While we are all thinking of our significant others, family, and friends this LOVING season, I thought it would be particularly relevant to share my Rome experience with you all. After all, Rome is the city of love.
While I did not find love in Rome (I have a great one at home), I did fall IN LOVE with Rome. I fell in love with its different cultures, sights, and people. It amazed me how I could be standing by something as old as the Colosseum that dates back to the A.D 80, and the next minute being swept up by pop art and the hustle and bustle of shoppers a few blocks away.
My journey began on the Spanish Steps in front of the Trinita dei Monti church where I posed for a typical picture. I loved how many people took time to sit on these steps and enjoy the beautiful afternoon.
Next I drank from Bernini’s Fountain. I don’t remember if I was disgusted that I had drank from a public fountain, or if I got water in my nose. It was probably a combination of the both, but it was well worth the apparent “good Luck” I would get from drinking out of it.
I of course stopped by the immaculate Trevi Fountain. So much detail was put into this Fountain, and it’s view in person is breathtaking. However, as a tourist we may not touch the water or the guards will blow their whistle at you. You are however allowed to throw a coin into the water over your shoulder in order to make a wish. I’ll let you know when my wish comes true…
I’m not sure if I fell in love with Rome for the right reasons because I may have enjoyed a shopping night with my girls a little too much. I was very pleased with the shops in Rome, and even more pleased with the outfit I bought. One might think that taking a night to shop in Rome is simply a waste of time, but I thought it was the perfect way to see where the locals go, and to bring myself home a souvenir of course.
The streets of Rome were fascinating as we were shopping around. Every new alley and corner was full of interesting wall art, pop art, and graffiti. I love the modern twist on such a traditional town.
Just when I thought the walls in Rome were interesting, we came across steet performers and street painters. They were both entertaining and funny, and something that locals and tourists gather around to see.
As the day became longer, the sky got darker, and before I know it the moon is shining and my friends and I are many many miles from our hotel. As we attempted to make our way to the train, we came to a quick stop when we realized we were approaching a marathon. We were all very confused as to why there was a marathon going right though Rome at 9:00 at night, but who were we to judge. We did however have to take a detour that we made ourselves by looking at the map. We walked miles trying to get around the marathon and the hundreds of runners. We started to give up and call a taxi to take us back to our hotel (no matter how much it would cost) in order to spare the embarrassment of admitting that we were lost. And then we laid eyes on the most beautiful sight we had ever seen.
The Colosseum! There it was, right in front of us. It was beautiful at night, and we marveled at it knowing that we would be back the next day. The building looked so intricate and fascinating at night, and I’m so glad that we became “lost.” Looking at he map and realizing that we were at the Colosseum meant that we were REALLY far from our hotel, but totally worth this unexpected breathtaking view.
The next day (after only a few hours of sleep after being lost in Rome), I finally conquered The Colosseum. I marveled at how massive and ancient it was. The history of the building was fascinating to me. I won’t bore you with the details, but I just feel so lucky to have gotten to stand where history was made.
This building has been standing for THOUSANDS of years, and it is still beautiful as ever.
To end the tour of the Colosseum, I was blessed with the honor of getting to see some of the Ancient Ruins of Rome. I got to see some of the seven aqueducts of Rome, and explore the history of the Roman Empire.
As I’m writing this blog tonight, I’m remembering how much I fell IN love with the city OF love. The fountains, the people, the culture, the food, the art, the history, and of course the memories, are forever things that I will cherish. If I can recommend anything to anyone in my life, it would be to go to Rome: The City of Love, and you too will find love like I did.
Ciao for now,