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5 Reasons To Love Rome

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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.

Roman artichokes 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.

Statue in Rome, Italy
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.

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Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

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).

Roses in Roma, Italy

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.

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Mosaic in Santa Maria in Trastevere
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.

If you’re planning a trip to Rome and would like to get some tips, check out Revealed Rome. For more photos of my time in Rome, check out my gallery.

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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!

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Bianca Bauza

Bianca Bauza is a world citizen who spent almost four years traveling around South America and Europe. Her passions include photography, street art, outdoor sports, and cooking exotic dishes. She's now based in the Netherlands where she lives with her partner and young daughter. She still enjoys traveling, on her own or with her family, and is always looking for an opportunity to see new places.

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  • Rome is one of my all time favorites–I studied Latin with the papal secretary there years ago, and couldn’t get enough of it. Lovely shots!

    • Thanks, Charu! I’d love to spend some more time in Rome; it’s still one of my favorite cities in Europe and I also can’t seem to get tired of it :D

  • Couldn’t agree more with you that once you stroll of the beaten path a little you come across some absolute wonders that otherwise you may have missed.

    • Yes, Dale; anytime I go to Rome I like to wander and find the quiet spots in the midst of all the chaos and touristic madness :)

  • I just actually wrote an article on a very similar topic, but my view of Rome was more 50/50. There is obviously a lot to love but also plenty of things that were annoying.

    • For me, Rome has something special and it’s one of my favorite capital cities in Europe and I’d love to spend more time exploring it. However, I don’t think I could live there. Thanks for your comment, Lena!

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