Rome is known for the obvious attractions – The Colloseam, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican to name a few – but we found the most character in the unperturbed corners of the city. Here is a list of 7 underrated stops in Rome.
1. Walk the Streets of Trastevere
The Trastevere neighborhood is lined in ivy with cafes and bars lining the narrow streets. The area is known for being more bohemian, attracting hostel-goers and young travelers on a budget. While Rome known for being an ancient city, this neighborhood is vivacious and fresh.
2. Gelateria Del Teatro
This is the best gelato you will ever have in my life, I swear on dairy itself. If you have ever dreamt of enjoying this classic Italian treat in the place where it comes from, then this is the spot for you. They have all of the classics and a few unique flavors. I highly suggest the stracciatella (similar to chocolate chip) or the sage raspberry. Everything is homemade each day. OMG. Click here to visit their website.
3. History in the little places!
There is so much history all around you in Rome that it can be overwhelming. For me, some of the most impactful historical points of interest were the ones that I would have never expected. Check out this who-knows-how-old “graffiti” carved into marble at the idyllic Piazza di Santa Maria in the Trastevere neighborhood.
4. Antica Salumeria
Eat a cheap sandwich and sample salume di tartufo (truffle salami) with a view of the Pantheon. Trust me. It is delicious.
5. Grab a Snack at Obicà Mozzarella Bar
Obicà Mozzarella Bar is nearby the Trevi Fountain and offers classic Italian style espresso drinks, croissants (brioche in Italian), as well as the obvious, mozzarella. A cappuccino and a brioche will put you back only 3 euros.
6. Listen to Live Music in an Off-the-Beaten-Path Piazza
Rome has many large piazzas with tourists, but it also has several smaller ones a short walk away from the city center. Our favorites were Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere and Piazza Navona.
7. Have a Picnic on Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill in Rome overlooks the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Admission is included with tickets to the Colosseum, so make sure you stick around before or after your tour to make the most of the views.