A city that is haunting with ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, but also being one of the widely populated Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities. Rome has always been a historical powerhouse while also being a contemporary political center of the world. Rome always never failed to dazzle her tourists with architectural wonders of the Eternal city. Now you want to see another side of Rome or you have seen the treaded paths of Rome included in the rome walking tours and other packages and want to see a less travelled forgotten spaces within this masterpiece of a city. We have some suggestions
Most Rome walking tours will no doubt take you passed Largo di Torre Argentina, a large, excavated square located just a couple of blocks from the Pantheon. A closer look with reveal not only a fascinating collection of ancient temples, but a cat colony lurking amongst the ruins. This Sanctuary also happens to be a section of the Theatre of Pompey, the site of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. Indeed, there is an annual re-enactment of the murder of Caesar at the exact spot every year on the Ides of March (15th March) to honour the anniversary of his death.
The elegant building that holds the keyhole is a small church known as Santa Maria del Priorato. It is the 18th-century handiwork of the famous architect and engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi, also known for his romantic etchings depicting the city and his enigmatic and dark series of imaginary prisons (Carceri d’Invenzione). The architectural motifs in the building evoke ships and the sea, inspired by the longstanding tradition of the Aventine Hill being compared to a ship. The design also incorporates many esoteric and Masonic symbols. The keyhole vista lines up perfectly with the garden, centered on the Vatican in the distance. No one seems to be able to say with certainty whether this was a beautifully planned peepshow, or just a lucky coincidence.
Esposizione Universale di Roma
A visit to the modern district of EUR gives travelers a good look at the visions of the former Italian Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini. EUR was built in the 1930s as a showcase of Fascist architecture. Fascist architecture was influenced by the architecture of the Romans but the modern palaces look soulless and bland and the atmosphere in EUR can’t compare with the historic center of Rome. But as an urban project EUR can be considered reasonably successful: it is popular with residents thanks to its open layout with wide streets and easy accessibility. Making it a difference of scene with the rest of Rome.
Roman Protestant Cemetery
Built in the early 18th century, this cemetery was built only for the bodies of foreign non-Catholics who could not be buried in Rom. It’s a haven of peace away from the commotion of the Roman streets.
Officially this is the first paved road in history, dubbed the “Queen of Roads”. Construction began in 312 BC and connected Rome to Brindisi. 513 km in length, it passes beautiful villas and ancient ruins. If you don’t have enough time to follow its length in entirety, admire part of it in Rome. The road starts at the Baths of Caracalla.