Itinerary off the beaten paths

Around Spagna area

I wanted to create “My itinerary off the beaten paths” around the Spagna area for my guests that highlight lesser-known gems in a historic city like Rome.  I believe this is a fantastic way to explore its rich tapestry of culture, history, and modern life. My proposed itinerary starts from the Keats-Shelley House and moves through a series of distinctive and perhaps less-trafficked locations, before ending at the new Apple Store in Palazzo Marignoli and enjoying some gelato at Ciampini, embodies a delightful mix of the city’s literary history, artistic heritage, religious significance, and contemporary culture.

Keats-Shelley House: Situated near the Spanish Steps, this museum is dedicated to the Romantic poets who lived and wrote here. It’s a touching starting point that connects visitors to the poetic history of Rome.  From the apartment unforgettable sights of Piazza di Spagna staircases! Check opening hours.

Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars: This place provides a stark yet fascinating look into the mortality themes that have pervaded religious practice and art. The crypt, decorated with the bones of Capuchin monks, offers a unique perspective on life, death, and devotion. Check opening hours.

Vicus Caprarius-the Water City: An underground archaeological site that showcases the complexity of Roman urban planning and water management. It’s a cool respite from the above-ground heat and a dive into practical aspects of ancient life. Above the crowd of Fontana di Trevi!!!! (Reservation is required: WhatsApp +39 3397786192)

  Gallery Sciarra: An open-to-the-public gallery that is often overlooked. It features beautiful frescoes and is a testament to the artistic beauty that can be found in unexpected places throughout the city. Recently it has been restored and new shops have opened like the famous Iginio Massari patisserie, Hamsley Toys, Uniqlo the Japanese fashion. Located between via del Corso and Via Marco Minghetti. Open during business hours. See separate article.

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj: Housing one of Rome’s richest private art collections, this palazzo offers insights into the opulent lifestyles of Roman nobility and the city’s deep artistic traditions. During certain periods of the year you may enjoy a concert in one of the salons of the Palazzo. It is an experience that you will remember for all your life. Located in Via del Corso 305. Reservation is required.

Apple Store in Palazzo Marignoli: This new addition to Rome’s retail landscape is housed in a beautifully restored palazzo. It represents a fusion of historic architecture with a late 19th-century building where marble reigns supreme together with frescoed ceilings and old-fashioned finishes that create a nice contrast with the Apple minimalism… it almost feels like being in a museum! The restoration of this building took 10 years and they found some graphites from the early 1900s. All this shows how Rome embraces the new while respecting its past. Located in Via del Corso 181-188.

Gelato at Ciampini: Ending with gelato at Ciampini offers a taste of Rome’s cherished culinary traditions and is a delightful way to engage with the city’s vibrant everyday life with some of the best gelato in Rome is the perfect way to relax and reflect on the journey. Located in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, it’s a sweet end to a day filled with exploration.

In sum, each stop on this itinerary offers a unique insight into Rome’s multifaceted culture, from ancient history and religious practices to modern-day leisure and technology.

You’ll traverse layers of history, connecting the dots between Rome’s past and its present-day incarnation. By visiting lesser-known galleries and collections, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for Rome’s art beyond the more famous museums and sites.

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