It took me 28 years to dare going in London… I had to wait a few more years to dare goind in Rome. I’m often reluctant to go to major places, scared not to know how to enjoy the place. Rome, the eternal city, so full of History scared me a little… but I finally went there.
A colleague once told me “I went there three days, but I wish I’d stayed there a bit more.” So I decided to stay a week, and I bought two guides: one to discover the city and one for the good addresses.
Rome, Itinéraires avec Alix, by Lonely Planed proposes 3-4hours well-documented walks in the city, bringing us to the must see places as well as the more hidden and out of the beaten paths places worth the detour. The website says that this guide is intended for those returning to Rome ans wishing to discover it differently; I found it also ideal for a first time in Rome. I didn’t have to prepare the itinerary, and I didn’t experience guilt when I didn’t have time to visit all the three star places.
Indie Rome is a guide for smartphones. As its colleagues for other cities, it displays 50 addresses of alternative places to eat, drink, go out, shop ot see an exhibition. very useful to chose the area to look for a hotel a bit off the touristic places but still nice and with places to visit. I’ll talk about that.
In Rome, there are old stones very, very old, that stand with majesty under the September sun, as if trying to say “I see you, little tourist, enjoy the view, but know that I’ll still be here when you’ll be long gone”.
Wherever you stand, domes and palaces fill the horizon, and we see the Renaissance making room in the antique world.
By the way, I wish I was here to see the face of the guy who had to dug up the street in front of this palace. “Hey boss, I thing there’s something beneath us!”. This noble had to have a helle of a cellar.
Palaces hide secrets.
Churches are monumental…
… and fountains have nice bottoms.
The cobblestone streets call for lounging about and eating ice cream.
And if we don’t have time to see a museum, the clouds remind us that we’re ine the Renaissance capital.
To sum up, I’ve been to Rome, it was great, I don’t know why I’ve waited for so long.