Rome, the Greatest City in the World

Rome, Italy

Rome, ItalyRome 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.

Rome, ItalyThe 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.

Rome, Italy

Rome, ItalyThe Tea Room (where a pot of tea costs $20 Euro) where English women in Rome would gather for afternoon tea led me to the Statue of Mary Magdalene, Tempio Adriano (Roman pillars), and then the spectacular Pantheon. The original Pantheon temple was started in 27BC and is most famous for the small opening in the roof. I stopped for supper at a small Italian restaurant down a side street for the best bruschetta and pizza I have ever had (ironically, the cheapest too). Dessert (of course) consisted of gelato from a shop that has 150 flavours to choose from. I chose Faro Roche, strawberry, tropical fruit, and mango, one world: AMAZING! I continued my walking tour and saw the Chiesa del Gesu, grand Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II and the Foro Traiano (my first sight of a small ancient Roman ruins site). My skin tingled with anticipation after seeing glimpses of the ancient Roman ruins speckled throughout the city. I couldn’t wait to see the good stuff: the Colosseum, Palantine Hill, and Forum.
Roman Ruins

Rome, ItalyAlthough 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. Roman Ruins

13 thoughts on “Rome, the Greatest City in the World

    • I know what you mean. There is no better way to find out about a city then to roam around and explore! Getting lots is just part of that process. I fell in love with the Colosseum instantly!

  1. All roads lead to Rome. It’s a wonderful place. Don’t leave without going to the Vatican. The queue might seem terribly long, but they go rather quicker than you think. Also for museums that you really want to go to, book a time spot so that you don’t have to queue. The prices are the same and as a student/teacher even less!

  2. Definitely agree with you on the ice cream!! Was amazing. But I have to say Rome is my SECOND favorite. Prague is hands down my first, so if you haven’t been, you’ve got to go!! So for me Prague is the best, but Rome really was a close second.

    • Great, thank you for your comment. I will be posting about Prague next week! I loved Prague too! So many amazing places in one region! It’s so hard to pick just one favorite isn’t it?

      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

    • Thanks so much. It’s so hard to do it all. Don’t forget to take breaks for yourself. I’m glad you are catching up in the digital world, especially on my blog! I always appreciate your contributions and comments.

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