The 12 Best Kept Secrets in Rome

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Rome is a city like no other – brimming with ancient history, charismatic Romans, great local cuisine and of course, wine to match. For my third visit in the Italian capital I was determined to venture beyond the tourist sites and see more of Rome from a local’s perspective, so I enlisted my friend Simone from Access Italy to show me around the cities’ current hot spots, new openings, and the best kept secrets in Rome.

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1. Terraza Borromini

The hottest table in town (if you can manage to get one) is currently to be found at Terraza Borromini, a large terrace overlooking the city with one of the best sunset views you’ll find in Rome.

Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30, 00186 Roma

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2. Fendi Casa

Rome is a mecca for fashion designers and the fashionistas who adore them, so a visit to Fendi Casa should be high on your list if you’re up for an exclusive taste of the high life above the Fendi flagship.

Largo Carlo Goldoni, 420, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

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3. Private Access to Vatican City

Little do most people know, there are a handful of ways to go “beyond the scenery” inside the Vatican, including private tours, visits to the mosaic studio, and the story goes that you can even land a visit with the Pope himself! Access Italy offer a range of exclusive tours in the Vatican and best of all… you can skip the lines!

Vatican City

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4. Testaccio Neighbourhood for the Best Local Cuisine

If you came to Rome for food and weren’t impressed, the only explanation is that you didn’t know where to go. Foodies rejoice: there’s a whole neighbourhood waiting to be explored and it goes by the name of Testaccio. For that classic homemade Italian booking, visit Agustarello and La Torricella. Both are informal and offer some of the most authentic home cooking in the city. If a pizza is more your style, head straight for the thin crust pizza at Da Remo.

Testaccio neighbourhood, Roma

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5. Via Margutta

When meandering the streets of Rome it can be easy to fall victim to crowds and the displeasures associated with them. However some of Rome’s most romantic side streets are often located adjacent to the busy pedestrian streets – such is the case for Via Margutta, one of the best kept secrets in Rome.

Via Margutta, Roma

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6. Behind Closed Doors

For a glimpse into Roman life and lifestyle, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for open doors and gates that show the inner courtyards of residences and the secrets held behind them. This is one of my favourite games to play when visiting European capitals like Paris and so worth while when you stumble upon a hidden gem like this one!


7. Ponte Umberto I

Rome is a perfect post card waiting to happen at almost every corner, but none more so than the river views and classic backdrop on offer from Ponte Umberto I. For the best photo from this vantage point, head down the stairs toward the river itself for a classic leafy framing with Rome in the background.

Ponte Umberto I

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8. Pincian Hill

One of Rome’s best views is to be had atop Pincian Hill, so if your sneakers allow for a little extra walking one day, be sure to venture up to the top! There are beautiful gardens nearby to enjoy and escape the hustle and bustle of the city down below.

Viale Gabriele D’Annunzio, 00187 Roma

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9. Il Giardino Rooftop Bar

If sunset views and inventive cocktails are more your style, then look no further than the rooftop bar inside Hotel Eden for great food, cocktails, and some of the best sunset views in Rome.

Il Giardino, Hotel Eden, Roma


10. The Colosseum at Sunrise

Although this location is far from a secret, the secret to visit the Colosseum just before sunrise still seems to be pretty well kept! You’ll often find only one or two other photographers here at this time of day and can enjoy the monument almost all to yourself. Be sure to arrive just before sunrise for the magical yellow lights as they click off as the sun begins to rise.

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11. Giolitti for Rome’s Best Gelato

One of the main questions on my mind for Rome was simple: where to find the best gelato? After tasting almost all the gelato on offer in Rome, I can say with certainty that the best gelato in Rome is to be found at Giolitti in the centre of town – a short stroll from the Pantheon. My favourite flavour combo was dark chocolate and raspberry…… drool!

Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Roma

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12. The recently renovated Spanish Steps

Another monument that is entirely different when visited at sunrise is the recently renovated Spanish Steps. Nowhere else in Rome seems as vibrant and uplifting, especially without the crowds to enjoy it all to yourself!


To uncover these hidden secrets of Rome I joined Access Italy for a private tour of the Italian capital. All opinions and photos are my own!

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    July 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Nice post you have shared.

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    Brooke Saward
    July 1, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    You’re so welcome, Lynn! Rome is somewhere I will never tire of either!

    July 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    12 excuses to go back to the most beautiful city I have ever visited .. thank you x

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    June 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    nice place, I want to stay here

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