Previously published on Matador Network Travelstoke.
The Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, the Trevi Fountain. We know them and love them, but unfortunately so does everyone else. If you want to skip the throngs of tour groups and sight-seers, make haste to one of these under-appreciated but equally-illuminating cultural sites in the Eternal City.
1. Galleria Doria Pamphilj
The antiquities hall at Galleria Doria Pamphilj.
The Galleria Doria Pamphilij is a museum that features the private collection of the palace’s former resident: the ridiculously-wealthy nephew of Pope Innocent X. Velazquez’s famous portrait of Innocent X resides here, as well as equally-impressive masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Titian. Fans of Flemish art will find Rome’s finest collection of Flemish masters within these halls.
2. Baths of Caracalla
Gargantuan ruins at the Bath of Caracalla.
Prepared to be stunned before the magnificence of this massive ancient Roman bath complex located a short walk from the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill. Imagine the walls of these ruins covered in marble, mosaics, and the finest statues of antiquity as 60,000 bathers made their way in and out with ease. It’s no wonder sights like these have inspired artists and writers throughout the ages (Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound was composed among these ruins).
3. Casa di Goethe
Goethe in the Roman Campagna inside the Casa di Goethe.