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It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of big city life. However, there are a couple of world capitals that capture my soul. One of them is Rome. I’ve visited a few times and it hasn’t fail to conquer my senses. It may seem strange that I love being in a place with such crazy traffic, in which I wouldn’t dare to bike around in fear of being run over by a car; but I just love to wander around its streets without any aim other than just letting my instinct guide me. Usually, I end up finding places that appeal to me for different reasons. Here are some of my favorites.
1. The Food
Even if there are lots of tourist traps in Rome; if you walk a bit off the beaten path, it’s not so hard to stumble upon little trattorias where you can sample some traditional fare at reasonable prices. Besides, there are also a few markets where you can get fresh ingredients to prepare your own meals and eat like the Romans do.
2. Its History
Rome is one of Europe’s oldest cities, with a history spanning over 2500 years. It’s considered one of the birthplaces of western civilisation and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you walk around its streets you find history in every corner.
3. Its Fountains
Besides the very famous Trevi Fountain, there are lots of stunning fountains spread around Rome’s city center; it’s one of the things that make the Italian capital so unique. Plus, they’re not only beautiful, they also offer drinking water! And there’s even an app to help you find them (iPhone only).
4. Its Parks & Gardens
This city has one of the largest areas of green space among Europe’s capitals. Some of these gardens are within the many villas found around Rome, one of the most notable being the Villa Borghese; which was into a museum and it’s well worth a visit.
5. Roman Mosaics
Before going to Rome for the first time, I knew about mosaics; but it wasn’t until I saw some impressive works in Rome, that I felt in love with this ancient art form. All over the city you will find many find examples of Roman mosaics.
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Have you been to Rome? What are the things you love about the Italian capital? Let me know in the comments below!