I had never been to Italy, but I had an idea what Rome looked like before I arrived in my host city for the next four months. I've seen it in history textbooks, Disney channel movies, and on the news. Now, I've been living in Rome for almost a month and the history is truly ancient – three thousand years of it.
From the Roman Forum to the Trevi Fountain, I’m actually calling home the same place people of the Roman Empire called thousands of years ago. That’s way before 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue! I’ve been on several site visits through my CEA classes, and have walked around on the weekends to explore as much of the city as possible while it’s still nice out.
My first impression was that everything was 10 times bigger than I expected! The Colesseo is massive, the Fontana di Trevi is breathtaking, and the Spanish steps, are a lot of steps but definitely worth the view. I spent an hour at the Roman Forum, and didn’t even see everything. And a tip: the Pantheon is right by the city's best gelato places!
Climbing the Spanish Steps...
For this view!
Ancient Rome has taught many lessons so far, and really put in perspective time and human history. Doing all of the touristy sites really is worth it. Each one is captivating, and way different seeing it in person than in a picture or a movie. We walked from the Trevi Fountain, to the Pantheon, to the Spanish steps all in one day. Sure we were a little tired, but as I stressed earlier, nothing a little gelato can’t cure!
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