If you´re a traveller who avoids traditional routes and places full of tourists and you like to see the true essence of every city that you visit, you cannot miss out on our proposals for alternative tourism in Rome and fall in love with the most hidden part of this wonderful city.
In a city where everything that´s ancient is venerated with religious fervor, the weight of history can be felt in every corner. That´s why the first contemporary art museum was a turning point for the whole city. The Maxxi (National Museum of art of the 21st century) opened its doors in 2010. Created by Zaha Hadid, the prestigious English-based Iraqi architect, has become a reference in Europe with its two spaces dedicated to 21st century art and architecture respectively an its impressive structure made out of cement and glass.
Piazza Vittorio Market
In the district of Esquilino you can find one of the most authentic and old markets in the Italian capital. Since the early 20th century, the Roman merchants attended Piazza Vittorio Emanuele every morning to sell fresh goods. It still opened during the Second World War and today it still offers the best of local gastronomy as well as clothes. You won´t find a better place to mix with the locals and practice your Italian with some haggling. The sellers there will give you advice on how to cook the food that you buy and give you a small masterclass of Italian cuisine.
The Roseto is a public garden with more than 1,000 species of roses from all around the world, ideal to spend a day in the open air far away from the Roman chaos. Coinciding with the time when the roses flourish, you will only be able to see this wonderful and colourful show between May and October.
This cemetery was created in the 18th century with the aim of providing a final resting place for the non-Catholic foreigners, mainly the English, who lived in Rome. Here you can find the remains of illustrious characters such as the poet John Keats, his friend Joseph Severn, Percy Shelley, a son of Goethe and Gregory Corso, among majestic mausoleums and solemn statues. This place is without doubt one of the most romantic and bucolic places in Rome.
If there´s a place dedicated to love in this romantic city that´s the Milvio Bridge. Every day, local lovers go to this place to seal their eternal love and to propose to each other. Up until the end of 2012, you could see many padlocks locked into the lampposts that preside the bridge. This phenomenon was due to the idea of the Italian writer Federico Moccia who wrote about putting a padlock on the bridge and throwing the key in the river Tiber so that love lasted forever. After many years of controversy due to this practice, the City Council decided to take the padlocks away to restore the bridge, although this hasn´t taken away a single bit of its magical and romantic charm.
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