Hidden Travel Gems of Rome

Rome is replete with major tourist attractions, but even here there are several places which are often overlooked by the traveler. These “hidden gems” are just as satisfying as some of the more famous sights but they are less crowded and allow more careful scrutiny (Walking Tour available for $1.49 on website).

Campo de Fiori — The “field of flowers” was once Rome’s flower market. Now it is an interesting open-air market offering food, flowers, and a variety of other trinkets.

Campo de Fiori

Trastevere — This district of Rome used to be the “other side of the tracks,” but now it is safe, quaint, and pleasant to stroll through.

Piazza in Trastevere

Bernini’s Elephant Statue — There are many Egyptian obelisks in the city of Rome. This one sits atop a Bernini sculpture outside the Santa Maria sopra Minerva Church, near the Pantheon.

Bernini Elephant Statue

Michelangelo’s Moses — Inside San Pietro in Vincoli Church (St Peter in Chains) is one of Michelangelo’s most beautiful sculptures. The church can be found not far from the Colosseum, but, be warned, it is only open at limited times of the day.


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