Visit to Rome, the Eternal City
Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel
November 6, 2012 Having lived in Rome for more than six years has given me a certain advantage whenever I visit this city. I know just where to go and how to get there. I was in Rome last September and as usual, I was once again enchanted by the beauty of the Eternal City.
The day started with an early buffet breakfast at Zest, Radisson Blu es. Hotel on the 7th floor, with a stunning view of the surrounding city. The food was very good and seeing the salsiccia on the buffet made me realize how much I missed this italian sausage.
After having my "prima colazione", I started with my tour and my first stop was the Colloseum, which was a few minutes walk from the hotel. Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, it is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture.
Not so far is the Arch of Constantine, the famous triumphal arch situated between the Colloseum and the Palatine Hill so make sure you don't miss this one.
Next stop was the Fontana de Trevi (Trevi Fountain), the largest Baroque fountain in the city. As usual, it was crowded but I still managed to get closer and have a picture taken. According to a legend, if a visitor throws a coin into the fountain, he is ensured a return to Rome. I remember doing it myself, and I guess it really works!
Due to lack of time (I was supposed to meet a friend in Termini Station later that afternoon) I wasn't able to go to Piazza di Spagna, and thus missing the Spanish Steps, the widest staircase in Europe. I really suggest that you visit this famous square if you have the time because it is just a few minutes walk from the Trevi Fountain.
Instead, I went direct to see the Pantheon, a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome.
Inside the Pantheon, I saw a lot of tourists taking picture of the oculus, a central opening to the sky.
I ended my tour by visiting the Piazza Navona. Make sure you don't miss the Fountain of the Four Rivers, one of the altars of science in Dan Brown's 2000 thriller Angels and Demons.
After taking one last look at this enchanting square, it was time for me to leave and take the bus back to the city. If you still have time, you can get off the bus halfway to the Termini Station and visit the Piazza Venezia, a major circus and central hub of the city or at the Piazza della Repubblica which is the bus' second to the last stop.
Of course, there are still a lot of places to visit like the Piazza del Popolo, Campo dei Fiori, Castel Sant'Angelo, and the Vatican but since I only had one day to explore the city, I chose visiting the ones which I missed the most. Until next time...Arrivederci Roma!!!