Rome is one of my favourite places in the world! I’ve fallen in love with that city from the first moment I saw it and it had nothing to do with the fact that I first time visited with my than-boyfriend-now-husband who is by the way Italian and also from Rome! 😀 I was in my early 20’s and was totally smitten with the Eternal City and ok I admit with my Italian as well. It’s always the best if you visit somewhere new with the local person who can show you all the hidden corners and those little romantic spots that are not overcrowded with tourists so having him showing me the city through the eyes of a local made everything even more magical. Yes, my love affair with Rome started quite a few years ago and it’s still going strong, there is something very very special about that city and whenever I come back, I always feel like it’s the first time I visit and I get those butterflies in my stomach.
If I could describe how I feel when I’m in Rome with just one word, that word would be ‘free’. Walking the streets of Rome always make me feel free, free from problems, everyday life, worries, free to feel, experience, explore… I do have this emotional connection that probably makes me feel like I am a 24 year old girl who thinks everything is possible every time I’m there, even if hmm I am definitely not that girl anymore. But than again, maybe from the inside I still am…
There are so many things to do in Rome but the absolute best thing to do is so called ‘dolce far niente’ , what could be translated as the sweetness of doing nothing. That is possibly the main reason why I am so drawn to Italy and the reason why, despite all the economic and social problems, there is still this amazing romantic allure about it that nothing can take away.
Whether is strolling with a ‘gelato’ in your hands by the shores of “Tevere” (eng. Tiber) river, watching the golden afternoon light play on the roofs and colourful walls or just sitting on one many charming ‘piazzas’ with a lovely creamy cappuccino and a delicious pastry, there is something truly magical in that concept of ‘doing nothing’ but watching the world goes by and enjoying what life has to offer. It’s those little things that make you feel so alive even if you are not doing anything major and Italians know how to do that very well. How to truly enjoy every drop of that delicious creamy coffee, every crumb of that amazing sweet pastry, every plate of the most delicious pasta, every glass of wine and the most important of it all every moment spent with somebody you care about. Some of that magic translates to all of us tourists who visit and we suddenly forget about the reality of life and anything that may be bothering and worrying us and we just feel happy to be there at that moment in time, happy to just ‘BE’…
Rome is filled with so much beauty that it can get overwhelming and if you have only few days available, it can also get stressful if you want to see as much as possible all at once. Here is a great article that can help you out, it’s about ’25 things to do in Rome’ with the list and descriptions of all the main attractions and some that are absolutely beautiful but maybe not so known to tourists as others! If you are planning or thinking of visiting Rome, it’s worth reading and taking some notes, you know just to be prepared.
This is not the first post about Rome here on the blog (the first one was about some pretty details and gardens of Rome that I posted soon after I started blogging, you can find it here) and probably not the last one! There is so much beauty there and so many different angles and perspectives from where you could show the city and I don’t think I could ever get bored photographing it. This time it was not so much about main tourist attractions but more about walking the streets of Rome and I hope you are enjoying the walk with me!
The last few years life got in the way and we are not visiting nearly as much as we should but every time we do visit I am reminded all over again why Rome stole my heart…
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Oh my god, I can totally relate to your words. I’ve been three times to Rome, just came back from my third Rome trip 2 days ago. I love this city so so much, there are not even words to describe this feeling. Everytime I come there, I fall in love over and over again with the city. I just can’t help it. When I am not in Rome, I think of it and dream of it in the hope one day I will be living there. <3
Il mio amore per sempre – Roma 🙂
Thank you so much dear Jenny for your sweet comment! I’m so glad you like bella Roma as much as I do, it’s truly a magical city and it has my heart forever! My husband is Roman but in all these years we are together we’ve always lived abroad in few different countries but sadly never in Italy. I can also easily imagine myself living there… Hope your dreams will come true one day! <3
Oh really, your husband is roman?! But you should really consider living in Italy. I think it’s the most beautiful country in the world (and I have already seen many) and I also LOVE the people there. Also, it’s all so much more chilled ^.^ I do so wish to meet the man of my dreams in Rome, too. It would be perfect. I am trying to find a work in Rome as I am now finishing my studies here in Austria. I know it’s not easy to find a job there, but I will try EVERYTHING, because I honestly can’t be without Rome anymore <3 I want to be a truly donna romana 😀
I would love to live in Italy but unfortunately the economic situation there is very difficult the last few years and it’s so difficult to find a job there, specially in certain professions! Hopefully that will change one day too because Italy deserves better! I do hope you will be lucky to find a job there and possibly also meet the man of your dreams! 😉 I wish you all the best and if you truly want something, go for it no matter what… <3
Thank you so much 🙂 I’ve never been more sure about anything in my entire life. And I know that I am gonna make it.