If when you think of Rome, musty museums and ancient monuments are all that comes to mind, you will find this post a bit of a revelation. This ancient city has much more to offer than historic sites. There are plenty of other things to do and see in Rome.
Learn to fight like a gladiator
A visit to the Gladiator Museum is interesting enough in itself. The fact that you can also learn how to fight like a gladiator makes it an even more amazing experience. Classes typically last for 2 hours and are tailored to suit the age and physicality of the participants.
Enjoy a modern opera experience
If you have never been to the opera before Rome is a good place to do so. There are three traditional venues where you can enjoy popular operas like Madame Butterfly, La Traviata and the Barber of Seville. At the Salone Margherita Theatre, you can book one of the upper boxes and enjoy a meal as well as the performance.
In Rome, during the summer months, you can also enjoy open-air performances, which are held at the ancient Roman baths. Rome is also home to a roaming opera company who perform exerts from operas in unusual locations throughout the city. It is a unique way to enjoy both the performance and the sights.
You can buy tickets for practically any opera performance from romeoperatickets.com. Refreshingly, most of the tickets are not expensive, which is another good reason for enjoying opera in Rome.
Visit a pyramid
You would not expect to find an ancient pyramid in the middle of a modern city, but there is one in Rome. The Pyramid of Cestius was built in about 18–12 BC to serve as the tomb of Gaius Cestius. It is remarkably well preserved, so you would never guess it was so old.
Enjoy spectacular street art
Rome is full of art galleries and museums, which are home to some beautiful and fascinating works of art. These collections cover all centuries including the 21st century.
If you like street art, head for The Ostiense district. There you will be able to experience some great paintings. Some of them are huge, covering several buildings, and there is always a fresh piece of work to enjoy. You can find out more about this area, here.
Most tourist cities offer guided tours as part of the package and Rome is no exception. There are hundreds of different ways to see more of the city.
Of course, the old favourites like hop on hop off buses, Segway tours and ordinary walking tours are all available. However, there are also some unusual tours available including the chance to whizz round the city on a classic Vespa, in a cute electric car, or an original Fiat 500s.
When it comes to quirky experiences, Rome has a lot to offer. It is well worth spending a few hours online finding out what is available and pre-booking anything that takes your fancy. In the summer months, Rome gets very busy, so tickets for events, tours and events quickly sell out. Booking in advance is the best way to make sure that you are not disappointed.