Non Touristy Views of Rome

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Non touristy postcard views- feed your eyes with the Roman beauty

Rome is pampering the eyes, when we are getting lost in the sweet little streets, or when we got on the top of one of the famous seven hills. Although we all pay the price as we have to keep on fighting with the crowd until we reach the desired spot. Well, even when we have reached it. We give you some hints, where to go to find height, romantic atmosphere, and healing peace in the same time. We collected the hidden hills for you: Giarndino degli aranci, Gianicolo by night, stars at Montemario.

 

The fruitful hill

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Probably everybody has heard about Campidoglio, where the whole Forum Romanum is stretching underneath to amaze you. Palatinus hill was also burnt in our memory long time ago on the history classes. But here comes one out of the classic sevens, which isn’t so often mentioned, although it’s like a secretely kept coffer full of treasures. When you are in a rush somewhere in the frequented crossing of Piramide, you don’t need to go far to find your peace. Just ten minutes of walking from the slightly Mussolini-styled old building of Poste Italiane, you have already reached the desired top. The little paradise is also spottablle from the other side of the river, among the bank of Trastevere, because the flag of the Maltese Charity Service is like a striking sign on the top of Aventino. The first stop of this short walking tour is one of the visual miracles of the Eternal City, also known as the keyhole. About this door full of dignity you can hear a lot of gossip, legend, and superstitions, but in fact the one who finds it open, is definitely very lucky. However, the experience which is served, when it’s closed is maybe even higher. If you have a peek from the keywhole, you will see exactly the cupola of the Saint Peter’s Basilica. The neighbor of this effect, which reminds you of the hide-and-seek games from your childhood, there is a lovely park, where you can actually play it. The park is the most stunning, when it’s wintertime and trees are fully covered with fresh and giant oranges.

 

Roma o Morte

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One of Rome’s hyped historical peak is Gianicolo. It’s apparentaly the highest hill of the city, even though it’s not one of the seven hills, where it was built in the ancient times. On the highest part of this hill a park opens in front of us, although I would rather call it forest. Behind the famous viewpoint, there is the even more legendary equetarian statue, where is written in stone the evergreen saying Roma o Morte, which means Rome or Death. The neighborhood is overcrowded by photoshooting tourists during the daytime. It is a place, which obviously shouldn’t be missed, therefore it’s highly recommended to jump over there by night. When the moonshine fills the streets  the visiting groups disappear, and you will be found by less bracelet or rose seller, who could bother your tranquility. With that view, you will helplessly fall in love by all the wonders, which Rome can supply. From this part of the capital, you can have a summary in one picture about all the Roman history. You can see the Colosseum, the famous arch of the emperor next to it, the biggest basilica in the world, the monument of Vittorio Emanuele, the top of the Spanish steps, and the mountains which guard the past.

 

The yellow strangness, what you have spotted from Gianicolo

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The last two non-tuoristy must-see places couldn’t be called as easily available content in the guidebooks, but after a bit of investigation we can find information about them. Instead, Montemario is a neighborhood, which you can find after a longer stay or living there, and definetely by accident. When you get closer to the yellow building, which is hiding in the greenery of this area, there is a chance that you will notice: you have seen it before. It is almost visible from every other famous lookout of Rome. The strange and actually thrillingly empty building is an observatory, which is at the edge of the city, when you left Vatican by train to Viterbo or Anguillara. It’s not very simple to have a look at the shiniest stars from here, but there is the possibility to organize it. Number one uncomparable dating hint for your precious one.

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Mira Budafoki was born in 1992 in Budapest, Hungary. She started writing in high school, continued with publishing in Hungarian journals during her studies in communication and media at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Already in her university years she has been an enthusiast journalist, and has worked for several lifestyle and cultural magazines. Despite of living the roller-coaster in her wheelchair, only travelling gave her real ups and downs. After a long weekend in Rome she helplessly fell in love with the city, and made her way back through a serial of magical events, which have led to her first book in English (Rome as we roll it), the result of her half-year romance with the Eternal City. After this, she kept on publishing about the beautiful Italian capital at Romeing and Italian Insider. In the meantime she is supporting the assosiation of Romability, which deals with the accessible tourism in Rome.
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