10 LESS COMMON SIGHTS IN ROME
Rome is known around the world as the eternal city. The capital of the Italian boot, still maintains its evidence of historical supremacy that will remain in time. Yet – in art, history and culture – Rome also hides little known places that make it quite unusual.
So if you love to explore less common sides of a city, here are 10 stages unlikely to be included in your next stay in Rome:
1.) ANAMORPHOSES TRINITY CONVENT OF THE MOUNTAINS
On the 1st floor of the of Convent at the Spanish Steps are the very special wall paintings, defined by many as a real miracle of painting. They were made by two monks belonging to the order Minimi: Emannuel Maignan and Jean-Francoi Niceron, which they have traced a masterpiece of the images. In fact, according to the position of the observer, the subject of the fresco can change. In some places you can see a fantastic natural landscape. Moving a few meters, the brushstrokes reveal, however, a new subject. Here before your eyes the figure of St. Francis of Paola in prayer and St. John manifest itself, as he accomplishes the act of writing the Apocalypse.
2.) LA PORTA DI VILLA PALOMBARA
The nuances of history and legend often get confused. That’s what happens in the narrative that spans the history of what is now the only gateway to Villa Palombara, in the middle of Piazza Vittorio. An esoteric and legendary place, the door is guarded by two statues of the Egyptian god Bes. That alone would make it an unusual place. Even more impressive it is to think that the door hides a secret code not yet revealed which would provide the formula to turn base metals into gold.
3.) THE MYSTERIOUS LOCK IN THE PIAZZA OF THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA
If you love surprises and you are curious about the eternal, the advice is to go to the Aventine, Piazza Cavalieri di Malta. Here there is a large door with a strange keyhole. Looking through it gives a fun perspective with hidden surprises about what lurks inside. Curious? You need to go to have a look.
4.) THE VIRGIN OF THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA IN VALLICELLA
Something unusual also happened, something that was classical in its nature. This is the icon of the Virgin represented in a pictorial composition in the Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella. It seems that the picture of the virgin bled in the distant past. Recognized as a miraculous work, however, it has begun to deteriorate with the passage of time, thus necessitating some sort of protection. Protection that was commissioned by none other than Rubens, who invented a kind of “motorized frame” that, every seven minutes, moved on and off the painting of the Virgin. Today the curious event is activated by a remote control, the sacristan does so only after mass on Saturday night. So, be patient…
5.) RESTAURANT SHAPED LIKE A PLANE
If you want to continue searching for the unusual through the streets of Rome, you can find something that is fun even for locals. One of these is the Ristoaereo. This restaurant is created from the fuselage of a presidential plane from 1957. All the furniture has remained true to the original and it seems like you are having lunch in the air thanks to the service, dressed as hostesses and stewards. Equipped with a ladder on board, emergency lights, and even a private room for two, it could be a really original place to organize a romantic dinner.
6.) AND THE MARINE THEMED
From a restaurant shaped like a plane to see yourself catapulted into a different city. You can if you’re sitting at the Port Fish and Chips. Porthole windows, naval doors, wooden tables and newspapers on the walls. Where are you? In one of the most character filled street food venues, in full French style. A place that seems to have been kidnapped from the port of Marseille.
7.) CAFÈ WHERE TIME IS MONEY. FOR REAL.
For those who live with the philosophy of “time is money”, the right place is the Anticafé. Located in the San Giovanni area, the logic of the locals is payment in time. Consume all you can without problems and you can also bring food and drinks from home. The rate is EUR 4 per hour to 14 euro all day. Pay as long as you sit and not for what you use.
8.) THE ROOF GARDEN
If you don’t want to eat but instead want to produce food? No problem. Visit the via Pietralata wool mill. A creative centre designed in over 3,500 square meters available in which there are a cafeteria, restaurant, theater and art exhibition independently. Not to mention, of course, the vegetable garden on the roof where you can try out your appetite for being a green fingered farmer.
9.) THE BAR MADE OF ICE
If the evening then, if you feel like a cocktail, there is the a place that is definitely not the usual place. The Ice Club is certainly the most unlikely place to go for happy hour in Rome. In the Monti area the have built a real ice bar. Temperatures below zero and scarf supplied to warm up a little. At least you have the certainty that the vodka will be pretty cool.
10.) JERRY THOMAS AND THE PASSWORD
Good Drinking is a cult. To Jerry Thomas, behind the Piazza Navona, they know it well and have transformed the local by transporting to the era of Prohibition. Think it is trivial? Try asking for an alcoholic drink, if you do not know the password you do not get one!
● Photo frescoes Convent Trinita dei Monti: www.go2rome.com
● Photo Ice Bar and the Roof Garden photo: www.2night.it
● Photo Anticafé: roma.repubblica.it
● Ristoaereo Photo: www.ristoaereo.it
● Photolock Piazza Cavalieri di Malta: www.go2rome.com