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Experience the most unique places in Rome and Lazio

Experiences far away from the traditional “tourist traps”

Rome is a city full of rich history, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine. However, it’s also a city of mass tourism, tourist traps, chaos, and impersonal, standard sightseeing. Therefore you might be looking for unique places in Rome and Lazio, rather than following the footsteps of everyone before you.

Also, you may be the kind of person that doesn’t exactly enjoy queuing up for hours and taking the same pictures millions of people have taken before you, from the same location, from the same angle.

Why choose an alternative experience in Rome?

There are many reasons to try an alternative experience in Rome:

Do you want to avoid crowds? Do you prefer an authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience to mass tourism? Are you looking for unique experiences? You may be looking for an activity that gets you slightly out of your comfort zone. Maybe you prefer something different and unexpected and you may be drawn to unconventional or niche activities and experiences.

Often, alternative experiences are more sustainable and follow responsible tourism practices, effectively supporting local businesses and communities.

Alternative experiences in Rome

If you’re looking for unique and alternative experiences in Rome, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

10. Food tours in Rome

Take a food tour: Rome is known for its delicious cuisine, and there are plenty of food tours available to help you experience the best of it. From tasting local specialties like gelato and pasta, to visiting local markets and food festivals, there are many ways to indulge in Rome’s culinary delights.

9. Lesser-known neighborhoods in Rome

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Di PatafisikOpera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0, Collegamento

Visit off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods: Rome is a city with many hidden gems and lesser-known neighborhoods. Consider visiting areas like Centocelle, Pigneto, or Garbatella to experience a more authentic side of Rome.

8. Bike tours in Rome

Go on a bike tour: Rome is a great city to explore by bike, and there are many tours available that will take you through the city’s streets and neighborhoods.

7. Alternative tours in Rome

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Try an alternative tour: In addition to traditional sightseeing tours, there are many alternative options available to explore Rome. Consider taking an urban hike, a night tour, or a tour focused on a specific topic like ancient mythology or the history of Rome’s film industry.

6. Outdoor cinema’s in Rome

Speaking of film industry: visit an outdoor movie theater. Rome has many outdoor movie theaters, known as "cinema all’aperto," where you can watch a film under the stars (mainly during the summer months).

5. Wine tours in Rome

Go on a wine tour: Rome is located in the heart of Italy’s wine country, and there are many tours available that will take you to local wineries to taste and learn about the region’s famous wines.

4. Local events in Rome

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Di Alessio Damato – I took the picture by myself, CC BY-SA 3.0, Collegamento

Participate in a local event: Rome has a thriving cultural scene, and there are always events and festivals happening throughout the city. Consider checking out a local music or art event, or joining in a traditional Italian celebration like a sagra.

3. Parks, nature and mindfulness in Rome

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Explore the city’s green spaces: Rome has many beautiful parks and gardens to explore, and they can be a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Consider visiting the Villa Borghese, the Caffarella Park, the Orto Botanico, the Parco degli Aquedotti, or the Giardino degli Aranci for a peaceful break from sightseeing.

You can also take a yoga or meditation class (some take place in parks, so you can combine both activities): Rome is home to many yoga and meditation studios, and it’s a great place to relax and unwind with a class or workshop.

2. Try eco-friendly restaurants

Eat at restaurants that use locally sourced ("kilometro zero") and organic ingredients. This supports local farmers and reduces the carbon emissions associated with transporting food long distances.

1. Hiking in Rome

Hiking near Rome along the Appian way
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Go on a nature hike: Rome is surrounded by beautiful natural areas, and there are many hiking trails in the region that offer stunning views and a chance to escape the city for a while.

Bonus Tip

Bring a water bottle when you walk around Rome. There are over 2500 fountains (called "nasoni – big noses") spread out all over Rome (you can locate them with this official app for iOS and Android).


No matter how you choose to experience Rome, you’re sure to have a unique and memorable trip. Don’t be afraid to step off the beaten path and try something new – it’s one of the best ways to truly get to know a place!

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