Lessons from the Road #1: Rome

Having just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy with several friends, I’ve decided to do a series of posts dedicated to the trip and some bits of wisdom I gleaned from my travel experiences. Of course, there were the general lessons, like (1) art and beauty are everywhere, and (2) eat gelato every day—at least once. But, in addition, each day had its own flavor (no, I’m not just talking about the gelato) and offered its own wisdom, as well as its own beauties or gifts or frustrations or disappointments—or some combination thereof. I also took a lot of photos, so I’ll share some of those as well. I hope you enjoy the pictures and my lessons from the road. Let me know what you think. I love getting comments.

Lesson # 1:  Go higher to gain perspective.

The first day we arrived in Rome, we got checked into our hotel, took a two-hour nap, and then made our way to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. We bought our combination tickets at the Forum and decided to visit the Forum first and then go to the Colosseum. In retrospect, we probably should have purchased a guided tour, but we didn’t. We chose to just wander—and wandering offered its own pleasures. The ruins were interesting and picturesque, with signs providing some historical information. But we didn’t have a map of the Forum itself, and we weren’t really sure where we were or how to find out way out. So we kept wandering, winding higher and higher, and finally we found a map and a good view that explained our location. Hence the lesson: Go higher to gain perspective. Seems like sound advice for life in general really.

Forum

Forum Ruins with Vittorio Emanuelle Memorial

Temple

Colosseum

Colosseum Underground

After the Forum and the Colosseum, we visited the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

Spanish Steps

From Spanish Steps

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Up Close

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6 Responses to Lessons from the Road #1: Rome

  1. Michaelangelo says:

    So right about ‘go higher’! It’s amazing the way you just enter the Foro Romano and stroll over what seems mostly level ground for a while … and then suddenly discover yourself looking way down at the Arch of Titus, the Colosseum, the Circo Massimo, etc.
    And spot on about gelato, too!!! On which see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asHov6XE1aU — even if he is talking about a shop in Naples, rather than Rome.

  2. Jil says:

    I have always loved aerial views, so I’m completely with you on the value of “going higher.” Your pics of Rome bring back so many good memories for me. These sites carry us into the past in a way that almost seems unreal or surreal. And then there’s the chaotic modern city of Rome surrounding these monuments to the past. I think Rome is the noisiest city I’ve ever slept in! I loved it, though, and it’s cool to travel back there vicariously through your blog post.

    • sstamm625 says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Jil! And I’m glad the pictures bring back good memories for you. It was noisy, but I loved it too. In fact, I was surprised that the time in Rome ended up being my favorite part of the trip. The other places were beautiful too, but, yeah, I loved Rome.

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