When one visits Rome, of course there is the Vatican, the Spanish steps and the Colosseum. But where do the locals go to get away from the tourists? These 5 spots shine all on their own and are another way to make the eternal city unforgettable.
Located on Aventine Hill, “The Orange Garden” offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Behind the Basilica of Santa Sabina near the Piazza Pietro d’Illiria, this terraced park is rich with lush greenery, vibrant roses, and yes – orange trees! Head to this park around sunset and watch Rome’s most iconic landmarks become backlit in orangey-pink sun.
This pharmacy to the 17th-Century Papal Court, the Antica Farmacia Santa Maria della Scala is still run by Carmelite monks. While the main floor is a modern pharmacy, the building’s second floor is a trip back in time. A step through the doorway introduces you to the world of ancient apothecaries where, herbs, potions, unguents, balms, oils, clay and any type of raw material were used to heal the sick and fortify the popes. The fine woodwork along the walls filled with colorful vials and bottles is a memorable sight.
Rome’s favorite neighborhood. Take a short walk across the Tiber and find a charming medieval hub of local culture and unbeatable cuisine. Formerly a working-class district, Trastevere is full of artists and has a vibrant nightlife. In Trastevere, you’ll find authentic, family-run neighborhood restaurants filled with locals but not tourist pricing.
This fairy-tale district of Rome may be tiny in size, but it’s huge in culture and beauty. Stroll around unique architecture, decorative fountains, and frescoed facades. It’s where art Nouveau meets medieval tradition.
This intriguing off-the-beaten-path find is an all-time favorites. The Knights of Malta keyhole offers a unique, perfectly framed view of Saint Peter’s Basilica in a historic piazza on Aventine Hill. It will be one of those photos you show everyone.
Italy’s unrivalled cultural heritage, diverse landscapes and celebrated food and wine make it an unmissable destination. There are so many superb places to go, it can be difficult to know where to begin, but Taylored Tours can help you create an itinerary that reflects your interests, takes in the main sights and reveals some of Italy’s lesser-known charms.
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