Rome is one of the most famous cities in the world, and rightfully so. Where else can you see The Colosseum and other iconic wonders? But what if you want to find some treasures that are off the beaten path? Here is your guide to exploring three of the coolest, lesser-known attractions the ancient city of Rome has to offer.
See St. Peter’s Bones at the Vatican
Yes, everyone knows that you can go to the Vatican. But did you know that you can actually go under the Vatican? There is a tour that takes you underneath the famous attraction, to the excavation area. A necropolis rests there, with the tombs of many prominent Roman citizens. Archaeologists believe that the graffiti “Peter is Here” in one area alludes to the bones of the Catholic church’s first pope, St. Peter. This tour is not available for younger children and those who are claustrophobic may want to avoid it, as there are some sections which will feel quite confined.
More Bones… Arranged Intricately
Another unique attraction is The Capuchin Crypt, which is an unforgettable museum of sorts. Back in 1631, the collection commenced with the bones of 300 deceased friars. As the years passed, bodies underwent a burial and exhumation process, after which their bones would be removed from the ground for inclusion in the artistic arrangement. All in all, the bones of approximately 3,700 monks are believed to included in the six rooms that comprise the crypt. This famous attraction courted controversy in the 1850s, with some visitors appalled by the macabre nature of the exhibit. The order insists, however, that the Capuchin Crypt exists merely to remind us of the swiftness of life’s passing.
The Keats-Shelley House
At the foot of the Spanish Steps lies a lesser-known attraction, the last home of poet John Keats. He was only 25, but his contributions were great. His bedroom is preserved for visitors to see, and the house also boasts a collection of over 8,000 volumes of Romantic literature. A small cinema room, gift shop, and book shop are also on hand for visitors who want to pick up trinkets reminding them of their visit.
With so many impressive, off-the-beaten path attractions, tourists to Rome have a wide range of options. These are just a few, but they’ll definitely whe your appetite for more!