True, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
It seemed like a very well planned city to me. The roads were broad enough for easy movement of pedestrians and vehicles alike. Majestic buildings greeted us in almost every street! Rome, the capital city of Italy, was indeed roaring with exuberance.
The Colosseum, the Forum and the Palatine Hill form the formidable trio that possess a wealth of history – history of over two-and-half-thousand years and not to be trivialized in any sense! We went back through the Roman times as we traversed these historical sites. The Colosseum was an elliptical amphitheatre and it was used for gladiatorial contests! The Forum used to be the hub of commercial activities and overlooking it was/is the Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome.These are unmissable monuments/sites for a curious traveller; two-three hours can be easily spent in each of them.
Just one ticket bought either at the Colosseum or the Forum stands valid for 48 hours from the time it’s validated. The Colosseum is usually crowded; it’s wise to buy tickets at the Forum instead and start your historic journey from here.
There are several piazzas (city squares) in Rome where you could just hang out and relax. Piazza del Popolo; Piazza di Spagna; Piazza della Repubblica; Piazza Navona; etc are worth a visit. We found Piazza Navona to be very lively what with cartoonists, painters, stunts men/women, musicians, etc busy showcasing their talent.
Interestingly, every other street in Rome had a small-but-clean fountain! The Trevi Fountain was indeed a crowd-puller. It’s believed that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they’re bound to visit Rome again. Needless to say, yours truly too fell for the belief, and the act was snapshot for posterity! 🙂 It seems around 3,000 euros are thrown into this Fountain everyday! Gosh!
Every government office (governo ufficio in Italian) in Rome looked monumental and well guarded. Touristy areas were patrolled by the police at all times. Btw, we happened to see the President’s office too as we strolled into the several streets of the city!
We stayed for three days at a resort on the outskirts of Rome, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We treated ourselves to some very good vegetarian Italiano food.
Well, I ‘believe’ we will return to this great place one fine day! Amen!