Hidden between the ancient mountains and crystal clear sea, lies a country where volcanoes sleep. It is a place that has more masterpieces per square mile than any other land in the world and its people take pride in it. Yes, by now you probably know we are describing magnificent Italy. But all that we mentioned so far seems so insignificant compared to Italy’s hidden gem, the Eternal City.
Founded in 754 BC, Rome is visited by more than 12 million people each year. Since it is one of the oldest cities in the world, it is a famous crossroads not only for tourism but also for the economy, science, and technology. It was built on seven hills and has more than 900 churches dedicated to different saints.
But there is so much more to this creation than buildings and landscapes. Nowhere on this planet, you can find people so warm and friendly as people in Rome. They are known to open their doors to strangers in need after the first ‘Hello’ and they will share the last slice of bread with you. Sounds too good to be true, we know, but it is a first-hand experience.
Food is not to be discussed with Italians, especially not the ones living in the capital. People there believe that they have taught the rest of the world to cook, and their famous cheeses and delicious wines contribute to that statement. Ice cream is the creamiest, sweetest piece of heaven and the recipe is kind of the national treasure. Somewhere between old buildings, there is a famous ice cream shop, that has been around since the invention of this delicacy.
We won’t talk about all buildings and sites to visit in Rome separately. That role will be given to the local tour guide. The Sistine Chapel, the famous Trevi Fountain, and Colosseum are more than enough reasons to visit this city since these structures have been around for more than 3000 years. Imagine the sensation that goes through your body when you know you are looking at the ancient homes of people who tailored the entire history. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
If this is still not enough to convince you to explore this part of Europe, think of a scenario when you walk across the street and you are in a different state within a state? The Vatican is the world’s smallest country and it is actually in Rome. How can this get any exciting? It has its own money, radio, TV station and the gates of Vatican close at night to protect the priceless history. People of all religions recognize the importance of this city and it is often a symbol of faith and hope.
So, what would you say after reading this, do all roads lead to Rome? Well, maybe not all but we at least hope that we inspired you enough to pack your Italian dictionary and a good appetite and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime. Who knows what awaits behind the gates of the Eternal City?