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A Perfect Weekend in Rome: Must-Visit Spots and Hidden Gems

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Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world and a popular destination for visitors. For this reason, it has beautiful architectural structures and timeless symbols that you may not find in other cities. As the capital of Italy, it is perfect for a getaway weekend as you can easily navigate most spots and sceneries by car or train. Here are some of the city’s most renowned attractions that you should have on your bucket list.

1. The Palazzo Altemps

The Palazzo Altemps is a well-hidden treasure trove consisting of ancient sculptures. It is located just near the Piazza Navona and accessible from the city centre. During the Renaissance, the palace turned into a museum with a huge collection of classical artefacts and artefacts even from big names such as Canova and Bernini. During your visit to the Palazzo Altemps, ensure that you see the Ludovisi Throne, which is a beautifully done marble chair. Near it, you will see the Ludovisi Gaul which is a sculpture that shows a strong Gallic warrior dying. It is one of the most famous attractions in Rome yet hidden gives you a chance to learn more about the ancient city.

If you love art, then the Borghese Gallery and Gardens should be your starting point. These gardens were designed by the popular Gian Lorenzo Bernini with such an intimate and refined perspective. Most people love being here as it is not as crowded as the Vatican Museums. This may explain why it falls under the hidden gems for most people visiting Rome.

While visiting, you have the chance to interact with artwork from popular artists such as Caravaggio, Raphael and Bernini himself. The gardens are well landscaped and allow you a shot at tranquil far away from other people in the city centre. Stroll around and take photos of the beautiful greenery, sculptures and fountains.

3. Parco Degli Acquedotti

Parco Degli Acquedotti is located on the outskirts of the city. Here, you get a chance at serenity while viewing the ancient Roman engineering. This structure shows the remnants of the aqueducts that were used to supply water during the ancient days. It is a sight to behold as your mind transports you to the time’s civilisation.

When strolling through the park, you get to walk under ruins and arches that stretch on the landscape. Don’t forget to take photos using these Roman 2000-year-old architectural marvels as backdrops.

4. Antica Fabbrica Del Cioccolato

Those who have watched Spectre (a James Bond movie) probably know of this hidden gem. It is located in the Trastevere neighbourhood and has been seen in many other films. This Italian chocolate spot is serenely located and has guided factory tours that give you insights into the chocolate-making processes.

After your chocolate tour, you can relax in the café as you sample various chocolate treats alongside authentic Italian expresso or chocolate drinks. Make a plan to visit early in the morning as it may get busy during the weekends so you can have the full Roman experience.


And there you have it! As you can see, Rome is a beautiful city to visit alone or with your loved ones. Instead of spending your time in the overcrowded joints, make a plan to visit the above-hidden gems and spots. It gives you a chance to experience more intimate moments with the city without compromising your vibes. Happy travelling!