one of the owners, Riccardo Ricci, even 6000 cups a day … if, like me, you are dependent coffee and you are walking around the center … you just have to visit! Coffee liqueurs, accessories and sweets are also available.

Address: Piazza di Sant’Eustachio 82 (Pantheon).
Web address: www.santeustachioilcaffe.it
Phone : +39 06 6880 2048
Price: 1.30 €

 

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8) Survive the jaws of a monster
Palazzo Zuccari

Let’s go back to the subject of the dark, mysterious or weird Roma, you decide, the fact is that, even in this case, you need a dose of courage. Federico Zuccari, the artist he designed in 1592, was directly inspired by the famous Sacred Basque of Bomarzo. And so to enter this horrific and extravagant house, you have to pass through the jaws of a monster, those of the famous Mascherone on the Via Gregoriana, where in ancient times there was access to the garden. The building, which also fascinated Gabriele d’Annunzio, a frequenter of the Hertz living room and owner of the complex since 1904, now houses the Hertzian library, the city’s main art history library.

Address: Via Gregoriana 30 (Piazza di Spagna)
Website: biblhertz.com
Phone : +39 0669 993 1

 

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9) On foot or by bike to the Queen of all roads
Via Appia Antica – Appia Antica Caffè

It is the most famous street of the ancient world. Involved by the censor Appio Claudio in 312 BC, it has always been considered the “Regina viarum” (the queen of all roads), the symbol of the greatness of Rome, built to connect the south of the peninsula with the Urbe. A unique and extraordinary experience to walk on the basols (as the boulders are called in technical jargon) original routes by soldiers, emperors, saints (including St. Peter) and travelers throughout history, but also to discover many hidden treasures of Rome. The road is, in fact, an integral part of an archaeological and natural park. The catacombs of San Sebastiano and the tomb of Cecilia Metella, the Circus and the Villa of Maxentius are just some of the most important archaeological sites in the area. And for those who love adventure, you can, at the Appia Antica Caffè, have a basket prepared for a picnic and also rent a bike.

Address: Via Appia Antica 175
Website: www.appiaanticacaffe.it
Phone : 06 8987 9575

 

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10) What time is it?
Pincio water clock

Okay, you are in the Pincio, a few steps from the famous terrace, in the heart of Villa Borghese, but suddenly you need to know what time it is and you don’t have the watch. No problem! Because you will find within walking distance the famous water clock of Rome, a masterpiece of engineering and aesthetics created in 1867 by a Dominican friar, John Baptist Embriaco. Only admirable since 1873, it works thanks to the Acqua Marcia (March Water) that flows from the fountain below. Amazing no?

Address: Villa Borghese – Viale dell’Orologio

 

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