When in Rome

Back in December I went on a girls' short break to Rome with 5 friends.

It was the first visit to the Eternal City for all of us and we were not quite sure what to expect. Obviously we had researched and read up on as much information as we could before the trip but the reality was such a revelation.

It is only when you are there up close and personal with the remnants of the ancient Romans that you fully appreciate the term *history*.

To be able to walk around inside the Colosseum and along the path of the Forum, to tread (literally) in the footsteps of Julius Caesar et al, is quite an experience - well, it was for me.

I wouldn't call Rome a beautiful city as such, but its sense of history and fascinating collection of ancient and renaissance architecture alongside each other make it a place not to be missed.

We walked all around the city each day, 6-7 hours a day, and only touched the surface.   







16 comments:

  1. You roamed in Rome. I have also roamed in Rome. I saw a feral cat stalking a pigeon in the Coliseum's underfloor ruins - shown in your second picture. I had not expected that.

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    1. I only saw a maintenance man down there!
      I found the Forum the most fascinating place. It vividly brought to life all those history lessons at school.

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    2. What I always like about Rome is the way that Ancient Rome is often just by the side of the footpath - not hidden away somewhere. It is years now since I went as I no long want to walk round too much but I have never had a rotten holiday in Rome. Oh and not forgetting the pizza stalls on the
      side of the footpath!

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    3. I know what you mean. I found it quite awe inspiring actually that so much ancient roman history is just there, as you say, by the side of the road. The coffee and food was pretty good too!

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    4. I was only in Rome once, as a college student in the 1970's, but your photos brought back great memories. I find it so fascinating to be in the presence of so much history.

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    5. Hello Sue. Yes it was almost an emotional experience for me!

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  2. Hi JayCee.....Just dropping in to say hello and enjoy your new blog....I found you from Weave ....I follow quite a few blogs from folks around the UK and in Scotland. I am retired after working for 40+ years as a RN in the United States....my home now is in a small rural town in central Illinois.....I think I have a bit of a "blog addiction'...LOL! Thanks for writing....I look forward to reading about your home and travels!
    (Nancy Lynn) :)

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my little blog and commenting . I was not sure when I first started who to write for and what to write about as my daily ramblings are likely to be quite boring to many. I hope I don't disappoint you

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  3. Weave sent me too. Rome is indeed amazing, we spend our summers in our house in Lazio, winters in Yorkshire, and although we are only an hour out of the city it’s like going back 50 years here, mostly in a good way. I always want to brush up on my history when I’m in italy, so much of it around.

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    1. It is lovely to hear from so many of Weaver's followers, a d to discover that I am not talking to myself after all.
      I envy you your summer home. I cannot imagine anywhere more enticing . Beauty and amazing history.

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  4. Hello JayCee...another one from Weaver! I haven't been to Rome, in fact the only part of Italy I have been to is Lake Como...absolutely beautiful, We stayed in a big hotel right on the lake in Mennagio. My husband met George Clooney ( who has a villa on the lake) and Brad Pitt while playing golf on a mountainside, though he didn't know who they were at the time!! (We are not great filmgoers.) We had been told that George was there but my P didn't put 2 and 2 together until he saw a photo of Brad in the airport on the way home. Doh ! The friends we were with would have recognised the "famous ones" but they were further up the course at the time.

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    1. What a shame to waste the beautiful ones on your husband! It should have been you

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  5. Hello JayCee, yet another Weaver blog reader her popping in to say hello. Like you I am retired and I live in Western Australia, although I was born in Sussex and didn’t move here with my family until I was 32 years old so I am still very much a POM at heart.
    I am enjoying reading your new blog and wish you all the luck in the world. I have often thought I would like to write a blog but just can’t quite get up the courage. Keep blogging - I have put you on my favorite blogs I follow list.

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    1. Hello Marilyn, and thank you! My husband too was born in Sussex and moved to Melbourne with his parents as £10 poms back in the 1960s. He came back to the UK in 1979 where we then met and got together. What a small world!

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  6. Also coming over from Weaver's blog :) I have to admit, I didn't love Rome; even though there are many fascinating things to see, I found it charmless. Venice was my favorite!

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    1. Hello and thank you for visiting :)
      I agree that Rome is not exactly beautiful but I found it fascinating and exciting. However, my Australian friends went on a tour of Europe last summer and stayed in an AirBnB in one of the grittier suburbs of Rome. They found it dirty, scruffy and disappointing. We are all different!

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