Find Rome off the beaten track in Quartiere Coppedè
Built in 1919 by the architect, Gino Coppedè, this unusual quarter is predominantly Art Nouveau in style and its elaborate architecture is highly embellished and big on turrets, frescoes and gargoyles.
Keep your eyes peeled for the whimsical frog fountain and don't miss the enchanting fairy cottage or the spider's palace. Then try a more conventional look at Rome on a Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and take a look at where to stay in Rome an area by area guide.
Get lost in time at Cinecittà film studios
If a visit to the Forum ruins doesn't give you a sense of Ancient Rome, you need to see Cinecittà film studios which contain a full-size replica of the Forum looking exactly as it would have done in ancient times.
The Forum set was used in the HBO/BBC TV production of 'Rome', which was filmed at Cinecetti. However, the studios date back to 1937, so if you book Cinecittà tickets you can look forward to seeing plenty more iconic film sets and props on the guided tour.
Take in some quirky Rome sights at Villa Torlonia
Avoid the obvious tourist traps in Rome and visit Villa Torlonia just north of the city centre. This extensive estate was given to Mussolini in the 1930s and, among other things, it contains his WWII bunker.
Take the guided tour of the Casino Nobile and Casina delle Civette, then catch your breath in Torlonia's beautiful, shaded parkland. It's a lovely area, so think about staying nearby at Palm Gallery Hotel.
Admire Tor Marancia’s street art
Once you've done Rome's classical art, head to the city fringes and explore the Tor Marancia housing estate and street art project.
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Picnic in Parco degli Acquedotti
If you recognize Parco degli Acquedotti you may have seen it in the film La Dolce Vita. It's also famous for a network of Ancient Roman aqueducts which add drama to the park's landscape of wildflower meadows and grazing land.
Despite its cinematic celebrity and archaeological importance, this popular local park doesn't attract many tourists so you can enjoy it in peace. And if you want to see the more crowded parts of the city after, try a hop on/hop off bus tour.
Discover Il Cimitero Acattolico di Roma
Head to Testaccio and explore Il Cimitero Acattolico di Roma, the Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners. It may not feature on an Eternal City private tour, but this graveyard is a legend in its own right.
Awash with poignant stories, old gravestones and ornate tombs, it is the last resting place of many famous souls. Both Keats and Shelley are buried here, although you'll have to hunt for Keats' grave as it's unmarked.
Find Rome’s quieter side in Garbatella
For a change from antiquity visit Garbatella, Rome's youngest district. You'll find the 'new' neighbourhood in industrial Ostiense where it was built in the 1920s along the lines of the English 'garden city' model.
Today, Garbatella's low rise buildings, communal gardens, shared courtyards and authentic community atmosphere appeal to a new generation of Romans and it's increasingly the area for rising star restaurants and clubs.
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