Following up on our previous post on Testaccio is this post on the Non-Catholic Cemetery (Cimitero Acattolico), better known as the Protestant Cemetery, located on Via Caio Cestio, just off of Via Marmorata in Testaccio. Continue reading…
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Rome is renowned for its many monuments, museums, and archaeological sites. Rome is a city that breathes life through the presence or absence of its buildings. Still, as amazing as the Colosseum or the Baths of Caracalla are, sometimes you just want to get away from it all.
Here are 3 natural spaces in Rome, where you can take a breather from touring the city.
Villa Ada, Via Salaria
(Get There: Bus 223 to Stazione La Giustiniana or Tram FC3 to Montebello)
Located in northeastern Rome, Villa Ada is the second largest park in Rome that covers an area of 450 acres. Known not only for its beauty, the Villa Ada is also a popular venue for many artistic and musical events. Although a public park, Villa Ada also houses the Egyptian Embassy, and so there are some areas that are considered private and are restricted.
Originally, the Villa was the royal residence of the Italian royal House of Savoy from 1872 to 1878. The name of the Villa stems from the brief period (1878-1904) when a Swiss count (Tellfner) named it after his wife Ada.
Leaving aside the politics of whether to call it street art or graffiti, 2014 was a great year for Rome’s alternative art scene. Both Italian and international street artists have made the Eternal City their latest canvas for cultural and self-expression, and many of the city’s more residential neighborhoods.
In the recent years, websites that represent the street artist community, such as Street Art Roma, Street Art News, and 999 Contemporary Street Art, have emerged and are growing in popularity, giving new understanding to the art form by creating educational dialogue.