Rome is another city that I unexpectedly liked. My impression before I started traveling extensively was that I would never like cities that rely on tourism. It seems that many people have this same bias (some with a bit more pretentiousness about them than others, but regardless), but over time, I have come to realize that I generally love the cities that thrive off of tourism.
I’ve found that true in Siem Reap, the totally touristy town next to Angkor Wat. I’ve found that to be true in Venice, which would hardly exist at all these days without tourism. I’ve read others hating Manchupicchu, but again I loved it.
Rome is another place on that list for me.
While I was there, I got the chance to do a wonderful tour with Walks of Italy, which was pretty close to the place where I was staying at in Rome. The highlight was being able to walk out on stage at the Coliseum , which isn’t available via buying the normal ticket that everyone else lines up for… in very, very long lines.
Walking out of the catacombs below the stage and then up on the stage is an experience that drew me a lot closer to the history of the place.
View of the Arch of Constantine from the top of the Colosseum right next door. For this particular shot, I put a little tilt shift effect on it. What do you think? You like?
Looking back on the Colosseum from another spot that the folks at Walks of Italy were able to get us to — the upper deck of the building. Again, another spot you can’t get to with a normal ticket and yet another reason to look back on this day with a big smile on my face. Plenty of things to do in Rome, but I’ll remember these views utmost in my mind.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in Europe this year… and loving it. Thought by some experienced travelers as “too easy” and “not challenging enough,” all I can say is that it is the continent with easily the most to see and do of any of them.
And its incredible.