Six unusual tours of Rome that reveal a different side to the city

To celebrate Rome’s 150th anniversary as the capital of Italy, we pick six ways to discover new sides to the Eternal City, from virtual reality tours of the Colosseum to day trips on a Vespa scooter.

Rome: Wild rhinoceros

Palazzo Rhinoceros is home to Alda Fendi’s latest art space, as well as the Rooms of Rome, a bold new hotel concept that counts Michelangelo drawings among the decor.

Rome's underground attractions

Having disappeared from the annals of history until a century ago, the Basilica Sotterranea di Porta Maggiore has been restored — and its cleaned-up carvings suggest this mysterious place was dedicated to the cult of femininity

Day trips from Rome

Head beyond Rome's outer limits — to the medieval towns, ancient trails and dormant volcanoes — to discover some of the lesser-known sights within easy reach of the Eternal City

As good as new: Rome's recent renovations

Due to a series of recent renovations and facelifts, the Eternal City has a glut of 'new' ancient sites — places restored to their former glory or open to the public for the first time in millennia

Notes from an author: Nadia Dalbuono

It's easy to feel insignificant in a city whose living ruins mark some of the most triumphant accomplishments of civilisation — yet Rome's magnetic pull is undeniable

Meet the artisans of Rome

Ancient traditions are alive and well in Rome — from a parfumier and a bookbinder to a leather worker and a mosaic artist, these six artisans will make you want to reach for your wallet

Neighbourhood: Monti, Rome

From Roman slum to boho enclave, Monti has had many faces — but with raucous bars, artisanal markets and boutiques, this is its most exciting incarnation yet

5 of the best parks and gardens in Rome

It doesn't take long to find the best parks and gardens in Rome — it's packed with everything from low-key green spaces to botanical beauties

Hotlist: What's new on Rome's cultural calendar

New tours, al fresco opera, live theatre… 2018 is a big year on Rome's cultural calendar

Rome's neighbourhoods

From a pottery mountain to cool Pigneto, there are plenty of reasons to take the tram out of Rome and explore.

Rooms under £100: Rome

Smart, culturally savvy and darkly romantic — Rome is all these things and more, plus a hotbed of budget rooms

Live like a local: Rome

Once seen as Europe's most provincial capital, Rome is finally allowing more hip, cosmopolitan pursuits to flourish alongside its ancient traditions

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