Rome is a wonderful city. When we were there, a couple of years ago, our cameras’ shutters never stopped clicking. There are so many lovely buildings, exciting sights and lively events that it is impossible to capture them all.
You could spend months in a city like Rome and still only scratch the surface. Here are just a few examples of the experiences that most tourists rarely think of booking.
#1 A night at the opera
It can be tricky to get hold of Rome Opera Tickets. They sell out fast and for good reason. A night at the opera in Rome is very special.
Up until fairly recently, all performances were held in the city’s two opera houses, but that is changing. Rome’s opera companies and performers are now branching out and using other venues. Look out for performances in churches like St. Paul Within the Walls and the ancient ruins of Piazzolla Navona stadium. They are particularly memorable.
#2 Become a gladiator
Learning how to fight like a gladiator is a memorable way to learn about Roman history. The school is located on the Apian Way. But, because the class sizes are relatively small, it is wise to book in advance. Included in the price, is access to the school’s museum, which also focuses on the history of the Roman gladiators.
#3 Uncover the secret societies of Rome
For centuries, Rome has been a seat of both religious and political power. So, you will not be surprised to learn that, over the years, the city has been a base numerous secret societies and cults.
Evidence of them is gradually being uncovered. Touring these sites and learning more about them is a great way to spend a day. Visit one of the Mithraic cult’s temples, tour the secret rooms of the Vatican and visit the underground basilica of Porta Maggiore.
#4 Take the exclusive Vatican Scavi Tour
This tour takes you below Saint Peter’s Basilica and includes a visit to the tomb of Saint Peter. Naturally, Christian tour groups tend to book this tour in advance, so check availability if you want to include it in your Roman holiday.
#5 Be the first to see the Sistine Chapel
Take the early morning Vatican tour to see the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive. Without all of the bustle and noise, you will be able to truly appreciate the majesty of this stunning building and its artwork. You will also get to visit the secret rooms of the Vatican.
#6 Take an insider’s food tour
The residents of Rome are proud of their city, so quite a few of them run private tours. Some focus on the sights, others on showing tourists the clubs, bars, and restaurants that the local residents frequent. If you can, take a secret food tour. It is a great way to get the inside track on the city and quickly find the best places to eat and drink.
#7 Take the short trip to The Tre Fontane Abbey
If you have the time and fancy the idea of a day trip, visit the Tre Fontane Abbey. It is a pleasant 20-minute drive from the city. The modern abbey was established 150 years ago in what was then a malaria-ridden swamp. To soak up the swamp and deter the mosquitoes, the monks planted Eucalyptus trees. It worked and they set up a distillery to make liquor from the eucalyptus leaves. They still make it today using traditional methods. A process you can see and experience.
The above is just a few examples of what the city has to offer. To find more, visit a few travel forums and ask for suggestions from others who have already stayed in this great city.