Rome or Roma, This historical city is home to the Colosseum, the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the Castel Sant’ Angelo, St Peter’s Basilica, The Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Piazza della Repubblica just to name a few must see in Rome. As a tourist we always forget to experience the culture and people because we have too many things to see. I was determined to experience Roma/ Rome and everything it had to offer. Driving in to Rome was a priceless experience. It was well organised chaos between the traffic and people one would wonder how you get from A to B without getting killed.
Beautifully paved narrow roads and historical old buildings all have a story of there own to tell. As I walk through these streets of Rome, taking in the energy of the day, watching hundreds of tourists, sightseeing, taking photos, shopping or you can say bargaining for the best deal or just relaxing in a cafe with a mouth watering pasta or pizza, which is exactly what I am going to do today. There is a saying ….. Eastern culture work to live and Western culture live to work….. Italians have life all figured …… the perfect balance of work and play.
First stop on my itinerary is the Trevi Fountain. Wow, it had my attention from the moment I laid my eyes on it. It was smaller then I imagined it to be but still as amazing. The fountain attracts thousands of tourist from all over the world, you have to wait for your turn to get down and close to the fountain. I eventually get down and sit by the edge on the fountain, under the loud noise of people talking and cameras clicking you can hear the soft sounds of the water fall and the amazing story goes, if you throw one coin you will come back to Rome, if you throw 2 coins you will find love and if you throw 3 coins you will get a divorce. As I sit back and watch people from all over the world, some are believers and some are sceptics but for a very strangle reason all most every one is throwing coins in the fountain. Did the fountain have super powers and in its presence you get possessed or are you just get in the moment and say what if? Needless to say I did throw a coin. Only time will tell if I come back to Rome.
Have you heard the saying….. When in Rome do what the Romans do …. WELL, in order to do what Romans do, I walk down the side walk,out of the tourist area and find myself a nice little cafe/ restaurant. After asking for a table with my very little Italian vocabulary I was seated by a window table. The menu was very simple but I found myself running my finger up and down the menu. I wanted to taste everything, its not like I haven’t eaten Italian food before but I was curious how different the dining experience will be compared to home.Will Pizza taste like Pizza? Will pasta taste like pasta? Will risotto taste like risotto? Mmmmmmmm maybe I should get one of everything and run the risk of not fitting in my jeans again hehehe. Finally I ordered spinach and ricotta cheese Ravioli and a glass of Italian red wine. The wine was to die for, a very fruity taste and yet not too sweet and just complemented the food. The food was dancing in my mouth, I was savouring every bite of my food. I was eating sooooooo slow, the waiter asked if there was a problem with my food. hehehe.
After spending two hours on my authentic Italian food experience it was time to go. My next stop is the Colosseum, The queue to get in was insane. It was definitely worth waiting for. Walking up the old cracked mud stained steps I came to a stand still as my eyes caught a glance of the inside of the Colosseum. Just to think this was built in 72AD and completed in 80AD, back when no computers or machinery or modern architectural and engineering technology existed but still here is the proof of pure passion and art. These great people showed what patience and persistence really mean.This beautiful iconic amphitheatre, it is the largest in the world and it has survived the test of time.
There is still so much to see and do and to experience. Three days and two nights is just not enough. I am already planing to return to Rome.
Chiao from Rome