Lesser known monuments of Rome: 10 unusual places to visit

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Joel Fulleda

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Oh, Rome... tourists are so dazzled by its wonders that they often forget the most secret and curious side of this magical millenary city. Have you already seen the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's, the Vatican Museums and all the other "usual" attractions?
Well, in this article we will let you discover a different side of the capital.
Here ten lesser known monuments, the unusual places away from the crowds that are worth visiting ...


  1. Montemartini
  2. Church of S. Ignazio di Loyola
  3. Villa Doria Pamphilj
  4. Via Appia Antica
  5. Protestant cemetery Rome
  6. EUR
  7. Monte Testaccio
  8. Ostia Antica
  9. Basilica of San Clemente
  10. Casina delle civette
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Montemartini power plant

This imposing architecture museum it was built in a former power plant in the Ostiense district. It is a place of incredible charm: imagine ancient statues located in an industrial setting. A contrast at times striking that mixes the classic with the modern. What can I say ... truly sublime!
Located in Via Ostiense 106, the Central is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00.

2 - Church of S. Ignazio di Loyola

This baroque church it was the second church built in Rome by the Jesuit Order. Inside they are spectacular frescoes made by Andrea Pozzo in 1685. The church is located in Via del Caravita, 8.

3 - Villa Doria Pamphilj

Villa Doria Pamphilj it extends for 180 hectares and is one of the largest parks in the capital. Located on top of the Janiculum Hill, it is curiously ignored by most tourists. With its beautiful French gardens, fountains and sculptures, it has little to envy to the more famous gardens of Villa Borghese. The entrance to the villa is located in Via Aurelia Antica, west of Trastevere.

4 - Via Appia Antica

Officially the Via Appia it is the first paved road in history, therefore nicknamed the "Queen of the roads". Her construction began in 312 BC.
Originally it connected Rome to Brindisi. The route extends for a good 513 km in length, between beautiful villas and ancient ruins. The street starts at the Baths of Caracalla.

5 - Protestant Cemetery Rome

Built in the early 18th century, this one cemetery was intended to house the bodies of non-Catholic strangers which could not be buried in Roman soil. It is an oasis of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the Roman streets.
Here rest important English secular poets like Keats and Shelley. It is located in Via Caio Cestio 6. Open every day from 9:00 to 17:00, Sundays from 9:00 to 13:00.

6 - EUR

XXXII Europe is a neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome where it should have hosted theUniversal Exposition of Rome in 1942.
It was built in 1930, at the height of the fascist period. It is a curious place because of its architectural structures that combine classic and modern elements according to the typical style of fascist architecture. The most representative structure is the "Square Colosseum", a cube with 216 arches.

7 - Monte Testaccio

It has been a place of jousting and knights, has seen hundreds of lovers frolicking over the centuries, and from its top Garibaldi defended the Roman Republic; and the most amazing thing is that it comes to a landfill dating back to the Augustan period!
Monte testaccio is an artificial hill consisting of shards of amphorae and terracotta vases methodically piled up for centuries.

8 - Ostia Antica

Why move to Pompeii and Herculaneum when you can enjoy a wonderful alternative to the city gates? Ostia Antica was a Roman port at the mouth of the Tiber used for over 600 years until his decline in the fourth century AD.

9 - Basilica of San Clemente

La Basilica of San Clemente it is one of the most valid, but least publicized, tourist attractions of Rome. The current structure was built on top of two ancient underground buildings, the oldest of which dating back to the st century AD.
There are medieval and Renaissance architectural elements and inside the church has fabulous frescoes by Masolino. The Basilica of San Clemente is located in Via Labicana 95. The entrance to the main church is free but to access the two levels below it is necessary to pay a ticket.

10 - Casina delle civette

La Casina delle civette belongs to museum complex of Villa Torlonia. It was built under the direction of its owner Giovanni Torlonia, the last descendant of a noble Roman family of French origin. The villa features a unique architecture: a mix of medieval themes and delicious art nouveau madness.

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