Rome, The Eternal City.
One of the Favourites… – Jenna
Rome is one of my all time favourite places, so I have an extremely difficult time deciding on a memory to share. I went twice in 2010, once with my fiancé and once with the university for credit toward my Classical History degree. I returned in 2013 with my friends for a few days. My favourite memory could be when I first saw the Colosseum in all of its glory, or when I did a presentation on the Circus Maximus IN THE CIRCUS MAXIMUS. It could be drinking a little too much wine and wandering around the eternal at night, or randomly running into a friend from university while in the Colosseum in 2013. Rome is so full of memories for me, it’s like a home away from home. I love everything about it.
Take me back please.
Margherita pizza please – Jaimie
Roma was one of the cities we decided on for our backpacking trip in 2013. Mostly because Muse was playing a show and our lovely Kait was going to be there so why not…. We took an overnight train from Paris and checked into our AirBnB (the best AirBnB I’ve stayed in) then we hit the streets. We did all the typical tourist stuff but the thing that has really stayed with me was the food!!! Oh the food. And by food I mean Margherita pizza. My love for pizza runs deep. If you know me you know this. So it’s classic me that I ate Margherita pizza for every single meal (except breakfast). While my travel companions were trying new and exciting things I stuck with the classic and oh so delicious ‘za. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Stories of the Ancient – Ariel
One of the first things we did upon entering Rome was visit the Roman Forum. It lies right beside the Colosseum but is something that a lot of tourists miss. We strolled into the Forum and it was like stepping back in time. It is a whole city in ruins, more than just the Colosseum, it seems that the whole history of Rome can be found in this little piece. We were fortunate enough to get a tour and local tour guide for our visit – a very verbose tour guide. He told us a million little details about the ancient site, sometimes more than we could wish for. But it’s my favourite memory of Rome… the little old man who told us stories of the ancient place we were standing.
Wandering Back in Time – Kait
I love Rome. It is a simply beautiful city, filled with some of the friendliest people on the planet and the most delicious food and coffee imaginable. What truly sealed the deal on my love for Rome however, was the insane amount of history that just fills the city. I am a massive history buff, so it was pretty much love at first sight with Rome. The ONLY way to do Rome, in my humble opinion, is with someone who knows a thing or two about the history of the city. I was so lucky to be able to do Rome with Jenna, who spent a considerable amount of time in Rome for her Classics degree. She was our impromptu tour guide, and stopped us at so many different sites, that I would have otherwise walked right on by, and gave us a brief history of whatever place/item it was, why it was important and which leader was in power at that particular time. Being able to learn about the rich city of such a beautiful city made the nerd in me beyond happy, and is probably one of my more favorite memories of Rome!