When in Rome!
Rome Travel Blog› entry 28 of 86 › view all entries
May 2nd, 2008 – by: sshaunaa
So having spent a day in Roma, I can say it reminds me a lot like NYC but with some stark contrasts. Similarities include, lots of people, lots of tourists, lots of traffic, people rushing around everywhere, almost getting hit by car because no one pays attention to traffic lights, scary guys with brand name purses for sale for $5 (euros), restaurants of every kind of ethnicity and well, everything just seems larger than life with lots and lots to see. The differences include the lack of Times Square, which is replaced by a 2000 year old colussuem surrounded by equally old ruins and I hear alot more Italian than I did in Manhattan! Oh and how could I forget the gelato!
I was going to take it easy today and just wander but then I figured I might as well get the sightseeing underway.
My first stop was the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. They are a collection of ruins, with the forum including the remains of the forum where Caesar was murdered as well as various other political buildings. From what I read, we get the word 'palace' from palatine, so this area consisted of the palaces of various emporeurs and senators, the big wigs. Also nearby is Circus Maximus which is where they used to have chariot races.
Overall it was really cool to see. Although there's not alot to see, with a vivid imagination you can picture what it would have looked like 2,000 years ago.
Afterwards, I sauntered over to the ginormous colessuem. Not really bigger than a current day stadium, by ginormous for the time! My Roma Card let me skip the line, which was nice since he was loooong.
After this I was super hungry so I made my way in the direction of more sights and stopped into a Irish Bar and had the best Carbonara pasta EVER! It was soooooo good. A table or so over was an American couple. I saw the Rick Steves book and ended up chatting with them for a half hour or so haha They were from Texas, which is winning in terms of the state of the most people I've met so far.
After that and a mandatory gelato to wash down supper, I made my way to the Spanish Steps. Which, were simply a big staircase. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was expecting more than that!
Then I romed (hehe) to the Trevi Fountain which was surrounded by tourists but rightfully so. It was so beautiful, this huge fountain in the middle of the city.
After a day like today, I wish I had a pedometer to see how far I actually walked and I have another busy day of walking tomorrow! Come on feet, hold out for two more days until we get to Greece!
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