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.


Lesser-Known Spots in Rome to Visit


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The Villa de Quintilli

Kevin Martoken is a New York-based professional with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services field. In his leisure time, Kevin Martoken enjoys traveling to various countries across the world, and has visited several locations in Italy, including Rome.

Rome is one of the most historic and culturally rich cities in all of Europe. With no shortage of sights to see, tourists can often find themselves overlooking some of the most interesting aspects of the city. With that in mind, here are two of the lesser known, yet no less compelling spots to visit in Rome:

The Villa de Quintilli was once the home of Emperor Commodus, yet stands mostly forgotten when compared to some of the more popular places in Rome. The villa is still in relatively good condition for its age, and visitors can even get a look at the private gladiator training arena.

One of the more macabre, yet eerily fascinating sites in Rome is the crypt beneath San Callisto. These sprawling catacombs are one of the more somber reminders of Christian history in Rome, and home to half a million bodies. This spot may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly one of the more interesting places in the city to check out.

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.