No matter how touristy or how crowded Rome is, the fascinating history and its stunning beauty always draw attention from traveler from around the world. As a capital city of Italy, Rome is a busy city not only by tourist by also by the locals. So, sometimes it is so annoying when you want the best experience of visiting Colosseum but the place is already packed with tourist even not in high season. Well, perhaps what you need are other ideas like unusual spots of Rome you could visit but not packed with tourist and below are some recommendations.
The Crypt of the Capuchin Monks
According to the history in 1631 the monks arrived at the church of Santa Maria della Concezione and start an unusual ritual. Instead of burying the deceased friars, they display the skeletons in the crypt. The crypt is still exist until now located beneath the church and opened for public. Of course it’s a little scary because from the walls up to the chandeliers are decorated with bones and skulls but if what you’re looking for is an unusual spots of Rome, this place is the first place you should visit.
Cats Sanctuary of Largo Argentina
Largo Argentina is a historical ruins which was discovered in 1927 but since 1993 the location has been turned into a cat sanctuary run based on donations and volunteers. If you are a cat lover and a history geek, this place is a must to visit because asides from the history it is very common to see cats lurking around the remains of the temples.
Exploring the Art of Rome
Well, Rome is not only about the ruins and the history because Rome is also packed of artist. For a street art you could visit the district of Ostiense. Just by exploring the streets you could see the fascinating works of art all over the neighborhood. Furthermore, aside from the street arts, this district is also packed with cafes and restaurants. Such a perfect place to get your evening caffeine booster to explore more of Rome.
The Coppede Neighborhood
What so great of this neighborhood? The neighborhood once was a project of Gino Coppede whose last name is used to name the neighborhood. He started the project in 1915 but that’s it, the project is left unfinished but still even if it’s an uncompleted project you could still enjoy the stunning architectures. Walk through the neighborhood will give you the vibes that Rome is beautiful in all aspects even the ruins and the neighborhood like Coppede looks really goods.
The Skull of Saint Valentine
Surely you will start to wonder “What’s wrong with the Roman? Why they keep the skulls of deceased people and put it into a display?”. Well, perhaps you could say thanks to the Roman because they keep the skull of one of the famous saint in the world, Saint Valentine. If you want to see the skull yourself, you could visit the Santa Maria church in Cosmedin. The skull is not the only fascinating thing about this place because the church itself has its own stunning properties.
It’s true that Rome is another land of myth where there are a lot of history and myth you could learn during your visit. However, those unusual spots of Rome are supposed to be added to your itinerary as well especially for you who look for something a little less touristy but still so Rome.