Coppedè, an unmissable “hidden gem” in Rome

A magic place: if you close your eyes, it’s easy to imagine a world in miniature full of fairies and little folks. Even in a city that is the symbol of history and magnificence. This is the great secret of Coppedè, the neighborhood of Rome which hosts beautiful and peculiar buildings conceived by the architect Luigi “Gino” Coppedè in the 20s. A brave project, an unique mix of styles: liberty, neo-gothic, baroque and modernism.

Strategically located between Trieste and the Parioli districts, you can reach the heart of Coppedè passing through a really odd arch which hides a wrought-iron chandelier. This is the way to Piazza Mincio, the symbol of this amazing oasis of art, elegance and eccentricity. It seems to be covered by mystery: the Fontana delle Rane (Fountain of the frogs) is on the central part of a roundabout and was meant as a homage to Bernini’s works.

Walking on these streets is like being in a movie: every building has a story to tell through their frescos, details and different kinds of decorations. You can go and take a break from reality. Beyond the Coppedè neighborhood there are the Colosseum, the Fontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps, which everybody knows. But this is another, awesome story, that is worth discovering and experiencing.

10 cool (and unusual) things to do in Rome

“All Roads lead to Rome” is a really famous proverb. And sooner or later, you will need to visit the Eternal City: one of the most loved and admired city in the world. Once, twice, or maybe more: sometimes even Romans admit that they still have something to discover of their own city. If you stay in Rome for more than three days, or if you didn’t have the opportunity to see everything you wanted the first time you were there, here you find ten cool things to do off the beaten track. So you can really say: I know Rome.

  • Explore Passetto di Borgo, a small street which connects Castel Sant’Angelo to the Vatican: it’s a pedestrian area with lots of bars and nice restaurants.

  • Have a walk at the Ancient Appian Way, by foot or by bike, to breath history and authenticity.

  • Go around the magic neighborhood of Trastevere, losing yourself in its alleys. Then have a coffee at Bar Calisto, one of the most famous in the city.

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  • Have an Italian “aperitivo” in one of the bars between via della Pace and via Anima, close to the great Piazza Navona.
  • Visit the Musei Capitolini, to learn something more about the history of Rome.

  • Have a break at the Parco degli Acquedotti (Park of the Aqueducts), surrounded by nature and beautiful views.

  • Taste the traditional dishes of the Roman cuisine, like “spaghetti cacio e pepe” or “coda alla vaccinara”, in one of the typical tavern of Testaccio neighborhood.

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  • Try the “grattachecca”, the slush of Rome: for example the one made by “Sora Maria” in via Trionfale.

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  • Visit the archeological site of Ostia Antica and then go to Ostia beach.

  • Go across the Ponte della Musica (“Bridge of Music”) after a walk along the riverside.

Emotions and memories: that’s what Rome will leave you for sure.

Bomarzo, the Park of Monsters

This is a captivating horror story.

Once upon a time a beautiful wood, full of trees and plants, was turned into a scary and mysterious place. Monsters, dragons and strange fountains emerged from the ground and the legend says that they had the power to make people disappear…

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Don’t worry, that’s not true. This is what our imagination created about the Park of Monsters, also known as Villa of Marvels or Sacred Wood, a place that really exists. It is located in the village of Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo. It’s at about one hour by car from Rome, but it seems to be a world apart.

It was the 1552 and the Prince Vinicio Orsini, together with the architect Pirro Ligorio, decided to animate this wood with bizzarre sculptures: monsters, exotic animals, mythological figures, a funerary temple, fountains and obelisks. The Park of Monsters remained in oblivion until 1954 when Giovanni Bettini bought it and everything came back to life again.

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The Sacred Wood is a kind of labyrinth which almost envelops its visitors. It is a unique place, where fear and beauty go hand in hand. Now there are a total of 24 strange sculptures to be admired, including the stunning “Hanging House”.

It is not so big, but it’s a nice surprise because different from any other park you may know. There is a strange atmosphere and it is super interesting for both adults and kids. You only have to let your fantasy go wild!

The park of Monsters is open every day of the year and it is definitely worth a visit. Details on tickets and opening times can be checked at the Sacro Bosco website.

3 itinerari alternativi alla ricerca dell’essenza di Roma

Fontana di Trevi, il Colosseo, Piazza di Spagna. Luoghi unici al mondo. Il Gianicolo, il Pincio e lo Zodiaco: terrazze meravigliose che si affacciano sulla città. Storie, aneddoti e ricordi rendono questi angoli di Roma ancora più speciali. Ma ci sono anche altri itinerari che possono far innamorare della Città Eterna. Percorsi insoliti che attraversano quartieri, piazze e strade custodi della ‘romanità’ più autentica e per questo da sperimentare.

CINECITTA

Il nome di questo quartiere suggerisce già la sua attrazione principale: i famosi Studios, in cui sono stati girati circa tremila film sia nazionali che internazionali, la “Fabbrica dei sogni” tutta italiana che oggi è possibile visitare grazie al progetto “Cinecittà si mostra”.  Non è però l’unico luogo che si può visitare recandosi in questa zona fuori dal cuore della Città Eterna. Poco distante si trova infatti il suggestivo Parco degli Acquedotti, ideale per passeggiare, rilassarsi e godere della sua bellezza senza tempo.

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EUR

Un quartiere particolare, moderno, che ospita la Nuvola di Fuksas e il Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, anche chiamato “Colosseo Quadrato”, oggi quartier generale di Fendi. Ma l’EUR è conosciuto anche per il parco divertimenti che ha accompagnato generazioni di ragazzi e che ha da poco riaperto sotto nuove vesti- il Luneur-, per il Palazzo dei Congressi- dove si svolgono diverse fiere ed eventi-e per il suo laghetto che, circondato dal verde, è una meta piacevole da riscoprire in primavera. Come non ricordare poi i locali- bar, discoteche e ristoranti- che animano la movida romana?

Colosseo Quadrato (Photo credit: @david_conti1)

PIGNETO

Gli amanti del cinema d’autore sicuramente conosceranno il Pigneto per le scene del film “Accattone” di Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Il “Bar Necci” e la street art continuano a ricordare il grande regista, che qui aveva trovato un luogo d’ispirazione, ma il quartiere oggi è anche di più: è considerato tra i più “cool” d’Europa. Merito della sua anima vivace, dei locali in cui si può ascoltare musica dal vivo e gustare la cucina tradizionale romana, ma anche di quell’aria trendy e artistica che si fonde con quella Roma più autentica, vecchia e genuina. L’area pedonale è il centro della movida di sera e del mercato di giorno: cultura, tradizione, modernità e storia racchiuse in un’unica borgata.

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Discovering the ancient Rome’s seaport: Ostia

Nice beaches, a famous archaeological site and a lot of restaurants and bars overlooking the sea. If you are wondering where to go to the beach when in Rome, here you find the answer: Ostia is a large neighborhood which used to be the ancient port of the Eternal City. It is approximately 30 kilometres to the northeast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Ostia seaside (redits: @allofme_m)

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, so Ostia becomes a great place to discover. Not only can you organize a visit to the stunning archeological area of Ostia Antica, but you can also spend a day sunbathing and having fun.

Ostia Antica archaeological site

Locals use to hang out here, because Ostia is really close to the city: there is the regional Rome-Lido railway line which connects it to the centre of Rome.

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There are many nice establisments in the so-called “Lido di Ostia”, where you can eat fresh fish or simply have something to drink while enjoying a very beautiful view. During the Summer they attract a lot of people, because they turn into the heart of the Roman nightlife.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to appreciate Rome from a different point of view during your holiday: the one that makes it the perfect place to visit even in the hot summertime!

Discovering Rome: Villa Ada

Spring has just kicked off and Rome is full of colours and flowers. Parks are more and more crowded, because it is the easiest way to enjoy the sun, the colder air and the good season. If you want to meet locals and spend a day in a beautiful park as they usually do, you definitely have to go to Villa Ada.

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Villa Ada is a wide park measuring 182 hectares in the Parioli neighborhood and it’s the second larger in the city after Villa Doria Pamphilj. It was the home of the king vittorio Emanuele II during the first half of the century; now it houses the Egyptian Embassy in a private area. Romans love to spend some time in this park because it is the wildest one in the city. It is perfect for athletes, for couples, families and music lovers: the “Incontra il Mondo” festival plays here every Summer.

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There is also a really nice lake with fish and turtles; you can even rent canoe and bikes or ride horses. Moreover, the park’s “Monte Antenne”, with an altitude of 67 metres, gives a beautful view and the access to an ancient archaeological site.

“Incontra il Mondo” Festival. Photo credit: @vedronza-Instagram

Villa Ada is the right place if you want to relax, have a walk or eat something surrounded by nature and peace. If you want to enjoy the real Roman life, you just can’t miss this natural oasis of the Eternal city.

 

Airports in Rome: all that you need to know

Your dream has just come true. You have finally planned your holiday in Rome! Now it’s time to book your flight: here you find all the information you need before you fly here.

AIRPORTS

Rome has two airports: Fiumicino and Ciampino.

Leonardo Da Vinci airport, also known as “Fiumicino”, because it is located in the town of Fiumicino on the coast, is the major port of call for intercontinental as well as european and national flights. It is about 40 kilometers from the city.

G. B. Pastine airport, also known as “Ciampino” from the town name where it is located, is about 25 kilometers from the city center. Flights on smaller, budget or charter carriers land here.

 

HOW TO GET INTO ROME FROM FIUMICINO AIRPORT

TRAIN

You can take the Leonardo Express, the direct train service for Rome’s main station Termini. The trains run every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the hours, from 6.23 am to 11.23 pm (5.35 am-10.35 pm from Roma Termini) They take about 30 minutes and the cost is €14. There are also local trains from Fiumicino which stops in Rome Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana, Tiburtina.

BUS

There are many bus lines to Rome Termini station, which are quite cheap (€4-6 one way) For example, Tambus, Sit Bus Shuttle or Terravision.

TAXI/CAR SERVICE

You can take a white metered taxi: the official fare is €48 baggage included. You can also use “MyTaxi” app, which gives you the opportunity to book and pay online (and you get a €20 voucher for free). Otherwise you can hire a private car service (like NCC). Our guests who book one of our holiday apartments directly has the airport transfer on arrival free of charge.

HOW TO GET INTO ROME FROM CIAMPINO AIRPORT

METRO

This is the cheapest way (even the less comfortable one) to get into Rome. With a single €1,50 ticket you can take the local bus to the Anagnina  metro station and then the line A of the metro to arrive to Termini station.

BUS

You can take one of the bus lines to Termini station, like Tearravision, Sit Bus Shuttle or Schiaffini. The cost of the ticket is between €4-6 one way.

TAXI

The easiest way to get into Rome is the white metered taxi. The official fare is €35 one way. You can also use “MyTaxi” app, which gives you the opportunity to book and pay online (and you get a €20 voucher for free). Otherwise you can hire a private car service (like NCC). Our guests who book one of our holiday apartments directly has the airport transfer on arrival free of charge.


Now you only have to enjoy Rome, that will welcome you with beauty, history and a lot of things to do!

 

5 cose da fare a Roma in primavera

Il peggio è passato e il freddo è ormai un ricordo. Roma comincia a rifiorire, un sole caldo riempie le giornate e piacevoli profumi inebriano l’aria.

Sì, forse la primavera è la stagione migliore per visitare la Città Eterna: nonostante non sia per niente facile stilare una classifica di tutto ciò che si può fare in città in primavera, ecco le 5 appuntamenti che noi non perdiamo mai!

I Natali di Roma

Quando nasce una dea tutti le devono rendere omaggio, è una legge non scritta tra le sfere celesti. E così deve essere: il 21 Aprile si celebrano i Natali di Roma e tanti cittadini, romani e non,  rendono il doveroso saluto alla città madre dell’occidente.

Ogni anno tra le vie del centro storico sfilano volontari del gruppo  storico romano che con rappresentazioni suggestive rievocano i fasti dell’antica Roma.  Se avete deciso di passare per Roma, ricordatevi che questo è il suo 2770 compleanno.

Hanami di Roma

Un angolo  di Giappone all’Eur. Se siete amanti dell’oriente, non potete assolutamente esimervi da una visita al famoso laghetto dell’Eur, dove si trovano 2500 Ciliegi che il Giappone donò all’Italia il 20 luglio 1959.

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Un bellissimo posto dove fare una passaggiata, ammirare i ciliegi in fiore e magari, praticare un pò di canotaggio in una delle numerose associazioni presenti sulle sponde del lago.

Lancio di Rose al Pantheon

Ogni tradizione che si rispetti si ripete ogni anno, e così il prossimo 4 giugno una pioggia di rose scenderà all’interno del PantheonQuesta ricorrenza segna la fine delle Pentecoste e risale all’insediamento dei primi cristiani a Roma. La Rosa rappresentava infatti  rappresentava lo Spirito Santo ed era il simbolo del sangue versato dal Crocefisso per la redenzione dell’umanità.

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In origine petali di rose venivano fatti cadere sui fedeli dal lucernaio della cupola dell’antico Pantheon a simboleggiare le lingue di fuoco della sapienza. Uno spettacolo davvero unico, che ogni anno richiama moltissimi turisti e romani.

Roseto Comunale

Il 21 aprile per i romani è una data importante: non solo per il natale della propria città, ma anche perchè segna l’apertura del Roseto comunale. Situato nei pressi del Circo Massimo ad ingresso gratuito, il Roseto ospita 1.100 le varietà di rose botaniche, antiche e moderne, provenienti da tutto il mondo. Da non perdere le rose botaniche, risalenti a più di 40 milioni di anni fa.

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Con un panorama invidiabile il Roseto non vi deluderà.

Pic-nic a Villa Ada

Felici, ma stanchi, perché reduci da una settimana di code ai musei, tour dei monumenti e visite di tanti angoli paticolari di Roma? Concedetevi una giornata di riposo e approfittate di uno dei numerosi parchi che Roma offre e organizzate un pic nic! Villa Ada è un parco situato nel quadrante nord di Roma, con una storia millenaria: è il punto in cui si uniscono i due fiumi di Roma, Aniene e Tevere: ai romani piace passeggiare tra i sentieri di questo parco, trovare ristoro all’ombra e mangiare in compagnia qualcosa preparato a casa, o semplicemente una pizza con la mortadella.

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Bambini, giovani, aspiranti giocolieri, atleti, padroni con i cani a passaggio e anziani sulle panchine: una fenomenologia degli abitanti della Città Eterna!

Visiting Rome in the moonlight

Rome is a city of multiple faces. It can be funny, cozy, chaotic; you can see it from different points of view. But when the night falls, the Eternal City becomes absolutely fantastic.

These are three places you can’t miss under the moonlight!

PONTE SANT’ANGELO (Bridge of Angels)

There’s no doubt that Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the most suggestive places in Rome. And Ponte Sant’Angelo Bridge, or “Bridge of Angels”, is amazing during the night. It’s full of lights and you can enjoy a breath-taking view from every angle. Take a walk there and give yourself the opportunity to have a private moment of relax and delight.

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VIA DI MONTE TESTACCIO (Monte Testaccio street)

Testaccio (Mountain of crock) is one of Rome’s most famous neighborhood. It is situated in an area which used to be the harbour of Ancient Rome and it takes its name from the huge numbers of broken amphorae that were left there. Now Via di Monte Testaccio is the beating heart of the Roman movida!

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THE JEWISH GHETTO

The Roman Jewish Ghetto is one of the most ancient in the world and it is stunning after the sunset. Its atmosphere is really unique, almost magical. The Synagogue and the Portico d’Ottavia, from Ancient Rome, seem to embrace  all the people who look at them. Walking onto its streets is really a beautiful experience. But you can also choose to have a dinner there, in one of the Jewish restaurants that locals love.

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Three different places with one feature in common: they represent the spirit of the Eternal City.

 

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!