Castel Sant’Angelo

Best Overlooked Attractions and Sights in Rome

Castel Sant’Angelo Image: pinterest.com

Castel Sant’Angelo
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Talented accounting and finance systems professional Kevin Martoken serves as a fund accountant at Grassi & Co., in New York. In this capacity, he prepares monthly financials, assists with external audits, and interacts with clients. In his free time, Kevin Martoken enjoys traveling around the world to such locations as Paris and Rome.

Rome is a wildly popular tourist destination, and most visitors are excited to see such attractions as the Vatican or Trevi Fountain. However, the city also is home to numerous attractions that often fall by the wayside. Below are just a few examples of these overlooked sights:

Castel Sant’Angelo: located near St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo rests along the Tiber River. It was originally built for Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum, but it held several roles before finally becoming a tourist attraction and National Museum. Tickets are relatively cheap and allow visitors to explore everything from the museum to the tunnels and terraces.

– Baths of Caracalla: providing a unique look into the leisure time of ancient Romans, the Baths of Caracalla are often overshadowed by the nearby Colosseum. They were built between 212 and 219 AD and feature plenty of original decorations, including colored marble floors and glass mosaics. Visitors can explore the gym, spa, and sauna rooms, along with various study areas.

– EUR: a Fascist-era neighborhood, EUR rests just south of the center of Rome. It was commissioned by Benito Mussolini and was intended to be the sight of a future world’s fair. Most tourists do not know that the neighborhood exists, but it makes for an interesting experience that shows a different part of Roman history.