The next stop on our Auburn style euro-trip is Rome, Italy. Rome is known worldwide for it’s ancient history and art, and after a trek around the city, you will see why. Rome is a city comparable to the Grand Canyon; you see beautiful photos of such places, but the real site with take your breath away. After the locally guided tours of Rome’s Capitol Hill and the Vatican City, we’ll have about two days to explore the Eternal City on our own. Here are some ideas for how to spend your free time, from personal experience and a little research.
Arguably Rome’s most sought after destination, the Colosseum is the epitome of ancient Roman history. Walk around the impressive construction and learn about its role throughout history. Purchase the self-guided tour for fascinating stories about the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death.
Fontana Di Trevi
The Trevi Fountain’s massive structure is awe-inspiring. For any of you Lizzie McGuire fans out there, fulfill your pre-teen dream by throwing a coin in the fountain. Legend has it that throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain will ensure a return trip to the Eternal City, and considering I will be returning after a yearlong absence, this one holds true. To ensure your fate, you must toss a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, with your back to the fountain. In boco al lupo (good luck)!
Rome is famous for its Piazza’s, or public squares where people of all ages seem to congregate. This makes Rome the best city in the world for people watching. One of my favorite traits of Italian’s is their love for people watching, making it completely acceptable to sit and watch others all day long. From the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona, to tiny piazzas hidden between streets- if there are any steps or stairs, you’ll likely see someone sitting on them.
Campo de’ Fiori and Trastevere
Campo de’ Fiori and Trastevere are both plazas where young Italians gather to eat and drink wine. On the weekdays, Campo de’ Fiori boasts one of the best open-air food markets in Rome. When sundown hits, these areas become crowded with lively Italians looking to have a good time. Both areas offer great local restaurants where you’ll enjoy authentic Italian food. If you’re lucky, you may even stumble upon a few talented street performers. I witnessed one of the best while hanging out on steps in the Trastevere area.
With Rome being the largest city in Italy, your possibilities are endless. The unique personalities of Romans make it one of the most magical cities in Italy. Don’t forget to sample the endless amounts of gelato available on every street corner in the city. I know I’ll be eating my favorite dessert at least twice a day.
If you’re looking for more information on the trip, we have rescheduled the last information session of the semester for Tuesday, February 11 from 5-6 pm in the Auburn Alumni Center, located next to the new CVS on S. College. If you cannot attend, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.