There are so many famous tourist sites and destinations to see in the eternal city. They are all beautiful and must be seen in all their glory. There are also quite a few hidden spots in the city that are not on the tourist radar and are not visited very often. I have included some rare and unique places in the city that are not on most peoples to do list when they visit.
Visit the Porta Portese Market
The Porta Portese Market is a huge Sunday flea market that has hundreds of stalls to buy new & used clothing & home goods. This is one of the most famous markets now in Italy and Europe for its multi-ethnic street vendors and goods ( Moroccans, Indian and Chinese). This market started in the 40’s and since has been a colorful eccentric shopping place in the city of antiques, books, toys, records, furniture, cosmetics and vintage postcards. There is silver, leather and textiles. There is a bartering culture and you can negotiate with vendors. This is a fun environment to walk around and window shop even. They sell small snacks as well at food stands.
every Sunday at 6:00 am until 2:00 pm and the best deals are made at the opening or closing time of the market.
$-$$ Bartering is allowed with vendors and there are budget bins from 1 euro to vintage and antique items that are more expensive and quality.
The market is across the Tiber River at the Emporio transit stop. When you near the Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio e Alessio you cross the bridge nearest to this and as you cross that bridge over the river you will enter into Porta Portese square.
See the only Egyptian-style Pyramid in Europe!
This is an unknown Roman historical site and not toured by many tourists. This is such a unique experience to have in Rome!
Visit Buco della serratura di Roma
This is a unique location that is unknown to visit in Rome. The keyhole of the gate of the Priory of the Knights of Malta offers the most famous and beautiful view of San Pietro. In looking through this keyhole you can see an amazing view of the Dome of St. Peter framed by the hedges of the gardens of the Priory. This is one of the cool and rare things that a lot of people don’t know exist. Also come back in the evening for the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica to be lit up beautifully for the shot. This is straight out of a fairy tale. The gardens are very beautiful and very pleasant to walk through. You approach a closed gate which is a garden in Malta and your eyes can look over 3 countries, Italy, Malta and Vatican City.
from October to February 7.00 – 18.00
March and September 7.00 – 20.00
from April to August 7.00 – 21.00
Free! This is a square and park that a lot of people don’t exist that is a public place not a tourist site location. There is no entry or ticket!
How to get there
The nearest buses are the buses 81, 160, 628 (on via della Greca) and the buses 23, 30.44,280, 130.170, 716, 781 (on lungotevere Aventino)
Janiculum Terrace & Bar
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For the best terrace with a city overlook view look no further! This is the place to come to get the best day or night light skyline. This is also a great place to catch a sunrise or sunset over the city. This area is not visited by tourists but is known by the locals as the best place to walk by the river in the green getaway park and see the city. There is a botanical garden as well inside the park. There is also a bar called La Terazza Del Gianicolo at the top of the terrace lookout for a fun drink on the terrace overlooking the city from a bar vendor stand. They sell cappachinos by day and cocktails by night.
This is a public overlook open 24 hours to the city
This lookout is a part of the gorgeous green Parco del Gianicolo that is on the Tiber river.
One of the only free Roman ruins open to the public!