A Trip Down Memory Lane: 5 Days in Rome, Italy

11 Feb A Trip Down Memory Lane: 5 Days in Rome, Italy

The journey first started at home; I had already been a fan of Roman history, my hobbies include reading about Roman and Greek mythologies as well as its art, and civilization. I was so ecstatic about the trip that I made sure I dedicated ample time to learn a few Italian words and phrases.

Finally, it was time.

The pictures shown here were the exact memories that I had depicted when I was there. So, without further ado, let me take you to Rome and share what I believe, was a walk through history, and a dream come true.

Day 1: Food & The Local People

My friends and I were welcomed by our tour guide Alexandra; she was very kind to help us out throughout the entire trip. Initially, I was a bit worried that I had bombarded her with a lot of questions about Rome; I was a huge fan you see, but it was relieving to know that she was excited to show how beautiful her country is.  She said, “I’ve lived here all my life, but Rome never ceases to mesmerize me with its beauty.”

We arrived at Hotel Portoghesi hungry, and when I think of Italy, I can’t help but think of pizza and pasta. We hurried down the hotel to visit the nearest restaurant. While having dinner, the local people were kind enough to entertain us with stories about their food; my friends and I enjoyed the cozy environment and the laughter of local people.

Did you know? Pizza Margherita was originally made to honor the queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. The pizza is garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag.

Day 2:  Exploring Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is a square showcasing beautiful Roman sculptures and architecture. One of the sculptures I witnessed was Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), designed by one of Italy’s famous sculptors, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The famous fountain is surrounded by restaurants, shops, painters who sold their art to the tourists and a church built by a famous architect Francesco Borromini. Another fountain located within Piazza Navona is Fontana del Moro (Moor Fountain), designed by the Italian architect and sculptor Giacomo della Porta who also worked alongside Bernini with the architectural design of St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: 5 Days in Italy, Rome

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Day 3: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain & The Pantheon

We started off our day by meeting our second tour guide Manuela; her stories were told with such passion that I found myself imagining I was there at the time the historical sites were being built. From our hotel, it was a 12-minute walk to get to Piazza di Spagna where the Spanish Steps were located. The monumental stairway is known to have 174 steps that lead to Trinità dei Monti church located at the top. But, what really fascinated me was the small fountain situated just in front of the Spanish Steps; Fountain of the Boat or Fontana della Barcaccia. It was built by the Italian sculptor Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo Bernini – one of the most famous artists of Baroque.

What I came to know is that the fountain is known to be the main source of water in every fountain of every Piazza located in the city of Rome.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: 5 Days in Italy, Rome

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On the other hand, Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi in Italian, just 8 minutes away from Piazza di Spagna, is known to be the largest fountain in Rome. Manuela told us how tourists threw coins into the fountain while facing back to ensure their return to the city in the future.

Finally, just a few minutes away is the famous Pantheon- a former Roman temple known for its giant dome with the famous hole on top which serves as its eye. It’s recognized to be an architectural success because of the distance from the floor to the top of the dome is equal to its diameter.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: 5 Days in Italy, Rome

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Day 4: The Vatican City & The Colosseum

The Vatican City (Stato della Città del Vaticano) is an independent city-state. Located within is St. Peter’s Basilica, home to some of Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork. My favorite experience was when I got to witness the breathtaking artwork of the Sistine Chapel ceiling which was painted by the very famous Michelangelo in the year 1512. The ceiling decoration depicted nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is famously known for.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: 5 Days in Italy, Rome

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We then traveled to the Colosseum, located east of the Roman Forum, known to be the largest amphitheater that was ever built. Constructed to accommodate at least an audience of 80,000, it was home to famous gladiatorial contests in history; however, due to natural disasters, it had lost its southern wall. The steps of St. Peters Basilica are known to have been built with the remains of the Colosseum.

Day 5: The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) is located in the heart of Ancient Rome and is home to the ruins of ancient government buildings. In ancient times, the forum was considered the center of Rome’s day-to-day life. It was known to hold political events, gladiator games, and ancient trials. The fall of the Roman Empire led to the abandonment of the Roman Forum, some of the monuments and buildings were extracted and were used to build the walls of the Vatican City & other churches in Rome. To get an overview of the city, my friends and I had to go through the Palatine Hill (Palatino) which is located on top of the Roman Forum, it is one of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. When we got to the top, despite being tired, it was an unforgettable experience.

There aren’t enough words to describe how beautiful and breathtaking Italy was, it was truly a walk through history.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: 5 Days in Italy, Rome

Source: Hind R.

Planning to visit Italy? Impress the locals by learning the language!

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About the Author: Hind R. Studies Tourism, but she also considers it her life’s passion as she would love to travel the world one day to write about its dynamic culture and to provide to its sustainability. It is her dream to be an anthropologist one day.

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