Saturday, October 08, 2005

Rome – The Eternal City Part 1 of many

Rome, the Eternal City, ruler of the known world for centuries, cradle of politics, birthplace of numerous cultures and philosophies, home of art, culture, science, fine foods and wines, and education. This city offers just about anything that one could ever want to experience. It is too much to think about summarizing Rome into one small article so every once in a while I will include something about this incredible city. If you decide to visit Rome please allow an appropriate period of time. I lived in the center of Rome, Piazza Farnese, for 6 years and still only know about a small percentage of the treasures this city has to offer.

Rome is beautiful in the autumn. While the temperatures in the northern cities such as Milan and Turin are dropping, the temperature in Rome remains between 55-75 F. Milan is full swing with the tradeshows while Rome is concentrating on the beginning of the new congressional session. Romans handle stress differently than their northern neighbors. Workdays are longer into the evening however there is more flexibility in the morning start hour. This translates to restaurants, stores, bars and nightclubs remaining open longer into the night. Although most Italians are extremely friendly and helpful with those in need, it also means that when some difficulty arises the Romans will spend more time attempting to help you solve your problem.

Rome is a very large city. The old city center, built in the 1400s, has the highest concentration of museums, architectural marvels, cultural events, and food establishments. It is also the major attraction for most Romans when they want to wind down. From the city center some of the major points are: the Vatican, Piazza Navona, Piazza Farnese, the Forum, the Colosseum, the Parlament, Villa Borghese, Teatro Piccolo, Fontana Trevi, Trestevere, Piazza del Popolo and the Pantheon. You can spend a year visiting this section, never get into a car, and still not see everything there is to see.


So if you have a limited budget and want the maximum bang for your buck, Rome is definitely the first place to go. I would not spend less than 7 days. After you have experienced Rome you can decide to visit other cities in your next trip.

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