Rome is one of those cities, where every turn you take, reveals another beautiful discovery…
Whether it’s a quaint little church you’ve never come across, a calm peaceful square with a flowing fountain, or a street of cafes filled with the smell of freshly cooked pasta dishes, you will always find sights which are just begging to be photographed.
Of course, attractions like the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain are always amazing, no matter how many times you see them, but sometimes the swarms of tourists can become a little overwhelming.
Some of my favourite spots in Rome aren’t necessarily the places you’ve heard of before, but places where you can get a bit more peace and quiet, and really enjoy the moment!
So let me share with you the four places I would always recommend taking a trip to…
4. Isola Tiberina
Isola Tiberina, or Tiber Island to us English speakers, is the only island in the middle of the Tiber River which runs through Rome.
It’s shrouded in mystery, with many legends as to how the island came to exist. Now, there isn’t too much to see in the way of touristy sights, but I like the peace which can be found there.
Sit on the bridge, watch the people go by, and have a break from the crowds.
3. Baths of Caracella
I honestly have no idea why this isn’t a more popular attraction!
After a rather stressful morning at the Colosseum, we decided to stroll over to these ancient Roman ruins, and there must have been about 10 people there in total! Including us!
As the second largest public baths in Ancient Rome, these ruins are a really interesting place to visit. You can still make out the different rooms where people would come to bathe and relax.
After a wander, we spent an hour sitting under the trees of the garden, winding down after a long day of walking.
It was lovely to be in the centre of Rome, but without a tourist group or selfie stick in sight!
2. Palatine Hill/The Forum
I know that the Colosseum is probably the most famous landmark in Rome.
It’s the image which you see on 80% of the postcards and it really defines this beautiful city.
However, I really think that the Forum, which lies a stone’s throw away, is the real star.
Don’t get me wrong, the Colosseum is incredibly impressive and such a sight to behold, but prepare to be swept away by crowds and crowds of tourists. While the Forum is often still busy, it’s nowhere near as hectic and there’s actually a lot more to see in my view!
From beautiful temples, ruins, and the old seat of government, this was where the heart of Rome existed.
Stroll around and you’ll feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time.
1. Castel Sant’Angelo
My favourite spot in Rome has to be awarded to this beautiful bridge with the Castel Sant’Angelo towering above.
The bridge is always bustling with street sellers and artists and there’s such an amazing atmosphere. I love to come here during daylight and when the sun has gone down to appreciate the incredible views in a different light.
From here, you can spot the Vatican and the great dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the distance, as well as admire the statues which line the pathway.
So there we have it! Four of my favourite places to visit.
Of course, areas like the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain are also stunning, but I wanted to show some of the sights which you may not have heard of! Rome is such a beautiful city that I totally recommend everyone to go and find your own special places. Trust me, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my two Rome themed posts. Have you ever been yourself? What did you think, and what were your favourite things to do and see?
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx