Buongiorno! L’Italia è dove voglio vivere. Come molti posti come ho viaggiato, tornerò sempre qui. I’ve always said, “Greece is where I vacation but Italy is home.” I can’t quite put into words my love for Italy but I will try to give a look at one of the cities I first fell in love with.
First thing is first, I love walking the streets of Rome. When the streets are quiet and calm, that is the best time to take photos but I actually don’t mind running into people. I practice speaking Italian by having those little casual conversations (not just in Italy).
L’Orso 80 might be my favorite little restaurant to pop into and have a glass of wine with dinner. The family here melts my heart and when I was first learning Italian, they encouraged me as I ordered for the table without speaking English at all. I will always come back. The little things count.
It’s incredible how many people can fit into Piazza Navona during the peak hours. The artists showing their talents here are pretty incredible. It’s not just the fountains and statues. My challenge will always be, how to get these things in my suitcase or carry-on but Italian artists are a treasure.
The Pantheon seems decadent until you get to the Vatican. That’s where I lost my mind looking at the architecture trying to piece together every bit of history I learned in history and art history classes.
Capitoline Hill might be the only place in any foreign country I’ve ever thought I was going to be arrested. Don’t sit on the steps to take a picture. I am just grateful I understood Italian at that moment because I didn’t want my face across international news stations for sitting down on steps.
Imperial Forum is pretty neat from a historical content perspective. In Rome, you can’t help but be completely aware that you are walking on streets that are hundreds of years old. I went here before the Colosseum and quickly thought about how many people had been there before me.
Obviously, you want to see the Trevi Fountain. Probably best to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to take quality pictures here without hundreds of your closest friends. I ate at Babington’s Tea Room near the Spanish Steps. I can’t skip sweet treats.
Campo Marzio has everything from Chanel to Ladurée. I particularly like the Chanel in Rome to most other locations. Everything is about experience and the sales associates here were so sweet in finding things that were not available in the states. Via Borgognona was one of my top priorities when I arrived. The Spanish Steps are also in this area.
Just walk and get to know Rome. Be kind and respectful to the locals. Not to sound too hippie like but I think what you put out is what you get back. I am looking forward to my next trip to Roma!