Rome is a picturesque city full of iconic natural wonders. Visitors planning a multi-city Italian trip should spend more time mingling with the locals and immersing themselves in daily life in Rome. As the capital of Rome, this charming city rewards visitors with unusual attractions, including the Colosseum, the Vatican, and Palatine Hill. Apart from the amazing attractions, this bustling city is indeed a melting pot of history and culture. History buffs and culture buffs should set aside a full day to explore some popular historical sites. Here are unique things to see in Rome:
ten pizza vending machine
In Rome, visitors will be surprised to see a 24-hour pizza vending machine that dispenses freshly baked pizzas in three minutes. The machine is located in a cabin in Via Catania, a stone’s throw from Piazza Bologna in Rome. Visitors can taste four varieties, including the classic Margherita. Travelers will also be delighted watching through a small glass window the vending machine kneading and filling the dough. Mr. Go Pizza has sold over 900 pizzas.
9 Visit the macabre Capuchin Crypt
The Macabre Crypt of the Capuchins is a tiny space that includes many small chapels located below the Church of Santa Maria Della Concezione dei Cappuccini on Via Veneto, a short drive from Piazza Barberini in Rome. Visitors can discover the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies dating back 2,000 years. The many Christians who died during this time were buried in these underground tunnels.
8 Marvel at the sacred steps of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
Visitors will have the chance to see the sacred stairs, which are said to have been climbed by Jesus before his crucifixion. The 28 steps that make up the Scala Sancta or Holy Staircase are located in a building on the extraterritorial property of the Holy See in Rome. After seeing the Sacred Steps, visitors can also see the tombs of dozens of former popes still in St. John Lateran.
seven See the Valentine’s Skull
A trip to Rome is incomplete without seeing the skull of Saint Valentine. While February 14 is a worldwide celebration of love with millions marking it with chocolates, candlelit meals and notes of affection, there is a different commemoration in Rome. During Valentine’s Day in Italy, people go to churches with the so-called remains of the patron saint of lovers. On this day, the Catholic martyr Saint Valentine was beheaded for allegedly breaking a Roman ban on performing weddings. Today, the skull is exhibited in the basilica in Rome. Other places display the remains of St. Valentine, for example, a certain church in Dublin.
6 See the pyramid
Visitors who want their visit to be full of pleasant surprises can choose to visit this incredible pyramid in Rome. The pyramid is over 2,000 years old and is the only existing Roman pyramid designed in the Egyptian fashion. The 36-meter-tall structure was designed as a tomb for Gaius Cestius, who requested to be buried there.
5 Walk through the Vatican Gardens
This spectacular garden should not be missing from any plans to visit Rome. For many decades the lush gardens have been an exceptional place of retreat, relaxation and recreation for the pope. It is the ideal place for visitors wishing to enjoy optimal tranquility.
4 The Borghese Gallery
Beautifully located in a former villa, this museum showcases some of Bernini’s most incredible sculptures, including the Abduction of Proserpina and its version of David. In addition, guests will be fascinated by the many masterpieces by Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens. As the gallery is located in a charming garden, it is recommended to have a picnic in this beautiful garden.
3 Visit the Colosseum and Ancient Rome
The Colosseum in Rome is a huge amphitheater that hosts events such as gladiatorial games. The structure was designed during the reign of the Flavian emperors as a gift to the Roman people. There is no Roman structure that rivals the Colosseum. Visitors can admire the outer wall of the Colosseum, the floor of the arena, the basement of the Colosseum and the seat of the emperor.
2 Giardino Degli Aranci (The Garden of Orange Trees)
This delightfully picturesque garden is located a stone’s throw from the Santa Sabina Cathedral. It is widely recognized for its orange trees and its spectacular view of the historic center of Rome and the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Although most visitors are unfamiliar with this park, it is a fantastic place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
1 Marvel at the Mouth of Truth (Bocca Della Verita)
This impressive marble mask in Rome will blow the minds of visitors. Nestled in the Portico Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Mouth of Truth is known to bite the hand of liars. This enormous legendary sculpture is dedicated to the god of the sea, consisting of a bearded male face pierced with holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. Initially, the sculpture was nestled in Piazza Della Bocca Della Verita until 1632. It was then moved outside one of the walls of the nearby Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where it stands today.