Rome, an incredible city. It causes chills to think about the number of stories that must hide the walls of what remains of the Roman Forum or the Colosseum.

Last year we went to Rome for a weekend, it was one of Martí’s dreams so for Christmas I gave him a flight; and anotherone for me. So, he fulfilled his dream and I went back to the city. I had been to Rome before when I was little and did not appreciate things well. I remember that I was horrified by the city. Luckily I gave it another chance, and this last time I thought it was a spectacular place.

During our stay, a surprising thing happened: they cut traffic in the Via Appia Antica area near the Catacombs of Calixto. It coincided that a sporting event was held, that meant that we had to go everywhere on foot. But on the other hand, it was impressive to walk through the Via Appia completely alone, without traffic. Can you imagine the number of people who should have stepped on those tiles before us?

Another place that really impacted me was the Catacombs of Calixto. We arrived just when they were opening in the morning to avoid the crowd, and it was a success. You must enter the Catacombs with the company of a guide who tells you a little about the history and the families that rest there. They assigned us a priest-guide who showed us how passionate he was about the history of the place. When I entered the Catacombs, it gave me a feeling of considerable discomfort I did not take any pictures. I can tell you that it is a curious place, of worship, but the truth is that I would not go back for pleasure.

 

The Roman Forum is one of the essential places to visit if you go to Rome. From the highest part of the Palatine, you can see the Coliseum, hidden among the pines of the place. The combination makes an impressive sight. We walked through the Roman Forum and while leaving it seemed to me that we should have stayed for a little longer to calmly discover all its temples and monuments. Undoubtedly worth spending a whole morning, but as we went with a tight agenda and wanted to see the rest of the city we had to move on relatively quickly and I would have liked to walk more quietly reading all the information poles.

 In the next post, you will find detailed information on what to do in Rome for 48 hours.