Listing all the curious, hidden corners, not touristy in Rome is an endless enterprise.
Here you will not find the usual monuments, tourist attractions and discounted places for tourists, but a careful and entertaining selection of the most unusual 4 places to see, at least once in a lifetime, worth visiting in the Capital.
If you want to spend a day surrounded by greenery, but also in culture you can walk in the magnificent setting of the Aventino hill, where you get out of the hustle and bustle that surrounds Rome daily, the area is in fact very quiet and silent. There is a small ‘surprise’ for those who want to enjoy a suggestive panorama : the keyhole of the door of the Priory of the Knights of Malta, next to the “Giardino degli Aranci”.
The keyhole is in fact a perspective game that can make the view of the dome different from the usual, and exciting.
Climbing the Gianicolo Hill to witness the unusual rite of the cannon shot is a way to fully penetrate the skin and history of Rome.
This is where the magic begins: the terrace offers a spectacular view of the historic centre of Rome, one of the most romantic of the city.
It is possible to watch for free daily at 12:00 o’clock for a cannon shot that gives the start to all the bells of the churches of Rome, so they can ring in unison at noon. It was Papa Pio IX who introduced the blank cannonade to give a “standard” to the bells of the churches of Rome, so that they were univocal.
The main square of Vatican city, St Peter’s Square, has not always been as we know it today. Between 1656 and 1667 Gian Lorenzo Bernini created, for the Pope Alessandro VII Chigi, the grandiose portico that delimits the square of San Pietro.
After several destructions of pre-existing structures, a new project was reached with many difficulties, which initially aroused fierce criticism but which later became a key reference point for modern architecture worldwide.
Pausing on the colonnade we want to reveal one of its great peculiarities: try to stop precisely on the small circular tile located on the ground and look around: the 4 rows of columns will suddenly become one: this thanks to a brilliant optical effect created by the gradual increase of the diameter of the columns themselves.
Moreover, crossing the square, it seems that the columns approach and move away creating movement, this happens thanks to particular geometric calculations and studies on optical effects.
Another spectacular optical effect linked to the dome of San Pietro can be admired from Via Niccolò Piccolomini, near the Appia Antica. Walking along this small residential street you can see the huge dome of San Pietro. From this point too there is a singular and curious phenomenon. The further you go, the larger and closer the “Cupolone” will appear, while if you approach, the dome will seem to be moving away… In short, another extraordinary optical effect that Rome offers you.