La Citta Eterna—Rome

La Citta Eterna, Rome The Eternal City. What up Lizzie Mcguire reference. Recently we visited one if the most important historical cities in the world—Rome. The city of Caesar and the famous Colosseum. The capital of the Roman Empire which ruled the ancient world for a long period of time—the city that pretty much ruled the world in its time.

This past weekend we visited Rome and spent the weekend site-seeing and eating—pizza and gelato. Although Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, and truly rich in history, it actually turned out to be completely different than I expected (a young Italian pop star named Paolo never asked me to ride in his Vespa).  The monuments were gorgeous and the ancient part of the city was breathtaking. The Pantheon was bigger and grander than I could have ever imagined. The plaza in Vatican City was fascinating in its architecture and magnificence, and the art was exquisite. All that being said, we did not have the best experience in Rome—I know, gasp.

The city seemed a bit run-down and poorly taken care of. Example, when we went the Trevi Fountain was under construction, seems normal enough. Except that, I was told by someone who travels to Rome every year that it’s been under construction for three years. That is not normal. The city was a little disorganized and they’ve had these problems for a while.

Have you heard the saying, “you could see Rome in a day,”? It holds some truth since the most important monuments are very close together and easy to get to from each other. And to be honest, the monuments are really the best part of Rome. Although Rome is an important city, I wouldn’t recommend staying there for too long because besides seeing the monuments, there isn’t much else to do.

Our trip wasn’t exactly a walk in the park, but I don’t regret going. Like I said, Rome is an incredibly important city, historically, and I’m glad I got to see it for myself. Although it might have its fair share of problems, its monuments are genuinely enchanting, and it continues to be a huge tourist attraction. Maybe one day I’ll come back to Rome and have a better experience, but for now I’ll stick to other cities. Ciao Roma, it’s been real!

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