Rome Insolita

The uncommon Rome

What’s better than a nice weekend in Rome to admire “The Great Beauty“? But I do not want to recommend the usual places, the most tourist and inflated, this time I will try to tell you and make you know those places that remain hidden and secrets even to the Romans themselves, but that certainly contribute to make the city of Rome so famous around the world . If your passions are art and modern architecture, certainly a walk in the Coppedè district or a guided tour of the Museo della Casina delle Civette (Museum of the House of Owls) will be right for you. These are two fantastic places of extraordinary splendor, a real dip in the Art Nouveau style.

Villino delle Fate

The Coppedè district, which takes its name from the architect who designed it entirely between 1915 and 1927, will amaze you with its architecture made of turrets, small villas, fountains and monumental arches. You will almost seem to be “spied on” by fairies, mythological beings and knights. The Palazzo del Ragno, Fontana della Rane, Palazzi degli Ambasciatori, Villino delle Fate…in short, an architectural treasure that will take your breath away, a set of turrets, courtyards and loggias that will immediately catapult you into a real own fantastic kingdom!

La Casina delle Civette

Always in this enchanted world you will find yourself admiring the beautiful and colorful windows of the La Casina delle Civette. A villa inside the park of Villa Torlonia strongly desired at the beginning of the ‘900 by Prince Giovanni who followed and actively participated in its construction by architects, such as Vincenzo Fasolo, Venuto Venuti and Enrico Gennari. This Torlonia man loved solitude, study and the arts. He surrounded himself in his home with decorated salons that depict roses, swallows, ivy and vine shoots. But above all owls! They are everywhere: on the windows, on the wallpaper in the bedroom, on chandeliers and other furniture…a real obsession! The enchantment and wonder will accompany the visit while you will discover all the secrets contained within this architectural gem, often hidden from the same inhabitants of Rome.

Palazzo Altemps

On the other hand, if ancient art is your passion, there is a very special museum in which  masterpieces of Roman sculpture are exhibited, Palazzo Altemps, not too far from Piazza Navona. Inside a sumptuously frescoed Renaissance building, some pieces belonging to the private collections of the noble Roman families are preserved, among which those of the Boncompagni Ludovisi family deserve particular mention. The enchantment will be absolute admiring the Trono Ludovisi, the Galata Suicida, the Sarcofago Ludovisi, as well as the Ares restored by Bernini.

Torre Caetani and Fabricio Bridge

If you want to enjoy the sun and the typical Roman breeze, I suggest a walk through some of the most characteristic neighborhoods. Starting from the Ghetto area, an intricate succession of alleys and narrow streets, unfortunately protagonists of dark episodes of history not too far away, as the dramatic deportation of 1943, will take you to the discovery of a corner of the city unchanged over the centuries. Here you can enjoy delicious dishes of the Jewish-Roman culinary tradition such as the excellent carciofi alla giudia (artichokes) or give yourself a moment of good taste tasting the exquisite cake with sour cherries of the ancient Boccione Bakery in Via del Portico d’Ottavia. From here you can reach the Isola Tiberina, always connected to the two banks of the Tiber thanks to its bridges, the Fabricio and the Cestio. Here you can admire the Torre Caetani, built in the Middle Ages as a defensive outpost; the Church of San Giovanni Calibita, the hospital chapel of the Fatebenefratelli (one of the oldest and most important hospitals in Rome) and the enchanting small square which overlooks the beautiful church of San Bartolomeo all’Isola, which rises above the ancient temple of the god Aesculapius, protector of medicine.

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Going further, you reach Trastevere, the heart of the truest Romanity, the undoubtedly most characteristic district of the whole city. Alleys, streets, breathtaking views and buildings with an ancient flavor will lead you, enchanting you with their beauty, with its center that is Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, which takes its name from the splendid basilica that overlooks it, the first church of the city ​​dedicated to the Marian cult. Worth a visit inside to admire the beautiful cosmateschi floors and the ancient mosaics of the apse. A curiosity: till the XIX° century the bad boys who wanted to change their lifestyle, came here to hang on the walls of the entrance their “work tools” like swords and knives.

Coda alla vaccinara

After walking for so long, your stomach will surely grumble but luckily you are in the right district, because in Trastevere there are many taverns that serve typical Roman cuisine in which you can enjoy an excellent carbonara or a delicious coda alla vaccinara! For the romantic people, I recommend to climb up the Gianicolo, the panoramic terrace overlooking the whole city.

Where to Stay

The Kolbe Hotel Rome is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the Eternal City, in the shadow of the Palatine Hill, where according to legend Romulus and Remus were nursed by the wolf. This prestigious property overlooks the enchanting scenery of the Imperial Forums and is based in a historic building recently renovated, preserving some original architectural elements, to give its guests the charm of ancient times combined with the most modern comforts.

All 72 rooms are a perfect blend of past and present offering you the chance to stay in an oasis of charme and peace right in the centre of Rome. In the rooms of the Kolbe Hotel Rome, your senses will be enchanted by the fascination of the past, surrounded by a timeless atmosphere with all modern comforts. The ‘Garden Restaurant Al Palatino’ is an elegant restaurant serving classic Roman cuisine alongside several international dishes. The stylish bar offers a wide selection of wines and cocktails and in warmer months guests can enjoy meals and drinks in the leafy hotel garden.

Guests, during the summer, can relax in our charming green oasis, the cloistered garden of what used to be a convent, a beautiful internal garden with olive and citrus trees, the perfect setting for outdoor dining, romantic weddings and for unforgettable events.


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