Insert completely generic yet expected travel itinerary and obligatory accompanying photos of : The Colosseum, The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon , River Tiber, the Roman Forum, and the Imperial Forum.
I have the feeling I’m watching a movie. I keep thinking someone’s going to yell out “Cut! That’s a wrap” because I’m on the set of “Gladiator” or something.
This sounds slightly cynical, but I feel like the buildings have been purposely and strategically placed to attract tourists. To evoke awe. It feels fake to me. Not because it looks fake, it’s just hard to fully wrap my head around such a different history. And that these buildings are still around now – or that the people were even able to build such large and long lasting buildings all those centuries ago. Moulded from thick, heavy marble none the less.
This morning I woke up to the view of the top of Pantheon in a beautiful 15th century building. Seriously, 15th century. Meaning it was built 300 years before Australia was even discovered which is crazy.
It wasn’t until I saw the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica that I really began to love Rome.
To think people go their whole life & don’t get to see this … I feel lucky. The photos just don’t do it justice either (but here are some anyway)…