Rome #4, The City, Italy 1/2014

April 4, 2014

There are a few Cities in the World that truly stand out; San Francisco, Istanbul, Beijing, London, St. Petersburg. Rome, living, breathing and constantly changing, saturated with history, much of it dating BC, is surely among them, but after the Coliseum, the Forum and the Vatican, there is the City itself.

It was sound advice to absolutely NOT drive in Rome, so our trusty Garmin routed us through the narrowest, most congested, most chaotic part of the city it could find during the height of rush hour. At some length, we arrived at a safe RV parking facility just across the street from tram and bus lines, and we never moved. Drivers in Rome are even a bit humorous in their unconventional maneuvers and parking. Add to that thousands of Vespas and their clones and mix in a few hundred big bikes, 1200 cc “fat-tire” “crotch rockets” and it’s a real show.

Fortunately, the center of the city is walkable, and narrow alleys wind around sidewalk cafes and end up at beautiful plazas with spectacular fountains, including the most famous, the Trevi Fountain. If you throw a coin in, it guarantees that you will return. We did. Others, like the Fountain of the Four Rivers and Trione Fountain were positively amazing. How could these solid marble works of art be created with a chisel and a hammer? Often they were even more striking at night. Venders roasted chestnuts and street musicians entertained us.

As the saying goes, “Rome! A lifetime!” Indeed, three or four days gave us only a taste. We will come back someday.

 

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