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Hubby and I celebrated our 28th anniversary in Rome in February 2012 – a place neither of us had been to before but always near the top of our bucket list. What an experience!
Everything cooperated for us, including the weather, to make this a very memorable trip. We spent five days in the city and still feel like we only scratched the surface of places to see, foods to eat, and things to experience. We went at the end of February/early March so the crowds were not bad and we didn’t have to wait for very long, if at all, to see anything.
We started with many of the must-see items – the Vatican, St. Peter’s, the Roman Forum and Colosseum – and added to that many of the churches and sculptures that fill this magnificent city. As someone that loves art and history, I could spend many more days in Rome. The place is filled with Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Raphael…just to drop a couple names!
Rome is a walking city! And we walked! Hubby kept a pedometer going to keep track and over the course of the week we tallied up over 120,000 steps – the side benefit was that there was some guilt-free pizza and pasta eating going on! We were generally surprised at the size of the city (smaller than we imagined) and how close things were to each other. Before we arrived, we had planned to use the subway and bus system, but found that we really didn’t need to do that, it was typically just as quick or quicker to walk to where we wanted to get to – plus we could see so much more above ground than under it!
Rome is definitely a must-see city and should be on everyone’s bucket list! I highly recommend traveling in the off-season to avoid the heat and the crowds and prepare for some heavy walking. You will be rewarded with magnificent sights and phenomenal food! A great experience overall! And one that I hope to repeat in the near future with another trip to this magnificent city of art, history, and culture!
UPDATE: I returned to Rome over the Christmas holiday break in 2013 with my daughter and her friend. It was fun to revisit some of these places, share my interest in art and architecture with them, and experience new places on this trip.
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