With over 9 million tourists per year, Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world and therefore every part of it has been discovered: has it though?
The Eternal City has its own hidden gems that will leave you in awe. Here are four secret places you must see if you want to go off the tourist’s path:
The Keyhole on the Aventine Hill
Can you imagine looking through a keyhole and see a stunning view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica? You don’t have to, you can see it with your own eyes.
At the Priory of the Knights of Malta, located on the Aventine Hill near the Tiber river, there’s a big green wooden door and its magic small keyhole. Framed by the trees of the garden, the Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican lines perfectly and offers a stunning and unusual view you won’t forget.
Galleria Sciarra, the Liberty delight
Once a private inner courtyard of Palazzo Sciarra Colonna, now it’s open to the public during business hours and you can walk in and admire the Belle Epoque frescoes painted in the 19th century which they have women as the main theme, especially female virtues. Can you spot the portrait of the Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio?
Galleria Sciarra is located a few steps from Trevi Fountain and Via del Corso.
Quartiere Coppedè, the fantasy district
Hidden behind the main streets of Quartiere Trieste, Quartiere Coppedè is a place where Art Nouveau, Baroque, medieval, gothic and ancient Greek meet, and it is the work of an extravagant Italian architect, Gino Coppedè. Since you go through the arch with the hanging iron chandelier, you will jump right into a world of fairytales: take your time to explore every details and don’t forget to see the peculiar fountains of frogs.
Piccola Londra (Little London)
Yes, you read that right: there is a British corner in the heart of Rome, near the Flaminio district. Piccola Londra (or Little London) is a short private residential street. Low houses, lots of colors and steps behind small gates are the idea of the anglo-Italian mayor of Rome Ernesto Nathan and realized by the architect Quadrio Pirani to give the Capital City a European touch. An unexpected taste of England that is Instagram perfect.
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