So many of Rome's treasures are accessible. I walk past the Coliseum and the Forum at least three or four times a day. You can see dramatic Caravaggio paintings in several churches dotted about town. Byzantine mosaics, church relics, grand baroque fountains and vine covered alleys are all yours for the proverbial taking.
But Rome is a city of secrets too. She hides away many of her charms behind closed doors and complicated bureaucracy. These capricious treasures are available to you often only through sheer good fortune.
Last week I was invited to peek behind one of these closed doors by the team behind the beautiful website Italian Ways. A groups of Italian and American bloggers, historians and Instagrammers spent a sunny Saturday morning learning about the elegant via Guilia and the Palazzo Sacchetti Designed by Antonio da Sangallo in the mid-500's. If you have watched Paolo Sorrentino's sumptuous award winning film, La Grande Bellezza you have seen glimpses of this extraordinary place.