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Rome: top 10 off-the-beaten path spots

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What I feared the most of my (R)homecoming was the feeling that my glorious globetrotter past had come to an end and that from that point on I would have been condemned to a boring life at a permanent residence.
That’s not what happened, though…
Instead, I had an amazing time trying to discover my old town with a new eye: the enthusiastic eye of the traveller me.
And so, one “urban safari” after another, I’m exploring all those beautiful areas outside the well-known touristic centre, determined to discover (and report about) Another Rome.

Which are your favourite lesser-known sights of Rome?I wrote a list of mine for Untapped Cities, you can read the full article here.

Enjoy spring visiting these top 10 lesser-touristic spots of Rome!

The top 10 off-the-beaten path spots in Rome

M.u.Ro. the Urban Museum of Rome || Quadraro

m.u.ro. urban museum of rome quadraro

Rome is not exactly full of street art, but there are still a few areas worth a graffiti hunt, such as the open air urban museum at the old Quadraro neighborhood. (Read more)

The Protestant Cemetery || Testaccio

the protestant cemetery testaccio rome

It’s hard to believe that there is such a peaceful and relaxing corner so close to the beating heart of the city! (Read more)

Jubilee Church by Richard Meier || Tor Tre Teste

Jubilee church by richard meier rome tor tre teste

Built in 2003 (when Richard Meier was also reshaping the Ara Pacis) and finished in 2006, this white sailboat-shaped cathedral is meant to carry faithful souls towards the 3rd millennium—or perhaps to revive this problematic neighborhood. (Read more)

Municipal Rose Gardens || Aventino

municipal rose gardens aventino rome
Photo Credit: Yannick Carer via Flickr

Open only in spring, the municipal rose garden is one of the most romantic spots in town, with its panoramic view on the Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill. (Read more)

Forte Prenestino || Centocelle

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Photo Credit: Gianni Ceccano via Flickr

Occupied in 1986, Forte Prenestino is a hip venue for whatever is alternative, experimental, underground and innovative. (Read more)

Appian Way Regional Park || Ardeatino + Appio

appian way regional park rome

If the Roman Forum is too crowded and noisy for you, you will love a peaceful archaeological walk through the Appian Way Regional Park, a protected area of around 3,400 hectares. (Read More)

Panoramic view from Monte Mario || Balduina

panoramic view from monte mario balduina rome
Sunrise from Monte Mario. Photo credit: Paolo di Tommaso via Flickr

This is the highest point of Rome and it goes without saying that from here the view of the Eternal city, with its domes and bell towers, is simply breathtaking! (Read more)

Auditorium Parco della Musica by Renzo Piano || Flaminio

Auditorium Parco della musica renzo piano flaminio roma

These three concert halls built in 2002 have already gained several nicknames: blobs, beetles, scarabs and computer mice. (Read more)

Gazometro (Gas Holder) || Ostiense 

gazometro ostiense roma

Ostiense is the former industrial district of Rome, the area where you can still find warehouses, docks, pavilions and industrial buildings, some of them charmingly abandoned while others have been converted into cultural venues. (Read more)

MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art || Testaccio + Salario 

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There are plenty of museums in Rome, but only a few devoted to contemporary art, including MACRO and its recent annex MACRO Testaccio. (Read more)

Author: Giulia Riva
Author’s blog www.blocal-travel.com

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  1. Thank you for sharing! :)

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