Rome is a city that makes you sigh and dream: we told it a lot of times. Its most famous monuments, such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, just to name a few, always leave you breathless, even after having seen them dozens of times. But Rome also has many other experiences to live. Here are 10 things that we think you should do at least once in life.
- Take a walk to Villa Borghese and then visit the Gallery of Modern Art, which houses around 20,000 works including paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations as well as masterpieces by Klimt, Monet, Van Gogh, Hayez.
- Visit the statue of Pasquino near Piazza Navona, one of the most famous and best-preserved “talking statues” in the city.
- Eat the Roman pizza bianca, better if freshly baked, in the Campo de’ Fiori bakery (forno).
- Go up the 28 stairs of the Scala Santa, at the Basilica of S. Giovanni in Laterano, strictly on your knees, as tradition requires.
- Read a book and relax in the wonderful Giardino degli Aranci, admiring the view of Rome before leaving.
- Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the quiet square of the Fontana delle Tartarughe, before arriving at the bustling city life in via Arenula.
- Try the typical and artisanal buiscuits and sweets of Valzani pastry shop in Trastevere, a historical shop that smells of authentic Roman history.
- Visit the Protestant cemetery in Testaccio, an oasis of peace in which artists and writers are buried and in which many cats are often found to laze.
- Try the “sorchetta“- a Roman cake with an equivocal name- from the “sorchettaro” near the Termini station, which is only open at night. A rather “sinful” experience that only Rome can offer!
- Do a roaring trade at Porta Portese, the historic market of Rome, where you can find almost everything: the important thing is to deal with the price!
An authentic Rome, as you may have never experienced before, is what you can often find in small gestures and in not very crowded places.