Rome – Ancient Architectural Overload (Part 1)

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Rome was a fascinating place. A modern and hectic metropolis, with ancient buildings littered all over the city. The big main streets were noisy and busy with heavy traffic. The beauty of the city, in my opinion, is when you walk down the endless narrow passageways, where the traffic is much less dense, and you can enjoy the multitude of cafes, the ancient atmosphere and just get lost in the big maze, that is called Rome.

There is almost no end to the amount of sights this city has to offer. One more fascinating and impressive than the next. It was exciting to try to visualize how it might have been back in the day.

But at times I also found it so overwhelming that in the end it made me kind of numb. By the end of my stay I would simply pass by all the incredible Roman heritage sites, with all the amazing history and wonder they contained, and just shrug. Nevertheless, Rome has a lot to offer and if you like old stuff, history and architecture then Rome is the place to be.

Rome – Ancient Architectural Overload – Pantheon (Part 2)

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I had expected the Pantheon, in Rome, to be much bigger. I don’t know why, ’cause I knew nothing about it. All my “knowledge” about it, stemmed from computer games back in the ’90s. And usually the Pantheon was the “über” stuff you could build in the church/temple technology tree. And comparing the “über” Pantheon with a “simple church” like the Saint Peter’s Church skews things somewhat – according to my education. But I guess the computer games of the ’90s might perhaps not have been the most historical accurate to base my knowledge on.

Anyway, I truly enjoyed the Pantheon, even though it was smaller than I anticipated. I really liked the energy of the place and the incomplete roof was captivating. Just staring at that hole was enchanting – but also quite painful for the neck.

I wonder if they had umbrellas back then to block the hole when it was raining?

Rome – Ancient Architectural Overload – Colosseum (Part 3)

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Rome’s Colosseum was absurdly big. It was hard to fathom the size of the place. Imagining how things would have been back then, and all the action that took place was something you could keep daydreaming about and never really grasp. A thing so foreign to our world today.

Definitely a place that made me try to put myself in their place and time. The Colosseum was very captivating.

Rome – Ancient Architectural Overload – Roman Forum (Part 4)

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This place was so cool – and huge. Definitely my favorite of all the ancient stuff. I could easily have spend hours there. Just sitting around or taking a stroll. Being surrounded by “Ancient Rome” was an intriguing experience.

Rome – Ancient Architectural Overload – Trastevere (Part 5)

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This was by far my favorite part of the city, and the place I would go most days. This area was less about sights and ancient architectural wonder and more about the atmosphere. Even though it was full of tourists, it didn’t have the same touristy feeling the rest of the city unfortunately, but understandably, suffers from. Rome is filled to the brim with picture-taking-people who are shooting endless amounts of pictures, of their son/wife/grandma/dog/sparrow in front of magnificent monuments. Trastevere is a break from all that. This part of the city has nearly no cars or scooters, but its narrow streets are chock-full of nice cafes and restaurants. Musicians, artists and entertainers and giving the neighborhood a very lively feeling, and makes this place a joy to visit, in contrast to the more hectic parts of Rome.

Yet, I also got the impression that, even though this part of the city had its share of tourists, that a lot of tourists would in fact skip it. Those who only have a few days in Rome will most likely choose to go see the big famous monuments. That is understandable, but I would still highly recommend people to add this district to their itinerary. If for nothing else, then to go eat dinner there. But if you despise cafes and street artists then this is not the place for you.