See & Do
Though, this area might be a bit off-the-beaten-path for some and a schelp from the cuore di Roma for others, if you get the chance to venture out to this neighborhood you'll find it offers several spectacular gems to keep you busy for an afternoon or a day even. One of the biggest reasons you should visit the Trieste-Salaria area is because of the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza. The church dates back to the 4th century and is virtually intact. It was built under the rule of Costantine I as a mausoleum for his daughter Constantina who died in 354 AD. What makes the church so unique is its circular shape and its early Christian architecture. On any given weekend in the Spring and Summer, the church is booked with weddings as its one of the most sought-after locations for Italian brides to exchange their vows.
Speaking of architecture, another interesting nook for building and design buffs is the Coppedè quartiere. Though the section (built in 1912) of this neighborhood is tiny (about 31,000 square meters), tourists and locals love to come here to marvel at the uniquely designed buildings fusioned with Ancient Greek, Baroque and Medieval influences. The area consists of some 40 odd palazzi (palaces), villas, fountains and other structures.
Of churches and buildings aren't your thing, this area is filled with green spaces where you can lounge the afternoon away, go for a picnic or even engage in Italians' favorite pastime, the passeggiata. Rome's Villa Ada park located on Via Salaria is one of the most popular parks after Villa Borghese. There is also another smaller but nice park located on Via Nomentana called Villa Torlonia where one can sometimes catch an art exhibit or even a free concert from time to time.