Our Guide to the Quirkier Side of Rome

By on April 15, 2016

When most people think of Rome thoughts of ancient ruins normally spring to mind. This is not surprising because images of those historical sites are what you mainly see featured in travel blog and magazine articles.

To some extent, this is a fair reflection of the city. After all Rome has plenty of historical sites. This is not surprising when you consider that the city has been continuously occupied since 753BC.

But, there is another side to Rome. One that you do not often see mentioned often. Rome has a quirky side, read on and you will soon see what we mean.

An alternative way to see the opera house

The Rome Opera House is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. It is a great place to see a performance of one of the classics, but did you know that you can go behind the scenes as well?

Well it is possible. Every Monday between 10am and 2pm, you can take a tour of the Opera House that includes going behind the stage. This four-hour tour is fascinating, and it only costs 10 Euros.

Guide to the Quirkier Side of Rome

The vegan cat restaurant scene

The Italians have a reputation for liking their food, in particular coffee and a snack. If you go there, you really must stop regularly to enjoy a coffee or beer along with a tiny cake or a small morsel of tasty food.

If you want something different, you can find it in Rome. You just need to explore and go into some of the smaller restaurants and bars. A great example of what we mean is Romeko, which is a vegan bistro that has several resident cats. It is a great place to relax and enjoy a snack with a furry companion.

Gladiator fighting for everyone

Another unusual thing to do in Rome is to learn how to fight like a gladiator. It is not for the faint hearted, but it is fantastic fun.

Segway tours

There are lots of good tours in Rome and one of the best is the Segway tour. It is a great way to avoid getting tired feet.

Unusual tours of Rome

While we are on the subject of tours, we really have to mention some of the more unusual ones you can enjoy in the city. One of our favourites is the chance to slide behind the wheel of a vintage Fiat and buzz around the city in a convoy with five or six other cars. It is great fun, and certainly an unusual way to see the sights.

On a similar theme, the Vespa tour is also worth doing. With this option, you let an experienced local rider take the strain and whisk you through the city on a vintage scooter. These tours take place at night, at a time that allows you to enjoy the ride when there is less traffic on the roads.


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