Rome is the Eternal City because it would take an eternal life to unravel all the hidden treasures of the city. If you are looking for off-the-beaten-path locations in Rome, either to avoid conventional attractions such as Colosseo, Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Venezia or to discover the serene side of this otherwise chaotic city, you are in the right blog.
I am compiling a list of my favorite hidden places, in no particular order, for those who have spare time to explore and wander. By hidden I mean many foreigners are not usually aware of their existence (I do not know if locals are too) and it takes some effort to find these locations because they tend to be tucked away. Or simply the places that tourists tend not to visit on their first day in Rome, even if they are free of charge.
Biblioteca Angelica (The Angelica Library)
Location: Piazza di Sant’Agostino, 8, 00186 Roma
Neighborhood: Pantheon, Piazza Navona
Attractive elements: history, old books, 17th-century library, architecture, silence, globes, maps
Tip: You can study in the libary with a valid ID. You just need to fill in a form then hand it together with your ID to a libarian. Sit in the back if you do not use any books from the library.
The Aventine Keyhole
Attractive elements: illusion, architectural perfection, geometrical sight, history, the Aventine neighborhood itself
Tip: Sometimes there is a long queue in front of the keyhole but the queue moves quite fast so do not be put off by it!
Cimitero Acattolico di Roma (The Protestant Cemetery of Rome)
Location: Via Caio Cestio, 6, 00153 Roma
Attractive elements: nature, tranquil, history, intriguing stories, wonderful sculptures, art history, walking paths, a full view of the Pyramid.
Tip: If you are a fan of the English poet John Keats, his tomb is in this cemetery since he passed away in Rome.
Neighborhood: Trastevere, Monteverde Vecchio
Attractive elements: park, tranquil, nature, sculptures, fountains, blissful, ruins, history, ginkgo trees, white flowers
Tip: This is a wonderful retreat to enjoy autumn in Rome.
Accademia Americana (The American Academy of Rome)
Location: Via Angelo Masina, 5, 00153 Roma
Neighborhood: Monteverde Vecchio
Attractive elements: academic atmosphere, beautiful courtyards, history, library, architecture, free guided tours
Tip: Visit the Accademia Americana during their opening days and book your visits in advance.
To be continued…