For those who are keen to strike a balance between escaping the tourist crowds and still having plenty to see and do, Ostiense is the answer. Catch the metro to Piramide Station and explore a more urban side of Rome in an unrecognisable but ever-growing area with ancient relics, innumerable Instagram-worthy street corners, and a wide array of international eateries. Welcome to Ostiense – a fresh, new take on “picturesque Rome”.
Go Sightseeing to Discover Rome’s Most Iconic Monuments
You’ll be astounded by the number of important monuments this city has to offer!
From ancient ruins and historical basilicas, to victory columns and arches, Rome is overflowing with monuments just waiting to be discovered. The most famous monument that makes its way across nearly every souvenir from the city is the Colosseum, the massive amphitheater that once housed the gladiatorial games nearly 2,000 years ago. Today, you are able to explore all of the tiers of the Colosseum including the arena floor and even see the mechanisms and cages that remain underground to this day.
Another breathtaking monument located in Rome’s historic city center is the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000 year old building was once a temple dedicated to all gods, but was later converted into a Catholic church that still functions today. Once you enter inside for free, you’ll find a massive unreinforced concrete dome complete with an opening in its center called the oculus. Besides being a beautiful sight to see, the Pantheon also contains the graves of many important historical figures such as Raphael, the great Renaissance painter, and Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of Italy.
The only ancient Egyptian-style pyramid in Europe offers an unexpected greeting at the exit of Piramide Metro Station. It was originally built as a tomb for Gaius Cestius in 12 BC, making it one of the most well-preserved ancient structures in the city. Entry to visit the interior burial chamber should be booked in advance but, to be honest, the sheer site of a pyramid in Rome is enough to “wow” anyone!
A stunning cemetery spans in the shadow of the Pyramid. Walking amongst the graves is less morbid than it seems, as the walled perimeter and lush greenery offer a serene escape from the buzzing city. Angelic sculptures and poetic inscriptions mark the gravestones of Rome’s non-Catholics, including John Keats and the son of Goethe. Even Percy Shelley wrote “It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place” before he died and was also put to rest here.
Ancient Roman sculpture on display in an old power plant just screams modern-day-hipster! Whether you’re a novelty-seeking millennial or not, classical art has an undeniable allure that this quirky, industrial gallery does not fail to highlight.
Grocery shopping has never been so exciting! Stock up on authentic Italian specialities like Calabrian salami, handmade pasta, and artisanal cheeses in addition to coffee, biscotti, and, of course, wine! This place has it all. Try free samples or sit down for lunch at one of the Eataly restaurants before making a stop at the pasticceria for dessert!
Ostiense has a lot to offer, but its street art can’t go unnoticed nor un-noted. International artists have decked the neighbourhood with colourful murals of epic proportions. Big hitting artists like Sten & Lex, Blu, Axel Void, and C215 have all got in on the action. Lace up your walking boots or hop on a Vespa and let the explorations begin!
Via Francesco Negri 15. This vegan bistrot not only serves up amazing international creations made from fresh, seasonal ingredients, but they also let you play with their feline friends. Reservations are required!
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