Rome is known as the “Eternal city” because it is a city with incredible beauty, contrast, and life. Rome is an ecclesial city, home to the Catholic Church, the house of magnificent Roman Empire ruins, and other histories. Every place in Rome is massive in scale and everlasting.
Below is a list of 11 Most Unusual things to do in Rome if you’re planning to visit next!
1. Pose at The Orange Garden
The Orange Trees Gardens is situated on Aventine Hill and measures around 7,800 square meters. A beautiful view of the city may be found at the park. The garden was designed by Raffaele De Vico in 1932 and has remained unchanged since then. The hill, in addition to the lovely Orange Garden, offers a breathtaking perspective of the city as you stand amid the orange trees. Additionally, it is a wonderful location for a picnic among the orange trees. Capture your fun-filled moments on Aventine Hill in photos.
2. Visit Rome Capuchin Crypt
This is probably the most unusual thing you can do in Rome. On the Via Veneto located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, is the Capuchin Crypt. It consists of six rooms and houses the bones and skulls of 3,700 people who were buried by the Capuchin order, according to estimates. For daring travelers, this is a site to see.
3. See the ghost on Pope Sisto bridge
This bridge is lovely and creepy at the same time. The Ponte Sisto bridge spans the Tiber River in the heart of ancient Rome. It links Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere to Via dei Pettinari in the Rione of Regola. It is a romantic spot offering scenic sunset views and views of St. Peter’s Basilica. According to local beliefs, Donna Olimpia’s ghost appears on Ponte Sisto bridge at sunrise in a dark carriage traveling swiftly in the direction of Trastevere while still carrying the looted coins with which she had fled. This is an unusual thing to do in Rome for all the brave visitors.
4. The Colosseum
Famous for being the world’s largest amphitheatre, the Colosseum is over 1,900 years old built under the Flavian Emperors. The emperor and his people would gather to watch the dreadful gladiator matches which served as the epicentre of the fierce Roman indulgence.
5. The Pyramid of Cestius
One of the best examples of the ancient Egyptian influences you can see in Rome is the Pyramid of Cestius. Constructed about 2000 years ago as a tomb for Gaius Cestius, a magistrate and priest, and his family, this structure is preserved today for tourists to gain an insight into its interesting history.
6. The Pantheon
Rome is home to the prestigious monument, Pantheon. The world-renowned structure was built in 609 AD during the reign of Augustus and rebuilt under the rule of emperor Hadrian in 126 AD. As the Greek name ‘Pan-theos’ suggests, it was designed to serve as the temple for ‘all the gods’ worshipped by the ancient Romans. The Pantheon is a celebrated historic monument today and is a must-visit attraction.
7. Villa Borghese
Other than majestic structures, Rome has lush, landscaped gardens as well. The Villa Borghese is the third largest public park in Rome with gardens, museums, and other buildings. Around 9 gates and several pathways connect to more than 90 attractions of varying scales. Tourists can also visit the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, which are near the Borghese Gardens’ perimeter. The Borghese Gallery is where most people go. Visit this place of spellbinding beauty to see the green side of Rome.
8. La Parolaccia
La Parolaccia is not your typical eatery. The gourmet and entertainment experiences are unique. Roman pasta meals and main courses are served in a rustic, 1940s-style setting with live comedy shows. The specialty of this restaurant is curse words and insults. The pianists, waiters, and performers all serve customers whilst cracking dirty jokes and using abusive language (not in a serious way) This is just how the tradition is, making it one of the most popular trattorias in the Trastevere neighbourhood. Make sure to include this unusual thing on your travel list to Rome!
9. St Peter’s Basilica
Saint Peter’s Basilica situated in the Vatican city is one of the holiest places in Christianity and Catholic tradition, it is customarily where St. Peter’s remains are interred. The first Pope, according to history, was St. Peter, who oversaw the twelve Apostles of Jesus and served as the first Bishop of Antioch and then Rome. The church’s history is what makes it a remarkable piece of architecture today.
10. Romeow Cat Bistrot
Designed in the Bohemian Style, the Romeow café is a pet-friendly café with whimsical décor. It has a menu of mouth-watering vegan cakes and freshly blended smoothies. You will be surrounded by a brood of roaming cats upon entering this café making you feel at home if you have a pet.
11. Circo Maximus
The largest chariot stadium in Rome was the Circo Maximus. Situated between the Palatine and Aventine Hills, the stadium is 600 metres long and could hold 150,000 spectators. To escape crowded restaurants, head to this place for a peaceful atmosphere.
Rome is a diverse city, and so is this list of unusual things to do there. From its unique historic events, and stately structures to striking activities part of their tradition, the city is unusual.