Strolling through the ancient streets, passing little shops, broken walls or old doors, which have already lost half of their painting...
History is all over the place, and everything becomes "picturesque" or scenic, here in Rome.
There are so many beautiful things to see!
Ancient Romans accompany you on every step through the narrow streets of the Italian metropolis. There is for example the Colosseum, the famous amphitheatre, build by the Roman emperor Vespasian, where the gladiators fought against lions or even sea battles took place.
Then there is the Vatican with the St. Peter's Basilica and the huge Vatican Museums, the famous Trevi Fountain, where Anita Ekberg plashed in the water in the 1960ties film "la Dolce Vita", the monumental Piazza Venezia, etc.
But there are still some hidden, not so well known places in Rome. Beautiful and sometimes not really easy to find.
Near to the Colosseum there is a little park, the Colle del Oppio. It's just a small green hill, but Romans love to take a walk here on Sunday Morning, they come with their kids, play football and have a drink. This is still an "authentic roman" place, where people of the neighbourhood actually meet, come together, have "un caffè" and talk a while with the owner of the little bar, an elderly lady, before going home to have dinner with the family.
Not far from here you can find Case Romane, the excavated rests of hundreds of years old houses in the underground.
Very interesting and kind of a bit spooky is the crypt of a convent (Nostra Signora della Concezione dei Cappuccini), near to the metro station Barberini. Skeletons of monks who lived here, dead hunderts of years ago, have been used to decorate the chapels in the underground of the church.
Compared to the majority of the roman churches full of gold and treasures, the little San Pietro in Montorio, on top of the Gianicolo Hill in Trastevere, is humble and inconspicuous, but I love the two angels, standing right in the middle of the apsis. I was wondering at first, why the Spanish Embassy is located right here, next to this little church on the hill. Then I found out, that the church has been founded by the catholic kings Isabella and Ferdinand.
And last but not least: Rome is full of ice cream shops.
This is no wonder, because ice cream has a long history in Italy and the Italian ice cream is really, really delicious. Every tourist guide book proposes several of the most famous ice cream parlours. They are good, but normally full of other tourists, who apparently had the same guidebook, already waiting there. I found one little shop in the middle of the Monti neighbourhood, with a delicious variety of ice creams and no tourists at all: the Fatamorgana (Piazza degli Zingari).
My tip: try "kissed by a prince", so yummy!
Travel Tip shared by Nicole