I suppose there aren’t very many pictures from Rome that I could possibly post that somebody else hasn’t posted somewhere else already.
It’s an incredible city, where one really feels the weight of history… but it’s also a city that is noisy, fast and crowded. I’m not sure how the locals can survive among the hordes of tourists that fill the streets and the countless hawkers of tourist-related goods and services that accompany them.
At some points, I honestly thought I would tear the selfie stick (curse the man who invented that thing) from the annoying guy’s hand and start beating him with it. Does he really imagine that that flimsy little rod can hold up my 2 kg camera?
The best part of Rome was that Maci was there (appiccicati!). And the ancient Roman ruins, all of which I have now seen up close.
If my last visit was devoted to the many churches my mum wanted to see, this time was almost exclusively Roman. We went to the Colosseum , the Roman Forum, the Palatino hill, the Pantheon, everything.
Of course we also saw all the major landmarks, and tried to notice small details that people overlook in the mad rush to “be there, do that”. Just turning one’s head away from the souvenirs towards a side street or up at the buildings revealed many unique treasures.
We spent a lot of time in the neighbourhood of Monti, which I truly believe is the best part of the city. Walking distance to almost everything, yet genuinely local in its feels. There is plenty of greenery covering the buildings, best of all is the jasmine that perfumes the air.
No visit to Rome is complete without an evening spent drinking wine on the Piazzetta della Madonna dei Monti. We also sampled considerable amounts of local Roman food, mainly street pizzas and of course the fabulous spaghetti “cacio e pepe”.
Sadly, we missed out on the Jewish style artichokes in the old ghetto district, and I’d really like more of the local porcini trifolati.
After 3 full days roaming the streets, my feet were sore and I felt saturated by the urban environment. I somehow have few words to add, so I will let the pictures speak, perhaps a few of them are a bit offbeat – because there are very few unbeaten tracks in Rome.