Rome is probably my favorite European city (so far) because it’s a mighty city that has everything from culture, food, nature, architecture, art, history, and charisma. Rome captured my heart from the moment I laid eyes on the grand Trevi Fountain (even though it was under construction). The Trevi fountain is 25.9 metres high and 18.9 metres wide; the fountain is huge and is one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. Rome was bigger and better than I ever expected and I couldn’t believe that I had the opportunity to visit the world famous historical city and landmark.
The architecture, buildings, basilicas, statues, Roman Ruins, Colosseum (and beyond) enthralled me throughout my visit in Rome. Wandering the lavish ancient city made my heart sing and soul dance as my mind imagined when it must have looked like during its prime. I ignored the thousands of people around me and explored the city as if it was only me and the world. Even the French copied the Romans architecture style and placed similar arches in Paris as in Rome. Paris’ architecture is put to shame after seeing what the Romans produced. After entering the old city’s entrance, Piazzo del Popolo, I walked through the city’s first arch to the Spanish Steps. The Spanish steps is the widest staircase in Europe with 138 steps to Trinita dei Monti. Each step I took through the narrow streets the more my eyes came alive with each monument and landmark.
Although my day was coming to an end and darkness was upon me, I couldn’t go to bed and depart for my hostel without seeing the Colosseum regardless if I saw it at night. As I neared the mighty Colosseum my heart started to race knowing that I was about to see one of the most amazing sights I could possibly see. As soon as I laid my eyes on the mighty beast my insides tightened and I was overjoyed. The Colosseum illuminated at dusk as I walked closer to the massive fortress of terror along the Piazza del Colosseo inching my way towards it. I stood outside of the Colosseum at the base looking up at its tall walls. I finally made it. I was actually seeing it in person and not just on the internet. I couldn’t wait to return to explore the interior of the Colosseum and the surrounding Roman Ruins the next day. Stay tuned.