Usually, most tourists that are heading to Rome, the Eternal City stay nearby the city and historic center where one can find the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and many more of the iconic sights. But – there is much more to Rome then only the city center. If you want to discover the cities less-known but much more authentic neighborhoods, we have go the right guide for you! Get lost in one of the charming streets and explore Rome the different way, off the beaten tourist tracks!
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Nearby the ancient Roman ruins you will find this hip neighborhood that has a very mixed variety of people living there: 2 American universities make the district very young, lively and also international. But at the same time, Roman hipsters have settled to Trastevere as well since the many trendy bars, clubs and restaurants opened their doors there.
If you are less into dancing the night away and hanging with the young crowd, go to Trastevere on a Sunday. Here you will find the biggest flea market in Rome which offers anything ranging from antiquities to flowers and books. While you are there, enjoy a tasty Italian meal at the Piazza Santa Maria!
Our tip: See the Baroque architecture of Rome under the magic of moonlight on a 3-hour sunset walking tour of its piazzas. Experience the famous “La Dolce Vita” in the city’s public sitting rooms, such as the Piazza di Spagna, Piazza di Trevi, and Piazza Navona.
Much more hidden away and not too hip yet, this is THE neighborhood if you are looking to mingle with locals and sit on piazzas, eating amazing ice cream with no other person being foreign but you. Other then Trastevere, you get a feel for this former ‘slum’ which has developed to a chic district, with nice restaurants for alfresco dining and many boutiques that will make you want to spend an entire afternoon in the small tucked away shops near the Piazza della Madonna.
This small village just next to the Colosseum but yet so far away allows you to spend a quiet evening away from the tourist trouble!
Our tip: Climb aboard a vintage Vespa for a 4-hour tour of Rome and experience the essence of Italy’s “La Dolce Vita.” Admire some of the Eternal City’s top attractions and neighborhoods, such as Trastevere, the Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, and more.
Here, it is all about food. Again, not quite popular with tourists yet as there are none of the famous attractions to find in Testaccio, the neighborhood was established around the Monte Testaccio, an artificial mountain build out of terracotta tiles. What is really exciting about this neigborhood though is the food. The real, Italian cuisine was born here!
From delicious mouthwatering pasta to sweet treats – Testaccio has got the best restaurants to offer when it comes to authentic meals with fair prices. But not only restaurants like Flavio al Velavevodetto are popular with locals, one of the best deli’s called Volpetti, can be found here. Whatever your heart wishes for, you find it here: meats, cold cuts, cheese and other specialities will make each food friend fall in love with this charming neighborhood.
Our tip: Enjoy world-famous Fettuccine Alfredo at a true restaurant of the stars in the heart of Rome’s old city. Choose between a lunch with or without an aperitif, a full dinner, or a cooking class before signing Alfredo alla Scrofa’s illustrious guestbook.
This is the place when it comes to urban street life mixed with suburban chaos and a bit of artistic flair throughout – Pigneto has it all: From its inhabitants ranging from young hipster to immigrants or real Romans that have been living here for decades, the neighborhood will make you explore every corner of it. In its pedestrian only zone (isola pedonale) you will find so much to see as the crowd buys delicious goods at the nearby farmers market, poets sit in coffee shops and families eat their gelato in one of the many gelaterias.
Our tip: Explore Rome like a Roman emperor on a 1.5-hour walking tour of the imperial sites, and discover ruins that date back more than 2,750 years. Then, experience the city’s La Dolce Vita with a pre-Ancient Rome aperitif of olives, cheese, wine and more.