La Grande Bellezza

Translated as The Great Beauty and inspired by the eponymous name of the 2013 Sorrentino film, the title of this post refers to Rome and my visit back in 2008 to the eternal city. As part of the #throwbackthursday series, here are some memories snapped of that pleasantly sunny but chilly December trip and some tips if you are a first-time visitor to the captivating capital of Italy.

Apart from visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, as well as the Colosseum and Foro Romano, Rome has ample gems to offer in the way of culture, history, and architectural marvels. For instance, travellers can spend a morning or afternoon getting lost in the grounds of Villa Borghese, or walk all the way up the Spanish steps; on the way down, one can pop in the Keats-Shelley house where it is said that Keats had perished. Various fountains can be found in different parts of the historic centre and a gelato can be enjoyed while sitting nearby. One cannot miss a visit to Castel St’Angelo or St Peter’s Basilica for that matter. These and many other attractions promise to make a visit to Rome unforgettable and an experience to be repeated. One word of caution – the best food is to be tasted away from the main hot spots which are usually tourist traps. On that note, something tells me that it is time to visit Rome again, don’t you think?

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