The Atlas Obscura Guide To Rome
132 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Rome, Italy
Updated May 5, 2022
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Culinary Naples: Producers, Purveyors, and Pizzaioli
From street food to lavish feasts, piping-hot coffee to smooth aperitivos, folk songs to opera, hilltop farms to urban wilds, immerse yourself in the greatest culinary and cultural experiences of Naples, meeting lively local Neapolitani for whom this is the only way to live.Learn More
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A Roman Emperor's Villa Is Now Producing Olive Oil
Hadrian's estate has trees found nowhere else on Earth.
by Vittoria Traverso
The Roman Museum With a Taste for Historical Cookbooks
A former pâtissier's culinary collection is now available to the public.
by Eric Millman
A View of the Space Age From the Classical World
This mesmerizing image brings the International Space Station and Rome's ancient Colosseum together.
by Gemma Tarlach
Before Haunted Houses, There Were Hell Banquets
The macabre feasts have their roots in ancient Rome.
by Sam O'Brien
Podcast: The Capitoline Wolf
Join us for a daily celebration of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places.
by The Podcast Team
Rome’s Accidental Lake Is an Urban Refuge and Catalyst for Activism
The body of water, which shouldn’t even exist, has a long history as a source of both controversy and comfort.
by Lidija Pisker
Tiberius, Imperial Detective
In ancient Rome, murder was a private business, unless the emperor took an interest in the case.
by Emma Southon