Rome With Kids: 5 Things Even Teenagers Will Love

With its awe-inspiring ancient ruins, Baroque buildings and extraordinary works of art, Rome is a fascinating holiday destination for the whole family. However, the ability of a sulky teenager to feign indifference knows no bounds. That’s why, when it comes to traveling with kids, it helps to have a few secret weapons in your arsenal.

Introducing: the best things to see and do in the Eternal City with teens. Even the most apathetic adolescent is sure to enjoy these ideas.

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Capuchin Crypt

Rome has no shortage of beautiful churches but when traditional religious iconography just won’t cut it, it’s time for a dose of the macabre. The Capuchin Crypt on Via Veneto contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 monks of the Capuchin order. Their bones were collected, organised and arranged into unique displays – stacks of vertebrae, skulls and thigh bones form elaborate patterns that adorn this bizarre crypt. According to the Catholic church, the peculiar display is meant as a reminder of our own mortality rather than a ghoulish spectacle.

Tip: The Capuchin Crypt is located close to our Barberini Terrace apartment.

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Segway Family Adventure

Taking a Segway is a great way to see Rome’s ancient sites in a modern way. At the same time, it also gives kids a sense of freedom and autonomy, something often missing from most group tours. Our friends at Rome4Kids offer a 3-hour Imperial Rome tour for children aged 14 and upwards. If you’ve never ridden a Segway before, don’t worry – it’s easy to learn and full training is provided!

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Bike Ride on the Via Appia

The Appian Way, or Via Appia Antica as it’s known in Italian, is one of the earliest and most important Roman roads. It dates back to the ancient republic and was built as a transport route for soldiers and military supplies, stretching over 600 kilometers from Rome to Brindisi, in southern Italy. The section leading out of Rome is well preserved and scattered with interesting ancient monuments, such as the Catacombs of San Callisto and the 5th-century gate to the city, Porta San Sebastiano. We recommend renting a bike so you can cover as much of this impressive scenic route as possible.

Watch a football match at Stadio Olympico

Il calcio – soccer or football, depending on where you’re from – is a national obsession in Italy and attending a game can be a thrilling experience, one which is often forgotten about by tourists. The capital has two teams in the Serie A league, AS Roma and SS Lazio, and the fierce local rivalry runs deep, meaning you’ll be expected to pick a side and cheer uproariously. Both teams play out of Stadio Olympico in the north of Rome and tickets can be purchased online in advance.

A Virtual Reality Tour

With intricate mosaics and enormous stone vaults and archways, the ruins of the Terme di Caracalla are a remarkable site, though it can be tricky to visualize how the baths would have appeared in their heyday. Treat your teenager to a virtual reality headset (available for €7.00, in addition to the €8.00 entry ticket) and they’ll be wowed at how the site is bought alive again. The special goggles allow visitors to wander around the ruins and see the frigidarium (cold room), palestra (gym), and caldarium (hot room), as they once were, opulently decorated with colorful marble floors, soaring columns, fine sculptures, and other works of art.

Where To See Caravaggio’s Paintings In Rome

Born Michelangelo Merisi in 1571 in the small town of Caravaggio near Milan, Caravaggio is one of Italy’s most important and influential painters. He came to Rome in his early 20s, in extreme poverty, but was soon noticed by rich patrons and commissioned to paint works for the city’s churches and chapels. Characterized by a dramatic use of chiaroscuro, his paintings portrayed religious scenes in a realistic manner, a bold departure from the artists who had come before him. He even used real-life acquaintances, including prostitutes and love interests, as models for his works.

Caravaggio’s personal life was equally controversial. Known for his love of drinking and gambling, he was often involved in brawls and in 1606 he killed a man during a street fight – and was forced to flee Rome. During exile, he continued to work on commissions in Naples, Malta, and Sicily until news of his death reached Rome in 1610. The exact circumstances of Caravaggio’s death remain a mystery but scholars have put forward multiple theories including syphilis, sepsis, and lead poisoning.

Though his time in Rome was brief, Caravaggio worked at great speed and created a number of paintings that remain in situ, still hanging in the churches for which they were originally commissioned. Other works were purchased by popes and nobles and now hang in the city’s galleries and museums. So, if you’re an art appreciator heading to the Eternal City, these nine places should be on your list.

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Santa Maria del Popolo

This church in Piazza del Popolo houses two paintings by Caravaggio: the Crucifixion of Saint Peter and the Conversion of Saint Paul. Like many church artworks in Italy, you’ll need to slot a coin into a machine to light up the paintings (and contribute towards the upkeep of the church). Though, originally, they would have only been seen by candlelight. As well as examining the unusual positions the saints are portrayed in, take a moment to consider how Caravaggio used perspective to compensate for the position of the canvases, on the side walls of the chapel – both paintings retain their artistic appeal, even when viewed from such a wide angle.

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San Luigi dei Francesi

Three Caravaggio paintings hang in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, near Piazza Navona, all depicting moments in the life of Saint Matthew. The Calling of St. Matthew shows Christ appearing in front of his soon-to-be disciple for the first time and is set in a dimly lit space which could be an office or a tavern, depending on the eye of the beholder. In the Inspiration of St. Matthew, an angel looms over the saint, guiding him in his works. The final piece, the Martyrdom of St. Matthew, shows a sprawl of figures involved in the saint’s death.

Chiesa di Sant’Agostino

When Caravaggio unveiled his Madonna of Loreto in 1606, church officials were shocked by his interpretation of the Virgin Mary. Standing barefoot in her crumbling doorway, this wasn’t the usual representation of purity and Christianity – and nor were the two dirty pilgrims at her feet.

Galleria Borghese

With seven Caravaggio paintings gracing the walls, Galleria Borghese holds Rome’s largest collection of works by the Baroque master. Boy with a Basket of Fruit (thought to be a self-portrait), St. Jerome, Sick Bacchus, John the Baptist, Portrait of Pope Paul V, Madonna of the Palafrenieri, and David with the Head of Goliath, in which Caravaggio used his own image in the face of the decapitated giant. Tickets by advance booking only.

Capitoline Museums

Two of Caravaggio’s works can be seen in the Capitoline Museums, alongside other masterpieces from by Titian, Tintoretto, and Rubens. Look closely at The Fortune Teller and you’ll see the girl reading the boy’s palm is also slipping the ring off his finger. In John the Baptist a youthful John is playfully reclining, one arm around a ram’s neck.

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

John the Baptist was a popular subject with Caravaggio who painted the character numerous times, including the copy now located in the Doria Pamphiji Gallery on Via del Corso. The Penitent Magdalene and Rest on the Flight Into Egypt are also housed here.

Vatican Museums

The Entombment of Christ was originally painted for the Santa Maria in Vallicella church in Rome’s historic center but now sits in the Vatican Museums across town. The scene shows Christ’s followers in various stages of mourning as they place his lifeless body into his tomb.

Palazzo Barberini

Caravaggio’s gory Judith Beheading Holofernes has inspired numerous artists including Francisco de Goya and Artemisia Gentileschi, who both created their own versions of the scene. Caravaggio’s version sits in Palazzo Barberini alongside his Narcissus and St. Francis in Meditation.

Palazzo Corsini

Another depiction of John the Baptist hangs in Palazzo Corsini in the Trastevere neighborhood. This version shows John in a moment of repose, stripped of his usual identifying symbols and with the sunburnt hands and neck of a labourer.

Rome for Literary Lovers

“Oh Rome! my country! city of the soul!” – Lord Byron.

Rome has been inspiring people to put pen to paper for millennia. As well as producing its own homegrown talent, the Eternal City has also attracted writers, poets, and other creative types from around the world. Here, we take a look at some of the city’s most celebrated literary figures and the sites they frequented during their time here.

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Keats-Shelley Memorial House

Romantic poet John Keats came to Rome in 1820, hoping to improve his ailing health with a dose of Italian sunshine. Unfortunately, his health didn’t improve and he died of tuberculosis just a few short months later, at the age of 25. The house he rented at number 26 Piazza di Spagna is now a museum, housing artefacts from not just the poet’s life but the life of friend and fellow Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The museum itself is modest in size but boasts an extensive collection of books, memorabilia, letters, manuscripts and paintings relating to the pair. Keats’ death mask and a replica of the bed he died in are especially evocative pieces.

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Antico Caffé Greco

The area around the Spanish Steps was once so popular with well-heeled travelers  (including those on the Grand Tour), it earned the nickname the English Quarter, or even the English Ghetto. The area’s meeting point was Antico Caffé Greco on Via dei Condotti. Now Rome’s oldest coffee shop, Antico Caffé Greco opened in 1760 and provided caffeine hits to literary figures such as Stendhal, Goethe, Byron, Hans Christian Anderson, Mark Twain, and, of course, Keats. With its marble-top tables, red velvet chairs, and gold-framed artworks, the coffee shop has retained its period feel and is the perfect spot to sip a cappuccino and, if inspiration hits, pen a few lines.

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Non-Catholic Cemetery/Protestant Cemetery

Tucked behind an ancient Egyptian-style pyramid and a section of the Aurelian walls is the Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome. The verdant enclosure is a welcome relief from the chaos of the busy streets outside and is the final resting place of both Keats and Shelley. Over the years, the cemetery has filled with the graves of writers, scholars, painters and other travelers who found inspiration in the city. The maze of headstones and funerary sculptures is interspersed with cypress trees, perfectly pruned hedgerows, and the occasional lounging cat.

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Casa di Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German statesman and writer of novels, poetry, drama, and scientific treatises, to name just a few of his many disciplines. From 1786 to 1788 he journeyed throughout the Italian peninsula and was especially inspired by the south, writing “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” His diary entries would later form the basis of Italian Journey, his post-travel report on the bel paese. His time in Rome was brief – just three months – but the house where he stayed on Via del Corso is now a museum dedicated to the cultural impact of his work. In addition to letters, diary entries, and other original documents of Goethe’s, the collection includes drawings and sketches by painter (and housemate) Johann Wilhelm Tischbein. The most famous portrayal of Goethe – and the multicolored jewel of the exhibit – is the flashy screenprint by Andy Warhol in the museum’s permanent collection.

Looking for accommodation near Rome’s literary sites? Our Grazia Family Home and Spanish Steps Terrace are within walking distance of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Antico Caffé Greco, and the Casa di Goethe while the Non-Catholic Cemetery is just a short metro journey away.

Rome With Kids: 5 Experiences You Can’t Miss

Rome is a veritable outdoor museum. The city is home to world-famous archeological sites, elegant villas set within leafy parks and picturesque piazzas, making it the perfect place to explore with kids of all ages. From toddlers to adolescents, the Eternal City offers plenty of attractions for the whole family. We’ve put some of our favorite experiences together in this list and are happy to arrange additional activities based on your preferences – just email us at hello@treasurerome.com!

Welcome To Rome

Welcome To Rome is an exciting new experience…

The seat of the glorious Roman Empire, Rome is a city filled to the brim with history but much of it can be difficult to understand – there’s just too much information to sift through! Luckily there’s a new show in town that is introducing the city of Rome to visitors and locals alike: Welcome To Rome. This multimedia show resembles an IMAX theater but it also features 3D plastics that reconstruct some of the city’s most famous sites. In just one hour, the experience provides a great overview of Rome’s history and is a great place to start your visit to the city. It’s educational and entertaining so kids and adults will love it.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00-19:00 / Fri-Sun 10:00-21:00

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 203

Bioparco (Rome zoo)

Rome’s Villa Borghese park is best known for being home to the Galleria Borghese and its rich art collection but the park is also home to the Bioparco: Rome’s city zoo. Originally born in 1908, the zoo now has over 200 different animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians – from penguins and boa constrictors to giraffes and hippos. It also has a lush garden filled with mediterranean and exotic plants. For plant lovers, we also recommend visiting the Botanical Garden of Rome in Trastevere.

Hours: The zoo is open daily from morning to early evening. See hours here.

Address: Viale del Giardino Zoologico 20

 

Pizza Class

Food tours and cooking classes are great activities for children and adults alike! We can help arrange many fun walking food tours that will help you discover Rome’s culinary traditions but if you want to try your own hand at cooking, we’d suggest signing up for a pizza making class! During this experience, you’ll learn the art of being a pizzaiolo and the importance of using the best primary ingredients – vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and wheat for the dough – while you bake a delicious pie to enjoy afterwards! For more information, see our TreasureRome Experiences.

 

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese is one of Rome’s largest and most beloved parks: art lies around every corner and it’s full of fountains, museums, lookout points and more. If you’re in Rome on a sunny day, you could spend hours getting lost in Villa Borghese together with your family! One of the highlights includes the Laghetto (“little lake”) where you can rent row boats and take a little tour of this picturesque lake while swans swim by at your side. If you want a little exercise, you can also rent bikes or a rickshaw and ride through the park in a group! During the summer months, the Shakespeare Globe Theater puts on shows in a traditional wooden theater and of course you can’t miss admiring the city skyline from the Pincio, a large piazza at the edge of the park that looks out onto Piazza del Popolo.

 

Gladiator School

Rome is filled with ancient history so why not take the chance to live it rather than just admire it from afar? The Eternal City’s Gladiator School is run by the Gruppo Storico Romano and its a fun way to travel back in time and learn about the history of Rome’s ancient gladiators. Learn about the games of Imperial Rome, dress up in armor and simulate battles during this fun two hour experience.

The 6 Best Winter Experiences In Rome

It may sound surprising but we think winter is one of the best times to visit Rome. In December, the city is illuminated by the warm glow of Christmas lights and each church set up a beautiful nativity scene for locals and visitors to admire. In January and February, after the holidays, the crowds thin and many travelers are treated to spectacularly blue skies and easy access to the city’s main sites. And in March, the temperatures start to pick up but tourism remains low – meaning you’ll enjoy more of a local atmosphere as you tour the Eternal City.

Plus you’ll save on accommodations! TreasureRome apartment prices are lower in the “off season” and you can save even more when you book directly through our website. Take a look through our apartments to find the best fit for you and your family and get inspired with some of our favorite ways to enjoy Rome in the winter season!

 

1. Sip a cup of tea at Babingtons

Located at the foot of the Spanish Steps in one of the world’s most famous and beautiful piazzas, Babingtons is the place to be on chilly winter afternoons. The historic tea room celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018 and continues to attract artists, intellectuals and travelers to sip a warming cup of tea or coffee in its cozy wood-paneled rooms. The afternoon tea is a decadent affair, with a tiered tray filled with scones, tea sandwiches, biscuits and more, and we also love stopping by for eggs at breakfast. Babingtons is only a 5 minute walk from our Grazia Family Apartment!

2. Take an Italian Cooking Class

Italy is a country famed for its excellent culinary traditions so why not try your hand at making homemade pasta with your very own personal chef? There’s nothing more fun than spending time cooking up something delicious on a chilly winter day and then enjoying the fruits of your labor during a long leisurely lunch or dinner! TreasureRome works with a certified chef to arrange personalized cooking classes, private at-home dinners or special events (a birthday brunch, graduation lunch, wedding party or anniversary dinner!).

3. Take part in a VIP Shopping Experience

With its longstanding sartorial traditions, no visit to Italy would be complete without some shopping. We can arrange a very special shopping experience for our guests that introduces them to the world of Made in Italy products. The tour includes a visit to some of Rome’s premier artisan shops where you can order a handmade dress, custom-made shoes, customized jewelry and your very own unique leather purse.

4. Catch a show at the Rome Opera

Step into Rome’s elegant Teatro dell’Opera for an enchanting opera or ballet while you’re in the Eternal City. This 19th century opera house has an exciting calendar of events and wonderful shows during the winter season, including Swan Lake (28 December – 6 January), La Traviata (12 – 26 January), Carmen (2 – 10 February), Anne Bolena (20 February – 1 March) and Orfeo ed Euridice (15 March – 22 March).

Perhaps the most incredible aspect of Rome’s opera house is the affordability of the tickets. Seats in the upper gallery begin around €20-30 so don’t miss the chance to see a show. For the full program, see the Teatro dell’Opera website.

The Rome Opera is located close to several of TreasureRome apartments, including the Opera Residence and Colosseum Terrace Apartments.

5. Take a day trip to Naples

Vedi Napoli e poi Muori – See Naples and Die. The seaside city is one of the most mesmerizing in Italy and is enjoying a modern Renaissance thanks to a cleaned up image, the popularity of the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels and its strategic location as a gateway to Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and other attractions in southern Italy. Why not spend a day in Naples while you’re in Rome? The train is just over an hour or we can arrange a private driver and guide to accompany you while you explore this fascinating place. From Neapolitan pizza and Italy’s best coffee to Baroque architecture and sweeping views of Mount Vesuvius, there’s a lot to love about Napoli and it’s one of our favorite day-trips from Rome.

6. Enjoy a guided tour at the Vatican

The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are some of the most most iconic sites in the world but if you visit Rome in the winter, you’ll benefit from fewer crowds and more space to enjoy the art inside. TreasureRome works with engaging, licensed guides to take our guests throughout Rome so let us know you’re itinerary and we’ll be happy to curate a personalized schedule to fit your time and interests in the Eternal City!

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Where To Find The Best Gelato In Rome

A good gelato is always an excellent solution, not only when the heat is unbearable, but also during winter, spring, summer or autumn. And in Rome, enjoying an Italian gelato also means having the opportunity to admire the beauty of the city, nourishing the body and also the soul. Some of the most famous “gelateria” in Rome are in fact located in characteristic places to be discovered. Here is our tour of the best places for gelato in Rome (and what to see around)!

Gelateria La Romana

This famous ice cream parlor has two locations: one in the Ostiense district, the other one in Via Cola di Rienzo. And this offers a lot of opportunities: a good ice cream can be the end of a visit to the Vatican or to a day dedicated to shopping. Via cola di Rienzo is one of the most famous area of the city because it hosts many shops of all kinds. And in the neighboring streets there are several pizzerias and bars to try.

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Gelateria del Teatro

A few steps from the beautiful Piazza Navona, in the amazing Via dei Coronari: this ice cream parlor is surrounded by magical places and peculiar shops to discover. An ideal break before arriving at Castel Sant’Angelo or enjoying an evening in the pubs and restaurants of the alleys of the area, famous for its nightlife.

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Fior di luna

In the heart of Trastevere, in via della Lungaretta, this artisanal ice-cream parlor uses only small cups and pods. A perfect place to take refuge between a visit to Piazza Trilussa and a walk through the peculiar alleys of this district, that still keeps its unique features that have remained unchanged over time.

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Il gelato di San Crispino

This ice cream parlor is in Via della Panetteria, near the Trevi Fountain and not far from Via del Tritone, which houses one of the TreasureRome holiday apartments as well as many shops and bars. What’s better than eating a great ice cream while admiring one of the most famous fountains in the world? And then you can throw the coin that will guarantee you return to Rome!

gelato san crispino

How about following this very special “gelato tour” during your Roman holiday? You will certainly not be disappointed!

 

Day Trip To The Ninfa Gardens Near Rome

The Garden of Ninfa is a place that looks like it’s been taken out of a fairy-tale. An amazing park that tells the story of a ghost city and a noble family who decided to bring it to life.

Garden on Ninfa TR

Ninfa was once a prosperous town on the Appian Way, property of the Caetani family: in the XIV century it was probably populated by 2000 people. Its names comes from the little temple dedicated to the nymphs during the Roman period built in this area, at the foot of the Lepini Hills. There were various churches-Santa Maria Maggiore was the primary one- mills and bridges, a castle and a town hall. It was defended by a double-walled fortification. The town was destroyed in 1382 due to politics and family events. It remained abandoned until the 20th century, when the estate was renovated and the garden was transformed by Gelasio Caetani.

Ninfa is now an English-style romantic garden with a river and a lake, where ruins and nature coexist harmoniously. There are trees and plants, which come from all over the world, together with ancient contrunctions, that show how the city used to be. It’s an open-air museum and a magic place surrounded by mountains and at about 20 kilometers from the sea.

Garden of Ninfa

Ninfa is located in the province of Latina, at 80 kilometers from Rome, and it is definitely worth a visit: it’s an experience you won’t forget. There’s a really strange atmosphere there: you can listen to nature and enjoy its beauty and sounds. If you have time, you can also visit the 17th-century “Hortus conclusus”, an Italian- style garden a the end of the Garden of Ninfa route, and the nearby towns Norma and Sermoneta.

Garden of Ninfa

The site is run by the Italian Foundation Roffredo Caetani and it is open to the public at set times from April to November.  Visitors are accompanied by a guide and entrance tickets must be purchased online. Don’t miss this jewel of Italy’s history and magnificence.

The best tours to visit Rome (and skip the lines)

It’s love at first sight. Yes, we know how it happens: Rome is one of the most courted cities in the world. It’s easy to understand why: it’s beautiful, bright and offers a lot of things to do. But sometimes it’s not easy to choose where to start and what to see, because it can be crowded. And time never seems to be enough.

Here you find the three city tours we highly recommend for an exclusive visit of the Eternal City. The tours are organized by The Roman Guy, booking in advance is a must and can be done on their website.

  • Vatican Privileged Entrance Express Tour

Skip the line and get the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums and st. Peter’s Basilica with an expert tour guide. This tour will cover the main highlights of these two symbolic attractions, from a privileged point of view, which will leave you speechless. Would you say yes to the Sistine Chapel and other priceless masterpieces without the confusing crowd? Are you willing to see “La Pietà” by Michelangelo and the Papal Tombs Crypts? Wear  a pair of comfortable shoes and get ready for this adventure.

  • Arena Floor Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum

It’s the symbol of Rome and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern world. You can see the Colosseum from the outside, but it is definitely worth a visit on the inside. This “Gladiator’s Experience” tour will take you on a journey  into history: you skip the line and enter a restricted area as well, the reconstructed Arena Floor, which has special access requirements to the public. If you want to live a unique experience in a unique place, this is the right tour for you. Open your eyes and your heart!

  • Trastevere “Local” Food Tour

Monuments, museums, fountains are great, but food is another absolute must to add to your bucket list when in Rome. In order to avoid “tourist traps” and enjoy the real Roman cuisine, a guide will choose for you the best places in one of the most authentic neighbourhoods in Rome: Trastevere. You must be in shape and arrive with an empty stomach, because this tour will begin with an “Italian aperitivo” and finish with an artisanal ice-cream. 6 stops and 8 tastings are planned. Can you think about a better way to connect with locals?

If you don’t have enough time to try them all, there’s only one solution: visit Rome again soon!

Rome’s most visited sites in 2016

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: these are Italy’s most visited sites in 2016, according to the top 30 list issued by Mibact (the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism). But they are not the only ones in Rome. On the same list we also find Castel St.Angelo, the Borghese Gallery, the archaeological site of Ostia Antica, the villa D’Este in Tivoli and two sites which are probably not so popular: the National Roman Museum and the Baths of Caracalla.

The National Roman Museum

The National Roman Museum is really peculiar, because it is composed of four different buildings throughout the city: Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and Baths of Diocletian.

  • Crypta Balbi is situated between Piazza Venezia and Largo di Torre Argentina. It houses the archaeological remains of the Theatre of Lucius Cornelius Balbus and other objects from various collections.
  • Palazzo Altemps is located in Campo Marzo, close to Piazza Navona and hosts amazing collections of antiquities, like Greek and Roman sculptures, that in the 16th and 17th centuries belonged  to some families of the Roman nobility.
  • Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is close to the Termini train station: four floors of beautiful sculptures, mosaics, jewels, coins and grave ornaments.
  • Baths of Diocletian is a 13 hectar thermal complex, the biggest one ever built in Rome. It had a gymnasia, some libaries and a large swimming pool. Some rooms have been converted by Michelangelo into the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and the Christian Martyrs; there is also a Carthusian Monastery.
Baths of Diocletian (Photo credit: @eli2323-Instagram)

Baths of Diocletian (Photo credit: @eli2323-Instagram)

Baths of Caracalla

Baths of Caracalla (Terme di caracalla in Italian) is one of the largest and also well preserved ancient termal complex. Today it is possible to visit the ruins and have a walk sourronded by history: it’s definitely a place not to be missed. During the summer its central part hosts the Roma Opera company and it becomes even more captivating.

Baths of Caracalla (Photo credit: @alexbaccaro-Instagram)

Baths of Caracalla (Photo credit: @alexbaccaro-Instagram)

It’s not on the list, but we suggest trying something different after the most famous tourist sites in Rome: the Criminology Museum. It’s situated on via del Gonfalone (close to via Giulia) and houses a large collection of a lot of things crime-related. This museum has three section: the first one displays instruments of capital punishment (and it’s very impressive!); the second one is devoted to 19th century studies and police techniques; the third one is devoted to 20th century crime. If you are a thrill seeker, this place is right for you!

The Criminology Museum (Photo credit: @mrssparkles2020)

The Criminology Museum (Photo credit: @mrssparkles2020)

Rome is always a big surprise…Don’t you think?

 

Galleria Borghese: 5 reasons you should visit this awesome museum

The Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery in English) is one of Rome’s must-see museums: it is inside the Villa Borghese park and surrounded by the greenery and beauty of its gardens. The villa used to be the summer and party mansion of the Borghese family and now it belongs to the Italian state.

galleria-borghese-treasureromeFollowing are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it out!

  1. Famous paintings and sculptures of all time. You can admire some of the most famous works by Caravaggio, Bernini and Canova. The Boghese Gallery has two floors and a basement, where you cand find the ticket office, the Museum shop and a cafè. The main floor is mostly devoted to great sculptures like Bernini’s “Apollo and Daphne” and Canova’s “Pauline Bonaparte” and some of the major artworks by Caravaggio like “Boy with a basket of fruit”; the other one hosts 16th, 17th and 18th centuries paintings by Rubens, Raphael and Titian, among others.
  2. You can find different kinds of artworks: from Ancient Roman sculptures to the Egyptian art; from the Mannerist paintings of the 16th century to the breathtaking sculptures of 17th century. The villa itself is a piece of art: walls and ceilings are magnificently adorned.
  3. The museum is never really crowded, because they only allow 360 people at once. You must reserve in advance (booking requires for all ticket types) and choose the time you’ll be there: you have two hours to complete your visit.
  4. The museum is in the Villa Borghese park and you can have a walk before (or after) your visit, which is always a nice experience. 
  5. You can nourish your soul and spend a lovely morning or afternoon in one of the most beautiful places in the Eternal city, just a few steps away from its most famous monuments and piazzas.
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Bernini’s “Rape of Proserpina “

The Borghese Gallery is open Tuesday-sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. It is closed Mondays, December 25, January 1 and May 1. It is free the first Sunday of the month (but you need to book anyway). The Borghese Gallery is one of the sites available to visit with the Roma Pass. Audio guides are available for hire in Italian English, Spanish and German. For more information you can visit the website www.gebart.it.