Vy’s Picks: Top Free Hidden Places to Visit in Rome (Part 1)

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)

LocationPiazza 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

Location: Complesso e Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 00153, Rome

Neighborhood: Aventine

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)


LocationVia Caio Cestio, 6, 00153 Roma

Neighborhood: Testaccio

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.

Villa Sciarra


LocationViale delle Mura Gianicolensi, 11, 00153 Roma

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)


LocationVia 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…

Click here to explore other off-the-beaten-track places with me.


9 thoughts on “Vy’s Picks: Top Free Hidden Places to Visit in Rome (Part 1)

    1. Thank you so much! Even if you did not tell me, I would not think that you copied be me because you are extremely knowledgable about Italy! Your blog is a wonderful resouce for those who want to understand the Italian culture more like me! 😍

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    2. Thank you, you’re so kind 😆 ❤ I love your blog too, because you encourage people to explore things off-the-beaten-path and I appreciate your perspective very much. I’m glad I found your blog! ❤

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