5 Hidden Treasures of Rome You Must Discover

In recent years, we have accompanied several groups throughout Italy and have discovered some true off-the-beaten-path treasures that have truly enchanted us. Today, we’re heading to Rome. A trip to Rome always promises wonderful days under the sign of la dolce vita. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome’s most visited attractions, we share our five favorite spots that will not leave you indifferent.

  1. Villa Farnesina

 A hidden treasure in Trastevere, we fell in love with this sublime villa, a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. This magnificent villa was built between 1506 and 1510 by the pope’s banker, Agostino Chigi. To assert his social position and wealth, Agostino Chigi called upon the greatest artists of the time, including Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, and Baldassarre Peruzzi, to create the beautiful frescoes of the loves of Psyche and Cupid, as well as the fresco of Galatea. This perfectly preserved villa amazed us with the beauty and harmony of its colorful frescoes and its unique soul that takes us back to a sumptuous past.

Address: Villa Farnesina, Via della Lungara 230

 

  1. The Jewish Quarter and the Turtle Fountain

The Jewish quarter of Rome, also known as the Ghetto, is a historic district located in the center of Rome, near the Tiber. It is one of the oldest Jewish quarters in Europe. We love to get lost in this small neighborhood where cobblestone streets, picturesque squares, and historic buildings preserve the memory of the past. Nearby is the Jewish Museum of Rome, which traces the history and culture of the Roman Jewish community. Don’t miss the Turtle Fountain. The Turtle Fountain is one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome. Built between 1581 and 1588 by Taddeo Landini, based on a design by Giacomo della Porta, and in 1688, turtles sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini were added. Historically, the Turtle Fountain was built at a time when the Mattei family, one of the most influential families in Rome, wanted to embellish the district with public works to show their social status and power. The fountain was not just a decorative element but also a vital source of drinking water for the inhabitants of the neighborhood.

Address: Piazza Mattei, 5

  1. The Aventine and the Keyhole

On one of Rome’s 7 hills, we suggest visiting the Aventine Hill. You will arrive at a beautiful garden with an incredible view of the city. Don’t miss the main attraction of the hill, the Keyhole of the Knights of Malta. Looking through this keyhole, you will discover an extraordinary perspective of St. Peter’s Basilica. We recommend arriving early in the morning or later in the evening as this spot is starting to become more popular.

Address: Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 3, 00153 Rome, Italy

 

  1. The Monti District

The Monti district is one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods in Rome. It is still preserved from mass tourism and offers a perfect symbiosis between modernity and history. We love this district for its bohemian ambiance, positive and arty atmosphere. Monti exerts undeniable appeal to both Roman residents and tourists due to the charm of its picturesque streets, the bustle of its trattorias, trendy terraces, and its pool of creators and art galleries. Don’t forget to visit the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, which houses the famous Moses by Michelangelo.

Address: Located between the Imperial Forums and the Termini Station

 

  1. Palace of Italian Civilization

This impressive building left us speechless and we recommend visiting it during your stay in Rome. Nicknamed the “Square Colosseum” by the Romans, it was originally built for the 1942 Rome World’s Fair, which never took place. The monumental building has appeared in numerous films, notably by Fellini. Today, the Palace houses the headquarters of the Fendi fashion house.

Address: Quadrato della Concordia