An Insider Guide To Discovering Rome Without The Crowds

A visit to St Peter’s Square in Vatican City is a must on your Rome itinerary

This month, PORTER and curated-travel platform Plum Guide are collaborating to highlight the most in-demand destinations for 2022, plus the incredible places to stay and things to do while you are there. First up, an insider itinerary for Rome, featuring local tips and recommendations for discovering the delights of the Italian capital from Plum Guide’s experts



Rome has an illustrious hotel scene, but for a truly immersive stay in the city, these vacation homes – selected from Plum Guide’s hand-picked and meticulously assessed collection – offer their own unique perspectives…

Pensieri Stupendi, Pantheon

Enjoy an ultra-exclusive vantage point of the Pantheon and the bustling piazza from the small balcony of Pensieri Stupendi, a perfectly formed and centrally located apartment. The inside is equally beguiling thanks to the sumptuous sofas, sleek marble bathroom, chequerboard flooring and majestic wallpaper.

The stylishly appointed Pensieri Stupendi apartment is located right by the Pantheon

Cedrata, Monti

This charming home is cozy and chic, with original features such as beamed ceilings and oak floorboards. Cedrata’s standout spot is its sunny veranda, with throngs of flowers and fresh citrus fruits. The surrounding streets of Monti, a creative hub in the city, are wonderful to get lost in, offering up traditional trattorias and alfresco cafés.

Opera Glass, Monti

The spectacular Opera Glass apartment boasts striking, opulent touches (including ceiling frescoes and marble arches) offset by lots of natural light. A private abode with many of the benefits of being in a hotel – from a chef to a 24/7 concierge – it is located a short stroll from a number of iconic landmarks. For a wonderful vista, the dreamy, private rooftop terrace gives skyline views of the Eternal City.

Enjoy breakfast on the sunny rooftop terrace at Opera Glass with skyline views across Rome

The Terrace Palermo

It is impossible to choose between the indoors and outdoors of this refined two-bedroom property. The ornate interiors at The Terrace Palermo pay homage to a bygone era, featuring a grand piano, antiques and 17th-century artworks. Up on the rooftop terrace, which is bedecked with plants, the panorama takes in the Colosseum on one side and the Quirinal (Presidential) Palace on the other, with an array of seating to while away a sunny day or a balmy evening.

With its leafy sun terrace and old-world interiors, The Terrace Palermo is the ideal home-from-home for those wanting to immerse themselves in the history of Rome

Trajan’s Chambers, Monti

Settle onto the pistachio-striped sofa or pretty Juliet balcony in this immaculately appointed home to peruse your impressive surroundings. Trajan’s Chambers is located within easy walking distance of the city’s most famous sights and has magnificent views of the Imperial Fora and the Vittoriano. For a night in, there is a beautiful formal dining room.

Ancient history can be found round every corner in Rome, such as the ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina


For a foray into the city’s history (while circumventing the hoards around the Colosseum) head for a lesser-known ruin instead. Largo di Torre Argentina makes for an unexpected discovery – the sunken piazza dates back to 4th century BC, and was the site of Julius Caesar’s death.

Pre-book a private evening tour of St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums to explore without so many fellow visitors. You can begin with an aperitif at Cortille della Pigna before getting an uninterrupted insight into the renowned galleries, and ending with the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel.

Take a train ride to Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome. Featuring temples, an amphitheatre and public baths, it’s less crowded and closer to Rome than Pompeii, and gives visitors a glimpse of the past.

The city has an abundance of art to enjoy, but two destinations not to miss are MAXXI, the National Museum of Art of the 21st Century, which is housed in a building designed by Zaha Hadid and boasts an incredible collection of contemporary national art as well as globally recognized exhibitions. Then make your way to Macro, a cutting-edge museum situated in a former brewery.


Michelin-starred Il Convivio Troiani boasts an intimate and enchanting atmosphere, beginning with an arrangement of small appetizers hanging from the ceiling to tantalize the tastebuds. Try the seven-course tasting menu, which is paired with an Italian wine list.

Both the ancient Testaccio market and Mercato Centrale food court are unmissable for a vibrant food-market scene. At the latter, Trapizzino comes highly recommended, and serves a pizza cone filled with traditional Roman flavors.

The family-run Enoteca Corsi opens in the afternoon only, so make sure to visit for lunch to indulge in this osteria’s menu of hearty classics.

The ancient winery and bottiglieria (wine shop) Ai Tre Scalini serves authentic Roman cuisine alongside a spectacular array of vino.

Meanwhile, the refined and intimate Jerry Thomas Speakeasy is a hidden-away cocktail spot that is world-renowned, as well as a local favorite.

For artisanal Italian coffee, stop by Sant’ Eustachio il caffè, where the baristas make an incredible caffè zuccherato (sweetened coffee) by adding a spoonful of foam from the first few drops of an espresso, whipped with sugar.

Rome’s cobbled streets are filled with charming osterias for atmospheric alfresco dining
One of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Colosseum dates back to 72 AD and is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome
Stop by the Pantheon, a former Roman temple, before continuing your walk across the river Tiber for a stroll around the picturesque neighbourhood of Trastevere


The city isn’t short of potential for amore, but Fontana dell’Acqua Paola – found atop of Janiculum, the second-tallest hill in the city – is a marvellously romantic setting. Order a pizza from one of Trastevere’s many brilliant pizzerias, then watch the sun set over St. Peter’s Basilica from this secluded spot. The picturesque neighborhood of Trastevere is also well worth a stroll around to see baroque churches, scenic streets and piazzas filled with locals enjoying aperitivi.


To peruse an impeccable selection of the city’s expert artisan makers and centuries-old ateliers, head for Parione, by the Campo de’ Fiori on the banks of the Tiber. Bibliophiles should also call in to Antica Libreria Cascianelli, which has an impressive assortment of rare tomes and first editions.


Movie enthusiasts will recognize Via Margutta as a key setting from 1953 classic Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Running from Piazza di Spagna to Piazza del Popolo, the flower-festooned street now encompasses art galleries alongside magnificent stores and restaurants.

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