Italy is home to some of the most influential people and artwork throughout thousands of years of history. It is an ancient location as remnants of the past tell stories of events that have shaped humankind today. Rome is full of locations that everyone wants to experience for themselves. However, there may be some that are uncommon that you must see in order to appreciate the multiple facets of historical Italy. In addition to Hipmunk’s guide to Rome, you can get more out of the experience by exploring places you never knew existed.
Largo di Torre Argentina
Site of an ancient series of temples and believed Theater of Pompey, Largo Argentina also hosts one of Rome’s more humanitarian aspects. Hundreds of cats find these ruins as shelter as a no-kill area for homeless felines. Operators concentrate on spaying and neutering these animals in the hopes to help control the cat population of Rome while the felines find refuge in ruins that are more than 2,000 years old.
Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II
Although this structure isn’t ancient, the design has been inspired by Roman architecture and has been standing since 1935. Not only does this massive white marble structure depict Roman stone art at its finest, but the view of the city is nothing short of amazing from this locale.
One of the most notable fountains in the world, Trevi Fountain was created in 1762 to commemorate the legend of the virgin leading Roman soldiers to a fresh water spring. An aqueduct was then developed to bring this water 22 kilometers from its source to the Baths of Agrippa. This waterway served Rome for more than four centuries.
Home to more than 1000 species of roses, the Roseto Comunale is believed to be one of the most romantic gardens in Rome. Although you’ll want to visit the location during the spring when the flowers are in bloom, the garden itself is an amazing experience for those that love the outdoors. If you love flowers, you may not find a more alluring area in Italy.
There is so much to Italy, it would be next to impossible to explore everything the country has to offer in a single vacation. Take back with you memories of a location that are unique when compared to others. Appreciate places such as the Vatican, but realize the potential of other less common attractions for historical significance.
* Photo of Trevi Fountain courtesy of Wikipedia