After a year of grueling work and self deprivation in an attempt to put a little money aside, everyone deserves a holiday. The thought of getting away and having a fantastic time, in whatever style of holiday we choose, drives us ever onwards through the daily grind that we pretend to enjoy. Months of saving and scrimping to fund our little adventure finally pay off when we start browsing available packages. It is at this point we realise our money raising exercise was all in vain, and slap the cost onto the credit card.
Yes the time is almost here for our vacation. But what to choose this year? Personally I go for culture and knowledge gathering every time. So last year I chose a mediterranean cruise that I spotted on this website. I visited Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Sardinia and Tunisia. Out of all of those marvelous countries, the jewel that I remember most is Rome. It was well worth the coach excursion.
Rome is so inspiring I have decided to list my top five recommendations for things to see and do in this ancient city. I hope you follow in my footsteps someday and experience these wonders for yourself.
Say Hi to the Pope
Well, not exactly. The Pope does hold an audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesdays though, so you may get a wink and a wave from him if you’re lucky.
Whenever Rome is mentioned, a mental image of this magnificents structure springs into the mind. The thought of gladiators battling to the death in front of a bloodthirsty crowd seems noble somehow, and schoolchildren are enthralled with the stories. There is a lot to see and read at the colosseum so discover what each part of the building was used for. The colosseum will take your breath away.
These twin museums opened in 1734 and were the first galeries ever to do so. Inside you will find the works of Caravaggio, Bernini and Veronese as well as many other examples from the masters. These pieces of art are something that you may read about in school. It is a humbling experience when you witness such talent.
Build in 120 ad or thereabouts, this temple is probably the best out of all the ancient structures when referring to the condition. Think about it; over 2100 years old. That has got to be worth a look.
Eat Pizza & Drink Wine
Now this is a bit of a come-down compared to the other cool things to do or see. If you don’t have a pizza while you are in Italy, it could well be your greatest regret in life. After roaming the museums and monuments, you are bound to be a little peckish.
Italy is also world renowned for it’s wine production. Sample a glass at a traditional Italian cafe as the sun sets over the Vatican. Bliss.
I’m sure you have noticed by now that I find Rome, more than any other city in the world, to be intriguing and educational. Maybe it is because I was taught about the Romans when I was in school. If that is the case, there are many more eager minds who will make their way to Rome in the future. Until we meet again, avete.