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La guida di Giorgio - a little bit off the beaten paths

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La guida di Giorgio - a little bit off the beaten paths

Visite turistiche
I am not going to recommend that you should visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican museums (which by the way are open also in the evenings if you want to avoid the queue, and free the last Sunday of the month), Castel Sant’Angelo, Colosseo and Fori, the Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi and so on, you already know that. These are some suggestions of places, a bit less popular and hopefully less crowded than the above mentioned, to help you enjoy Rome if you still have time left or are interested in particular aspects of the Eternal City. Would you like to have a ride on Vespa? Just ask us!
Take the metro until Ostiense station. Step down there, and direct yourself to the super romantic Non-Catholic Cemetery (please check the opening times!). You will also have a spot at the Pyramid of Caio Cestio (we aren’t in Egypt, right?). Then climb the Aventine Hill up to Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, designed by the great 18th century architect Piranesi, where likely after a small queue you will be able to spot St. Peter’s Dome through the keyhole of the Malta Knights’ Gardens. They say it is the only place in the world where your sight spans through three States :) Then visit the Santa Sabina church, one of the oldest and most magnificent in its simplicity you will find in Rome, and take a rest in the romantic Giardino degli Aranci, enjoying the breathtaking view.
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Aventinen
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Take the metro until Ostiense station. Step down there, and direct yourself to the super romantic Non-Catholic Cemetery (please check the opening times!). You will also have a spot at the Pyramid of Caio Cestio (we aren’t in Egypt, right?). Then climb the Aventine Hill up to Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, designed by the great 18th century architect Piranesi, where likely after a small queue you will be able to spot St. Peter’s Dome through the keyhole of the Malta Knights’ Gardens. They say it is the only place in the world where your sight spans through three States :) Then visit the Santa Sabina church, one of the oldest and most magnificent in its simplicity you will find in Rome, and take a rest in the romantic Giardino degli Aranci, enjoying the breathtaking view.
Step down at Repubblica metro station, and refresh yourself with a delicious cannolo siciliano at Pasticceria Dagnino, via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 75. Start your visit from Santa Maria della Vittoria where, in the Baroque Cappella Cornaro, which is set up like a theater’s stage, you will admire Bernini’s Estasi di Santa Teresa. Let us know your comments about this unique piece of art from one of the most shining examples of Italian genius. Then continue your path all the way down Via XX Settembre, to admire Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Bernini’s Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, almost in front of the wonderful Quirinale Terrace. An immersive experience that took you directly back to 17th century, right? Please check the opening times of the churches not to be disappointed if you will find them closed. If you have some time left, we would recommend to visit the museum at Palazzo Massimo, reasonably close to Termini as well, not so famous but definitely worth a visit to finish your journey back to Ancient Rome time.
Via Venti Settembre
Step down at Repubblica metro station, and refresh yourself with a delicious cannolo siciliano at Pasticceria Dagnino, via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 75. Start your visit from Santa Maria della Vittoria where, in the Baroque Cappella Cornaro, which is set up like a theater’s stage, you will admire Bernini’s Estasi di Santa Teresa. Let us know your comments about this unique piece of art from one of the most shining examples of Italian genius. Then continue your path all the way down Via XX Settembre, to admire Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Bernini’s Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, almost in front of the wonderful Quirinale Terrace. An immersive experience that took you directly back to 17th century, right? Please check the opening times of the churches not to be disappointed if you will find them closed. If you have some time left, we would recommend to visit the museum at Palazzo Massimo, reasonably close to Termini as well, not so famous but definitely worth a visit to finish your journey back to Ancient Rome time.
You can reach the top of this wonderful hill by walk from our place. It is recommended that you start your visit from the terrace on top of the hill, from where you will have one of the best views in the world spanning the whole city center. From there you can cherry pick the places you want to see during your stay in Rome! Then head towards Villa Lante with its wonderful Loggia by Giulio Romano, honestly one of the most beautiful spots in Rome. It is the head office of the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, It can be visited on weekdays in the morning from 9 to 12. Other must see places along the Passeggiata del Gianicolo are the Tempietto del Bramante close to the church of San Pietro in Montorio, a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture, and the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola (Fontanone del Gianicolo). Do you remember the opening scene of La Grande Bellezza? Be careful not to be killed by the overwhelming beauty there…
Passeggiata del Gianicolo
You can reach the top of this wonderful hill by walk from our place. It is recommended that you start your visit from the terrace on top of the hill, from where you will have one of the best views in the world spanning the whole city center. From there you can cherry pick the places you want to see during your stay in Rome! Then head towards Villa Lante with its wonderful Loggia by Giulio Romano, honestly one of the most beautiful spots in Rome. It is the head office of the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, It can be visited on weekdays in the morning from 9 to 12. Other must see places along the Passeggiata del Gianicolo are the Tempietto del Bramante close to the church of San Pietro in Montorio, a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture, and the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola (Fontanone del Gianicolo). Do you remember the opening scene of La Grande Bellezza? Be careful not to be killed by the overwhelming beauty there…
You will find Caravaggio masterpieces at the Vatican museums, at the Galleria Borghese (definitely worth a visit, but must be booked in advance) and at the Musei Capitolini among others. But Rome is the only place in the world where you can see some of the most beautiful Caravaggio paintings from free. Start from the neighborhood of Sant’Eustachio close to Piazza Navona, and enter the San Luigi dei Francesi church. In the last chapel on the left, Cappella Contarelli, you will find some of the finest 17th centuries canvas belonging to the so called “San Matteo Cycle”. After a small break for a coffee at Sant’Eustachio, continue to the less crowded Basilica di Sant’Agostino, where you can see frescoes by Raffaello and the Madonna di Loreto by Caravaggio, that acted as the protector of prostitutes at the time (!). Finally, hold back to Via del Corso and Piazza del Popolo, and enter the marvelous Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo, also shown in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, with the wonderful Chigi and Cerasi chapels, the latter again with key moments of Saint Paul and Peter’s lives depicted by Caravaggio. At the end of the tour, don't forget to go uphill on the Pincio Terrace, one of the best panoramic views in Rome (and possibly in the world).
Sant'Eustachio
You will find Caravaggio masterpieces at the Vatican museums, at the Galleria Borghese (definitely worth a visit, but must be booked in advance) and at the Musei Capitolini among others. But Rome is the only place in the world where you can see some of the most beautiful Caravaggio paintings from free. Start from the neighborhood of Sant’Eustachio close to Piazza Navona, and enter the San Luigi dei Francesi church. In the last chapel on the left, Cappella Contarelli, you will find some of the finest 17th centuries canvas belonging to the so called “San Matteo Cycle”. After a small break for a coffee at Sant’Eustachio, continue to the less crowded Basilica di Sant’Agostino, where you can see frescoes by Raffaello and the Madonna di Loreto by Caravaggio, that acted as the protector of prostitutes at the time (!). Finally, hold back to Via del Corso and Piazza del Popolo, and enter the marvelous Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo, also shown in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, with the wonderful Chigi and Cerasi chapels, the latter again with key moments of Saint Paul and Peter’s lives depicted by Caravaggio. At the end of the tour, don't forget to go uphill on the Pincio Terrace, one of the best panoramic views in Rome (and possibly in the world).
Consider spending 2-3 hours in the Musei Capitolini, the most ancient and probably best positioned museum in the world, where you will get a true scent of Roman history spanning 20 centuries. Among the other City museums of Rome, Palazzo Massimo and Palazzo Altemps are definitely worth a visit if you have time. Art galleries such as Galleria Colonna and Galleria Doria Pamphilj are great spots depending on your tastes. In any case, consider that you will not be able to see everything Rome has to offer, so you will have to come back again and again!
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Kapitolinska Museerna
1 Piazza del Campidoglio
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Consider spending 2-3 hours in the Musei Capitolini, the most ancient and probably best positioned museum in the world, where you will get a true scent of Roman history spanning 20 centuries. Among the other City museums of Rome, Palazzo Massimo and Palazzo Altemps are definitely worth a visit if you have time. Art galleries such as Galleria Colonna and Galleria Doria Pamphilj are great spots depending on your tastes. In any case, consider that you will not be able to see everything Rome has to offer, so you will have to come back again and again!
If you are into archeology and want to spend half a day outside the city, I am sure you will find this small Pompei quite interesting.
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Ostia Antica
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If you are into archeology and want to spend half a day outside the city, I am sure you will find this small Pompei quite interesting.
Romantic, unique spot at sunset. Has to be coupled with a walk or bike tour on the Appia Antica.
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Aqueduct park
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Romantic, unique spot at sunset. Has to be coupled with a walk or bike tour on the Appia Antica.
You cannot leave Rome without taking the Baroque's route, sightseeing the most important Bernini and Borromini's works of art. These architects shaped what in the 17th century was the fanciest and classiest city in the world. What you cannot miss: - Piazza Navona with Sant'Agnese in Agone facade and the Fountain of the Four Rivers - Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza and his unique, super elegant dome (one of my favorite in Rome) - Via XX Settembre and its churches - Ponte Sant'Angelo and its statues - The world famous Galleria Prospettica and its illusionism, in Palazzo Spada - The Spada Chapel in the San Girolamo della Carità Church (might not be Borromini, but still the Baroque's genius at its finest!) - The Oratorio dei Filippini and Santa Maria in Vallicella - The Propaganda Fide Palace and Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
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St. Ivo alla Sapienza
40 Corso del Rinascimento
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You cannot leave Rome without taking the Baroque's route, sightseeing the most important Bernini and Borromini's works of art. These architects shaped what in the 17th century was the fanciest and classiest city in the world. What you cannot miss: - Piazza Navona with Sant'Agnese in Agone facade and the Fountain of the Four Rivers - Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza and his unique, super elegant dome (one of my favorite in Rome) - Via XX Settembre and its churches - Ponte Sant'Angelo and its statues - The world famous Galleria Prospettica and its illusionism, in Palazzo Spada - The Spada Chapel in the San Girolamo della Carità Church (might not be Borromini, but still the Baroque's genius at its finest!) - The Oratorio dei Filippini and Santa Maria in Vallicella - The Propaganda Fide Palace and Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Arrive there after exploring Via Urbana and the Rione Monti neighborhood, climbing the Scalinata dei Borgia (Via Cavour 256)
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Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
4/a Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli
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Arrive there after exploring Via Urbana and the Rione Monti neighborhood, climbing the Scalinata dei Borgia (Via Cavour 256)
Must see: - The Cappella Carafa, with masterpiece frescoes by Filippino Lippi - Beato Angelico's tomb - Michelangelo's Christ with church
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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
42 Piazza della Minerva
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Must see: - The Cappella Carafa, with masterpiece frescoes by Filippino Lippi - Beato Angelico's tomb - Michelangelo's Christ with church
Other churches in the area worth a visit are Santa Cecilia, San Crisogono and its underground, San Cosimato and its cloister
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Santa Maria in Trastevere
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Other churches in the area worth a visit are Santa Cecilia, San Crisogono and its underground, San Cosimato and its cloister
Beautiful cloister and unique underground, where you could really appreciate all the stratifications that made this city what it is now across the ages. And discover Mithra and his fascinating story...
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St. Clement Basilica
95 Via Labicana
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Beautiful cloister and unique underground, where you could really appreciate all the stratifications that made this city what it is now across the ages. And discover Mithra and his fascinating story...
Chiesa del Gesù
16 Via degli Astalli
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Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola
8A Via del Caravita
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Offerta gastronomica
These are our (relatively up to date) favorite spots to eat out and have gelato close or not very far from our place. Possibly out of the touristic routes!
Typical roman cuisine at affordable prices. Conveniently placed close to Battistini metro station. Discounts available with online bookings (ask us for details!)
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La locanda di tizia e caio
11 Via Mattia Battistini
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Typical roman cuisine at affordable prices. Conveniently placed close to Battistini metro station. Discounts available with online bookings (ask us for details!)
Typical roman cuisine and pizza at affordable prices. 10 minute walk from our place. Discounts available with online bookings (ask us for details!)
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Lo Zio Frankie
56-58 Via Domenico Tardini
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Typical roman cuisine and pizza at affordable prices. 10 minute walk from our place. Discounts available with online bookings (ask us for details!)
Probably the best gelato place in town. One shop also close to Piazza Cavour
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Neve di Latte - Roma Flaminio
6 Via Luigi Poletti
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Probably the best gelato place in town. One shop also close to Piazza Cavour
The queue does not lie. Definitely worth and can be reached by walk from our place.
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Gelateria La Romana
2 Via Cola di Rienzo
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The queue does not lie. Definitely worth and can be reached by walk from our place.
No bookings, no frills. Probably our favorite place for Roman pizza in town (if you are looking for Neapolitan pizza, either take a train and go to Naples or ask us).
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Ivo a Trastevere
158 Via di S. Francesco a Ripa
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No bookings, no frills. Probably our favorite place for Roman pizza in town (if you are looking for Neapolitan pizza, either take a train and go to Naples or ask us).