The main sites of Rome are of course treasures on the top of every visitors list: the Coliseum and Roman Forum, St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain. However, there is much more to see in Rome beyond these sites, and interesting things to do in Rome to immerse yourself in the local culture. Below are a few of our local favorites.
CAMPO DE’ FIORI MARKET
The Campo de’ Fiori market is one of the last open air food markets in Rome, and a chance to experience local life as it was lived for centuries among Romans (the other remaining market is in Trastevere). Although the market has adapted today to serve the increasing number of tourists in the area, with souvenir food products in many stands, the remaining fruit and vegetable stands are run by families with generations of history at the market selling locally-sourced quality seasonal produce: zucchini flowers, artichokes, wild asparagus, local mushrooms, local berries. A beautiful site to see.
If you need an advice on where else to go, we reccomend you to book a Prontopia Local connection when you arrive in Rome in order to get a better understanding on how to get around and a precious local help!
BORGHESE GARDENS ROW BOAT ON THE LAKE
Rome’s Borghese Gardens offer so much to explore. Here you must visit the Borghese Gallery for painting and sculpture, and tour around the gardens by bike or walking, perhaps taking a picnic, or enjoying the sunset views of Rome from Pincio Hill. A special hidden treasure activity is renting a row boat on the small lake. Within the gardens, the lake is an oasis of quiet with a tiny dock. From here you can rent a small row boat, and gently glide over for a better view of the Temple of Asclepius in the center of the lake.
TIBER RIVER BOAT CRUISE
Taking a Tiber River Boat Cruise offers a different perspective on the city of Rome, that brings the city to life in terms of the importance of the proximity of the port of Ostia Antica to the history of Rome. The boat line Batelli di Roma offers short “Hop on Hop off” trips on the river between Castel Sant’Angelo and Isola Tiberina, and seasonally from Spring to Fall they also offer boat trips from the dock on the river beneath the Bridge of Angels that go all the way to Ostia Antica. There are several options for the type of trip, including an evening aperitivo cruise with wine and light snacks and a dinner cruise.