Rome The Eternal City
Rome is truly an eternal city. There is really not a way to truly understand this though, It takes a journey and it takes you to actually step foot there before you really understand why. This history of the city is truly amazing from the Roman Coliseum to the Forum your are presented with centuries of people who have stood before you. You awe at the magnitude of architecture and art representing centuries upon centuries of souls.
Every step you take you are presented with the old and the new. You can look back and see the old and yet is a bustling city. From the sights and sounds to the museums and churches it is all evident as you move through its streets. There is so much to see and for an American tourist just visiting and so little time.
My journey is a little different than most of the group I am with as it is part of a pilgrimage. I bring not only my tourist side but some of my hopes and dreams but also some of my loss and failures. I am bringing it all with me because it is who I am. It has made me who I am this woman of travel.
So one of my first stops in a life long dream is the Sistine Chapel. When you step into the Sistine Chapel, you are presented a kaleidoscope of color with a palate and hues that entice the imagination. You recognize it immediately. As you have seen Michelangelo’s masterpiece throughout your life in various paintings, pictures, and movies. I am here I am standing just below it, I am in Italy, and I am at the Sistine Chapel. To my dismay there are no pictures are taken here. So you have to capture it in your mind. In this way it remains yours forever, however, not in a tangible way but in a somewhat ethereal way.
There was so much after the Sistine Chapel it boggles my mind. You could spend a lifetime here and not scratch the surface I feel. Yet, I go on and my journey continues…. As you walk towards the Roman Coliseum you can almost hear the chanting of the crowd as the finest gladiators in the world prepare for their next battle. You are amazed that this incredible structure is still standing being construction of it started in the year 70-72 under the rule of Vespasian. How many have come here before and after?
As you move through time and walk through history you come to the Roman Forum a gathering place that has been hosting people since 500 BC. People met there to do business buying and selling were popular as was gathering to learn of the news or perhaps go to school. You walk on the stones that were placed there by the Romans and if you are quiet you can still hear the bustle of the market place and the whispers of the newest gossip. I wondered what were the smells here?
This history of Rome would not be complete without visits to the first churches of Rome where the early Christians for Rome gathered and celebrated. It is an amazing walk as you discover and delight at the stunning adornment of the various places of worship within the city. Nothing is more spectacular than the “Pieta” now housed in the Vatican Museum. Any journey I make to the various churches is always bittersweet for me. I enjoy the beauty but I am sadden when I stop a moment and light my candles. This time was no different.
My favorite part of the travels I make a lot of time is the food. Oh and the wine of course. Here is no different. So for the culinary aspects of Rome as a foodie I tell you that you will not be disappointed. Rome is known for its internationally mouthwatering cuisine. Classic pasta dishes like Carbonara originated here, Trattorias are on every corner and wine is always flowing. My favorite kind of place.
Yet the Eternal City would not be complete without the people who visit and the contrast of time is never more apparent than in Vatican Square. it’s as if time has stood still but is still also fluid and moving. It is where the old order meets the new.
You can walk down cobblestone streets and stop in one of the many churches for prayer or perhaps shop at one of the outdoor market places, take a journey into the past and the future. Rome is truly an eternal city a place of culture, culinary delights, history, faith, and beautiful people. I have just touched the surface of what Rome is about. It is the Eternal City and it waits for you too to discover it’s treasures.
Go on discover your next destination it just might be Rome. You will not be disappointed