Rome is overwhelming. It’s a very big city, one that is a mix of the old and the new which makes it very different and European. I adore the fountains in every corner and water taps that are placed randomly around the city.
Of course being the ancient capital, it is engulfed in historic monuments. Usually I take to this and absorb myself in the history, but for some reason I just don’t have the energy to really see it all. I don’t actually think it’s quite possible to see it all.
We got a nice hotel close to the central station – Termini. From here most of the sights are walkable, but the daily bus pass isn’t so bad either. It’s been rainy on and off which can kill the tourist mood as well.
Everything in Rome in expensive, from the food to admission. It is one of the most visited places in the world so go figure!
I refused to pay to go inside the Colosseum since we arrived there quite late but from the outside alone, it is pretty grand. It’s when you are standing right there, in front of a real piece of human history that you realize how important Rome really is. It’s mesmerizing to see how big the Colosseum really is as well, the pictures do no justice!
We stumbled upon the Roman Forum at night so we didn’t get to see much of it because it’s poorly lit. All of Rome is like an open air art museum. It’s hard to figure out what is what but who cares when you are just staring at everything with awe.
My favorite site after the Colosseum was the Trevi Fountain. Too bad all the tourists ruin it because it seems this place is always jam packed, along with hawkers who want you to pay them 20 euros for a Polaroid.
The cobblestones, the thin crusted pizza, the delicious pasta, incredible wine, the patios filled with restaurants, large piazzas in every corner, and the wide array of churches are all what I thought of when I pictured Italy. This vision is has been quite accurate but for some reason the dash of tourism really takes away from what would otherwise be a lovely city.
You definitely need a guide book for Rome – perhaps even all of Italy due to its rich history which is still very prevalent everywhere you look. Italians of course are also very proud of their culture and it shows. But a surprising revelation was how multicultural Rome really is. There a massive population of Africans residing in Rome who speak fluent Italian and/or French. This was due to Italy’s colonization of some African countries but like all other big cities, the cultures are divided and are quite possibly living on a status structure as well. I suppose some things do never change.