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Published On: Wed, Sep 9th, 2015

Unique Places in Rome, Italy

Short breaks to Rome are a popular choice for many travelers with no shortage of iconic landmarks and cultural gems to explore – holidays to Rome are popular all year round for this very reason. The city is also home to many hidden treasures and unique attractions. Here are five of the best that you’ll want to visit.

Capuchin Crypt

The Via Veneto is one of the city’s most exclusive streets – home to opulent hotels, fine dining restaurants and designer shops. It’s an unlikely location for this eerie and fascinating collection of tiny, underground crypts. Nestled beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, travellers will find five chambers constructed with the human bones of over 4,000 Capuchin friars. There’s a small entry fee but it’s worth it. There’s even a crypt dedicated entirely to pelvises.

Pantheon in Rome photo/ Traveltipy Flickr

Pantheon in Rome photo/ Traveltipy Flickr

Catacombs of Rome

There are approximately 40 known catacombs located outside the ancient walls of Rome. The catacombs of St Callixtus are widely recognized as the most significant with over half a million bodies and 16 popes buried here. It was the official burial place for many of Rome’s early Christians and home to countless martyrs. Guided tours run daily, taking you deep into the heart of these spooky, underground passages.

Quartiere Coppede

Coppede is the smallest district in Italy and remains a hotchpotch of bizarre architecture and unconventional beauty. Located between the two streets Via Salaria and Via Nomentana, it often gets overlooked by tourists. It’s a shame because it’s one of the city’s most unusual and beautiful sights. Designed by architect Gino Coppede, it’s an eclectic mix of baroque architecture with art nouveau, medieval and Greek influences. It makes for an otherworldly experience with the unique fountains and architecture giving the viewer a sense of charming asymmetry.

Pantheon

This Roman monument has legendary status as the biggest, unreinforced brick dome in the history of architecture. At over 2,000 years old, it remains one of the best preserved ancient monuments in the world. Although its interior has been converted from a temple of pagan gods, it still has original Roman features. This includes a marble floor with a series of intricate geometric patterns, guaranteed to leave you impressed.

Museum of Souls in Purgatory

This peculiar attraction is found in the Neo gothic church of Sacro Curore del Suffragio on the banks of the River Tiber. A small museum consists of framed photographs or artefacts along a wall. You can marvel at spooky relics and ghostly hand prints seared into objects and items of clothing. It was once seen as evidence for those trapped in Purgatory trying to get to heaven.

Be sure to explore some of Rome’s unique attractions on your next holiday to Italy. It’s a great way to enjoy the city without following the crowds.

Guest Author: Lance Sprewell

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  1. Eva says:

    Good article, only I would correct facts about the Pantheon. The dome is made of unreinforced CONCRETE. It was finished in 127 AD, it is then about 1800 years old. Inside is preserved not only the floor, but all the columns and marble from the time it was built.

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