Uncover Hidden Gems: Top 10 Unique Things To Do In Rome, Italy
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Rome is a wonderful destination for delicious food, rich history, and has so many unique hidden gems that many people do not know about! I studied abroad in Rome, making it a very special destination to me, especially because of how incredible the people were there and how beautiful the sights around the city are as well. Overall, Rome needs to be added to the itinerary of anyone who plans to visit Italy, and these unique hidden gems will have you falling in love with the eternal city!
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Things to do in Rome, Italy
Visit the secret Keyhole of Malta which has many people's absolute favorite view of the city.
The Orange Gardens for sunset (near the Keyhole of Malta). This is the most beautiful spot in all of Rome, Italy to see the sunset. Sometimes, you will even hear someone playing living music here!
Babingtons Tea Room for tea and people-watching. This tea room is historic and overlooks the Spanish Steps, which makes for great people-watching and a wonderful view!
Visit the Trevi fountain and marvel at one of the most iconic spots in all of Rome!
Explore Villa Borghese for an afternoon (go here for a walk, take a picnic lunch, or explore around the various areas around the park). The entire park is huge and I definitely recommend spending a lot of time here for a quiet and tranquil experience.
Have an authentic Roman dinner experience in a locals home (best thing I have done in Rome). This experience is like no other, and I can guarantee that you will have an amazing time. The food was absolutely delicious, the people were so friendly, and the host Deborah was the kindest person I met in Rome!
Visit Vatican City and marvel at the amazing Sistine Chapel. This is a must-do when visiting Rome, especially for people who love history and art!
Visit the Roman Forum to see the incredible history that Rome has to offer, and make sure to climb the stairs to the top to see an amazing panoramic view!
Tivoli for incredible views, gardens, and fountains.
Orvieto for a quaint medieval town that has authentic food and amazing medieval buildings that look straight out of a movie.
Places to eat & drink in Rome, Italy
Dinner in Trastevere at Nannarella (you must try the lasagna at Nannarella). This will easily be one of your favorite Italian meals!
Have a traditional aperitivo at Bar Meccanismo (a cocktail and appetizer board for under 12 euro total… amazing!)
Dinner at Ristorante al 34 (get the pumpkin gnocchi which is the best pasta I have had in Rome during my 4 months of living there!)
Try the famous Roman street food Suppli at Suppli Roma (you don’t want to miss this one! Suppli is a delicious snack that is a must try in Rome).
Visit Emma for one of the most delicious pizza you will ever have!
Get gelato at Otaleg in Trastevere - if they have the blood orange flavor there, highly recommend that for one of the most refreshing gelato flavors ever!
Get a pizza pocket at the iconic Trapizzino - imagine a pizza in a cone! I highly recommend trying this for a unique culinary experience.
Try delicious homemade pasta from Osteria da Fortunata - this is a must-visit place, but make sure to get there early as the line can get super long!
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Travel Advisor Jennifer Schwartz’s guide, Guide to Picturesque Picnics In and Around Rome.
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