Rome is filled to the brim with cultural sights and attractions – many of which are filled to the brim with tourists. The Colosseum alone attracted over 7 million tourists in 2017, while other noteworthy sites like the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are crowded at all hours of the day. Add in the draw of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and you could easily spend your whole time in Rome shuffling in between attractions without the time – or space – to catch your breath. The good news is you don’t need to spend hours in line to get up close and personal with the city’s many artistic treasures. The Eternal City is home to dozens of small museums and secret galleries that are well worth a visit and spared the heavy foot traffic of more famous sights. These 9 lesser-known villas and palazzi are some of my favorites in the city because they showcase Rome’s outstanding art in incredible settings, often hidden in plain sight of major squares like Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori. When you wander off the beaten path, you’ll enjoy some of the city’s greatest paintings, statues and frescoes – all to yourself.