Rome is one of those cities you can keep going back to. I fell in love with it 5 years ago and didn’t hesitate at the thought of revisiting. Rome is bursting at the seams with history, culture and architecture; but there is so much more to offer.
My second visit was mainly spent exploring the street art in the districts that tourists don’t go to. Blissfully avoiding the masses of human traffic concentrated elsewhere, we enjoyed the peaceful Ostiene and San Lorenzo. You’d never have guessed we were there at prime time weekend in the Spring high season. These were my highlights in discovering an alternative Rome. For anyone heading back and wanting to see something different, I hope this inspires.
See a Roman pyramid and kick back and enjoy the art in Ostiene
The neighbourhood of Ostiene is undergoing a rapid cultural transformation, shifting from an industrial area to a trendy hot spot for youngsters, nightlife and art. On the way into Ostiene you’ll spot the Pyramid of Cestius, inspired by the Egyptian pyramids which was quite fashionable in Rome during the Augustan age. Enjoy the art in the back streets of Ostiene and hang out in one of the cool bars for brunch.
Hunt for art in San Lorenzo
This is another upcoming neighbour in Rome, attracting younger generations and hipsters. Walk down Via Dei Sabelli trying to spot hidden art gems and cute shops.
Listen to blues music in Trastevere
This is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Rome; I loved it the first time and still love it now. Super popular with tourists, Trastevere is full of hustle and bustle, fantastic bars, restaurants and shops. This time I went to Big Mama – an underground Blues Bar with incredible live bands that will blow your mind away. We saw the AMAZING Hot Soup play and this has been my most memorable and favourite moment of Trastevere ever. Don’t miss these incredible steps too!