I’ll have to agree with you that one day is nothing to see Rome … impossible I would rather say. But as we needed to be there to solve some bureaucratic issues … we thought, why not? We can get there earlier and enjoy a bit of this chaotic, beautiful and full of history city, even for a few hours. So, we did it!
We traveled overnight and arrived in Rome when the day was rising, is impressive to see such a vivid city waking up, with the still empty streets, the morning fresh air and a light scent of coffee. ;) We had visited Rome as “tourists” 10 years ago, at that time I wanted to see as much as possible in a short period of time, which makes the trip somewhat mechanical. Good thing that we’re able to change over time, right! ;) Now I like to wander without worrying if I’ve seen it all, as I prefer to absorb the experience and leave the place guide me, providing little surprises … seen the imperceptible. <3
Our starting point was the Coliseum, easily accessible by metro. The first surprise came also from there, when exiting the station and literally having the Coliseum to your face, with a blue and clear sky as a background. <3
We decided to settle our pending matters as soon as possible, to then be able to enjoy the rest of the day freely. However if you pay close attention to your path, you can already find so much fun and beauty in simple things. Seen the “true” city makes me really happy… you know, things like the nonna hanging the washed clothes or watering the balcony plants, people having a coffee at the bar and reading the news, or even the already nervous Italian drivers. Everything happens in fractions of seconds, and it’s worth to pay attention because then you actually see the real place, with the expressions and gestures specific from that place, it’s unique.
In the afternoon we were free … hehehehe. We ate lunch in a small restaurant, a delicious wood-fired sourdough pizza. Mamma mia, che buono! Then you realize that the care in preparing and selection of ingredients makes all the difference in the taste of food. Speaking of food … Italy is the right place to enjoy a good food.
After lunch we visited some traditional places such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain … because you know, I had to throw a penny and ensure my return to Rome. The last time it worked, took me awhile, but it worked. :P
The evening was calling an aperitivo in Trastevere, a former working-class neighborhood that still retains the atmosphere of that Rome cliches: narrow streets, windows serving of clothesline, basil aroma exuding from the trattorias … is almost a world apart within Rome. Certainly is worth the walk to have more fun and chill out. :P
Buenas, my intention with this post was not to tell you, where you should or not go … which queue to face to enter a museum. Instead, I want to encourage you to enjoy a trip in another pace, slower and quieter … to enjoy what’s invisible to the spotlight of travel magazines. I hope you liked reading the post!
Well, time to go home … but as I threw a coin in the fontana … I will certainly be back! :)
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