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Travel Guest Post: Having a Historic Time in Rome

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As one of the most recognisable parts of Europe, I’ve always been interested in Italy and its culture. History is something I’ve always held great regard for, and the Roman Empire is one of the largest and most influential aspects of European history. With this in mind, it was with great joy I took a trip to the heart of Rome.

Arriving via the Roma Termini train station, which is perhaps the easiest method of transportation from the airport; you are struck by the beauty. The architecture is a fusion of old and new. Rome has two and a half thousand years of history, so it’s no surprise to see facets of many design styles come out in the buildings and streets.

My own hotel was within wonderful walking distance of the Piazza della Repubblica. This is a beautiful looking fountain with an equally beautiful church located nearby. These basilicas can be found scattered throughout the city and often are quite ornate and highly impressive.

What I felt was unique about Rome was the layout. Having been built and rebuilt time and time again, there doesn’t seem to be any focus or planning when it comes to moving about the city. Streets meander and wind, and often you can come across a dead-end straight out of nowhere. However, I feel this makes for a marvellous adventure as you don’t always know where you might end up. I found a beautiful secluded garden area simply by getting lost!

Of course, loving history, I was anxious to sample the Colosseum. This immense structure immediately stuns you to silence. You’re in awe of the scale of the thing. I can only imagine how impressive it was in its heyday. The Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon are all equally inspiring. The workmanship is incredibly detailed and at night-time, the lighting can be sublime.

However, the main place I wanted to see was Vatican City. Only a few stops away on the underground metro system from the city centre, this place is truly magnificent. The view from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica can’t help but take your breath away. And walking through the Vatican museum, you’ll see amazing pieces of art, culminating with the Sistine Chapel. Be careful as you are not allowed to take pictures of the ceiling to keep its paintwork. Also, be sure to cover your shoulders with a top otherwise you’ll be refused entry on modesty grounds. If you are a fan of city breaks, then Rome offers a wealth of style, culture and sophistication that will gorge the soul.

Author: Halit Bozdogan is a writer for Appliances Online most days. However, he has lived in Japan, backed through Europe and ate pizza on the Staten Island ferry.

{image courtesy of planetware.com}

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3 Comments

  • nazarioartpainting May 22, 2012 9:48 am

    I love your photo. I will travel to Rome this summer any advise about the what wear there?

  • Halit Bozdogan (@TheBozDog) May 22, 2012 11:18 am

    Thanks, although the photo isn’t mine 🙂 Rome is hottest in July an August. It’s very hot, so loose fitting cotton clothing might be best. If you are visiting Vatican City however, you MUST cover your shoulders and upper legs or they won’t let you in.

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