All Roads Lead to Rome

Dear Diary,

All roads lead to Rome and life has led ours to the eternal city as it is known. We heard that it’s a wonderful city from our friends and acquaintances who had visited it before, but only when you get there you become fully aware of how amazing it really is. As we stepped into Rome, we felt the city’s vibration and just like that it was possible for us to imagine how the capital of an empire looked like. When you walk down the narrow streets, beside the ivy-covered buildings, the flowering bushes on the streets or see the Italians on their Vespa scooters you can feel a little bit of Rome’s vibe.

We have fallen in love with this city of history, romance and we can say that it is truly unique. Love is floating all over the city, at metro, on the streets, at the restaurants, you can certainly fall in love again in this city. It seems that Italians love life, and these descendants of the ancient Romans are always in a good mood and they will charge you with positive energy. You simply walk down the streets of Rome and you are amazed by the buildings beauty, the old squares, the artesian fountains and the trees.😊 The pine trees and the cypress trees are extraordinary beautiful, they make the city more flourish and unique. Since it is a city of more than 2,000 years old and has such a tumultuous history, Rome is impressive. It is impressive whether you are walking through the Foro Romano or Foro Traiano ancient areas and you imagine the Romans walking through Via Appia in sandals, whether you are walking in Piazza Spagna or Piazza Navona and admiring the chic-brick buildings. The old windows shutters present in most of Rome’s buildings make the city an urban fairytale (we were actually amazed by them).

One of the things you have to do in this city is taking a relaxing walk on the bank of Tiber, it is beautiful, romantic and has plenty of bridges that complete the urban landscape of the city. If you pass one of them you can reach Trastevere the most authentic neighborhood in Rome, where you can experience a bit of the Italian lifestyle. Here you can taste the culinary delights of the city, as well as in Navona square. What is interesting is that they have three types of restaurants, namely: ristorante, trattoria and osteria. They are differentiated not only by what they serve, but also by price. A trattoria is an Italian-style eating establishment, less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria. There are generally no printed menus, the service is casual, wine is sold by the decanter rather than the bottle, prices are low, and the emphasis is on a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine. An osteria is a place serving wine and simple food with menus that tend to be short and an emphasis on local specialities such as pasta, grilled meat or fish, and often served at shared tables. It is ideal for a cheap lunch after work or when you are traveling low-budget. So regarding the price an ristorante is more expensive than a trattoria and a trattoria is more expensive than an osteria.

To do something special when you are in Rome you can see the world’s smallest state, Vatican. Besides being the smallest state in the world, it is also the world center of Catholicism, the place where the Pope is living and as similarly to Rome is a place full of history and art. It’s one of the places that most impressed us, especially when we got inside it, in the museum. It is like another world the gardens, the art, the architecture, the trees, it’s a unique combination. Besides the famous painting of the Sistine Chapel, there is a group of palaces that host one of the world’s most important art collections and several exhibitions, including an Etruscan Museum, Raphael’s and Loggia’s rooms, the Egyptian Museum and the Stanze di Raffaello (paints painted by great artists at the request of Pope Julius II).

Rome is a special place an empire of glorious times, with streets full of history and culture, a city of art close to the waves of the sea. It’s the main point of one of the greatest civilizations that have ever existed and whose stories have lasted over two millennia.

Baccio da Roma,

Alex

 

 

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