As the city of Rome is an open-air museum to all intents and purposes, it is not difficult to find something extraordinary right behind the corner or by the end of the street. However, there are also many gems still hiding from the public. Here we will discover some of them!
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The hidden treasure of the Palatine Hill
The Colosseum is one of the required stops for everyone who is traveling to Rome. It is the biggest and most important amphitheatre in the World (yes, he has some sibling in Italy, France, Spain, Britain, and Croatia, just mentioning some of the European ones). To learn more about it, Maya Tours in Rome is not only the best but it is mandatory also to arrive at our first hidden destination: the Palatine, the place where the legend became history.
The monuments and museum on top of this hill have just been disclosed to the public in recent September 2017 and the visits are combined with light-mapping and video-mapping projections recreating the old magnificence of the buildings and of the Eternal city.
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A little piece of London in Rome
As Janis Joplin sang “Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!”, that is exactly what happened with these characteristic buildings in the centre of Rome. Indeed, a little bit of the typical British style was expressly taken to give a touch of upper class to this social housing realized in 1910.
Today, via Bernardo Celentano, the private street of Little London, as the Romans renamed it, is closed to traffic and it is only accessible by feet. So, let’s just go for a walk and enjoy this unexpected scenario.
The secret potion of CoppedèWalking through the great arch standing in between two building looking just like the towers of a castle, you will enter this unbelievable neighbourhood. It was realized at the beginning of the twentieth century by the architect Gino Coppedè mixing different styles: Liberty, Art Decò, Gothic and Medieval.
The result is a unique composition of buildings among which there are the “Villini” of the Fairies, the Palace of the Spider and the Fountain of the Frogs. It truly sounds like the ingredients of a magic potion!
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The House of the Owls at Villa TorloniaWithin the large number of buildings and pieces of art in the garden of Villa Torlonia, there is a special one realized starting from a rustic building of the late nineteenth century hiding behind an artificial hill.
The Villino delle Civette that we see today is the result of further additions of the early twentieth century (and of a long work of restoration from 1992 to 1997) to this private house of Prince Giovanni Torlonia jr. including many decorative elements such as the inimitable stained-glass, the coloured mosaics and majolica, the turrets and so much more for you to discover.
A dive into the past: the Biblioteca Angelica
Close to Piazza Navona, there is the one that has been the first library in Europe opened to the public. Established in 1604 by the Bishop Angelo Rocca, to whom the library owes the name, the Biblioteca Angelica have a heritage of 200,000 volumes, 100,000 of which have been edited between the 15th and the 19th century.
And if you are curious to see how our World looked like centuries ago, well, four geographical globes from the end of the 16th century are right there to show it to you.