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Best Overlooked Attractions and Sights in Rome

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Castel Sant’Angelo


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.


Manning More Motivated Than Ever

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Eli Manning

Since 2013, Kevin Martoken has served as a fund accountant with Grassi & Co in New York City. Prior to his role there, he spent time with Ryan Associates and the Avenue Capital Group. Outside his professional life, Kevin Martoken follows New York sports teams, and is a fan of the Giants.

In a league in which his last name has been at the forefront of the quarterback conversation for the last two decades, Giants quarterback Eli Manning now finds himself in a role he’s never had before: being the only Manning in a football uniform.

He appears to be embracing the challenge, and in a recent interview with the New York Post, Manning says he’s more motivated than ever to get his team back to the Super Bowl.

Manning used the metaphor of not having eaten for four years when asked about the team’s playoff woes since winning the Super Bowl in 2011. He then went on to say that he was “hungry” and looked forward to getting back on the field and working hard.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP had a strong year in 2015, throwing for 35 touchdowns on 4,443 yards passing and boasting a 93.6 quarterback rating.

With a healthy Victor Cruz back in the fold, Giants receiver Odell Beckham not only believes Manning will have another strong year, but that his quarterback will likely be in the MVP conversation as well.

La Dolce Vita on a Dime

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Kevin Martoken is an experienced accountant and business analyst based in New York. He is a Syracuse University alumnus, earning a bachelor of science in accounting from the university’s Whitman School of Management. An avid traveler, Kevin Martoken has visited Rome, among other Italian cities.

From delectable foods like pizza and gelato to its art museums, from its Baroque churches to ancient archeological sites, there is much to explore in Rome. If you are travelling on a budget, these five famous attractions are open to the public for free:

1. The Trevi Fountain is a mythological themed Baroque work featuring sculptures of the sea god Neptune and his Tritons. It is particularly impressive viewed after dark, with the fountain alight.
2. The Roman Forum features ruins of ancient Rome, from government buildings to temples and monuments. The Forum is free to explore, but many enjoy renting an audio guide or paying for a tour.
3. St. Peter’s Basilica is the global center of the Roman Catholic Church. Climb 323 steps to the top of the dome as you explore this religious and architectural site.
4. The Pantheon is a gorgeous ancient temple built in 120 AD, and is the burial place of Italian Renaissance artist Raphael.
5. The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi features three paintings by Baroque artist Caravaggio, including his famous work, The Calling of Saint Matthew.