Tips & Destinations

Alternative plans in the Eternal City What to do in Rome: beyond the Colosseum

Dive into the genuine Roman essence in Porta Protese, feel like Leonardo Da Vinci and discover why pasta is one of the gastronomic symbols of Italy

Ostiense, street art temple

Rome is not just baroque churches and ancient ruins. The Ostiense district will give you the opportunity to witness and photograph the best urban art in the city.

When thinking of what to do in Rome, you may want to be inspired by these new forms of street artistic expression, entire murals full of color and life. A true open-air museum in one of the youngest and most popular neighborhoods of the Italian capital, next to those of Garbatella and Tor Marancia, with real wonders to discover.

The best views from the Orange garden

Nothing better than looking for a good belvedere or viewpoint to contemplate all the architectural majesty of Rome. One of the most beautiful and least crowded by tourists is the Savello Park, also known as Giardini degli Aranci or Orange Garden. Want to know a fun fact? Next to this garden you will find the Buco di Roma, the peephole in the door of the Priory of the Order of Malta through which you can see St. Peter’s dome.

It is located on the Aventine hill, one of the seven hills of Rome, not far from the Circus Maximus. There, in between a walk of orange trees, you can admire a unique view of the city with the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the background.

The treasures in the Angelica library

Located in the Piazza Sant’Agostino, this beautiful library founded in 1604 holds around 2,700 Eastern, Latin and Greek manuscripts among its archives, in addition to 1,100 incunabula.

History and knowledge transpire in the silent rooms of the Angelica Library. Here you can approach the exciting life of St. Augustine from unique books and learn about the Protestant Reformation or the Counter Reformation, among other crucial passages in history.

Following the celebrations of the 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the library, not far from your hotel in Rome, has selected some images from its huge collection.

San Giovanni station, a trip across time

This metro station on line C is very close to the archbasilica of Saint John Lateran, known as the oldest church in the world, and has a total route of 25 kilometers and 30 stations. Archaeological remains of great historical value were found during excavations to expand the subway.

Travel back in time from Prehistory to the Contemporary Era and admire each of the archaeological pieces that have been unearthed since the beginning of the construction of this station. And then, enjoy the spa in one of the best city hotels you will have been in, designed to harmonize your body and mind between visits to all the wonders that the city is home to.

Pasta and its secrets in the Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari

They say that it was Marco Polo who, when returning from one of his trips to China, introduced pasta in Europe back in 1271. Since then we have associated Italians with pasta and vice versa.

In this curious museum you will discover the history of pasta in Italy, noodles, ravioli, spaghetti, fusilli or macaroni, among many other varieties. And, who knows? Maybe when you return home you will be encouraged to cook your own fresh pasta with everything you have learned.

Ostia Antica, a city buried during 10 centuries

Located 30 kilometers from Rome, Ostia Antica was one of the most flourishing Roman cities thanks to its location as an important commercial and port hub. But little by little, its decline began, until it was abandoned and buried under the sand for 10 centuries.

Myths and legends of Rome

Roman mythology is as unattainable as it is passionate. Beginning with the founding origin of the city, with Romulus and Remus abandoned by the rive Tiber, close to the seven hills that surround Rome and where the Capitoline wolf rescued them, fed them and brought them up.