Here are three of the world’s most underrated sights worth visiting – in place of the ones that make the “most visited” list.
Paris: Skip Notre Dame. There’s a reason Notre Dame receives over 12 million visitors annually. One of the first buildings in the world to rely on flying buttresses, and long considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, this cathedral is a sight to behold. But you can garner a strong appreciation for it just by walking by, rather than fighting off the crowds to gain entry. Instead, save your indoor time for the smaller, lesser appreciated – but nonetheless stunning, especially from within the chapel – St-Gervais-et-St-Protais church. Just an eight-minute walk from Notre Dame, this church is one of the oldest in Paris, and – crowned by a gorgeous stained glass window – the oldest organ in the city (dating back to 1601) can be found here.
London: Skip Hyde Park. The 600-acre Hyde Park is home to the Kensington Gardens, the infamous Speakers’ Corner and numerous memorials – and so many visitors struggle with where to go and what to see. Just across the Thames, Battersea Park, at 200 acres, is much more manageable – and yet has plenty to offer. Our favorite spots here are the children’s zoo, Pump House Gallery and numerous gardens.
Rome: Skip the Colosseum. Castel Sant’Angelo is certainly a popular attraction. But compared to its similarly cylindrical counterpart, the Colosseum, which receives 20 million tourists annually, this ancient edifice is refreshingly free of stifling crowds. And you can soak up just as much history here; the mausoleum-turned-fortress-turned-castle-turned-now-museum is home to Roman Emperor Hadrian’s tomb, as well as beautiful sculptures, stunning views from the top, and even a hidden passageway.