WHEN IN ROME … DO WHAT ROMANS DO 🙂
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-sees 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 into Rome was a priceless experience. It was well-organized 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 their 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 lives to work….. Italians have life all figured …… the perfect balance of work and play.
The 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 than I imagined it to be but still as amazing. The fountain attracts thousands of tourists 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 by the fountain, under the loud noise of people talking and cameras clicking you can hear the soft sounds of the waterfall 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 skeptics, but for a very strange reason, all most everyone is throwing coins in the fountain. Did the fountain have superpowers 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 sidewalk, out of the tourist area and find myself a nice little cafe/ restaurant. After asking for a table with my limited Italian vocabulary, I was seated at a window table. The menu was straightforward, but I found myself running my finger up and down the menu. I wanted to taste everything, it’s 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 hehe. 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 complimented the food. The food was dancing in my mouth, I was savoring every bite of my food. I was eating sooooooo slow, the waiter asked if there was a problem with my food. hehe.
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 standstill 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 amphitheater is the largest in the world and it has survived the test of time.
Must see when in Rome
(1) Colosseum (Roman gladiatorial arena)
(2) Trevi Fountain (magical fountain)
(3) Vatican Museums
(4) St. Peters Basilica
(6) Sistine Chapel
(7) Spanish Steps
(8) St. Peters Square (dare to people watch)
(9) Admire Ancient Ruins at the Roman Forum
There is still so much to see and do and to experience. Three days and two nights are just not enough. I am already planning to return to Rome.
Chiao from Rome
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