Monthly Archives: January 2012

Next stop…..Bahamas!

And I’m off! Officially booked Miami and Bahamas…..Safe travels if you plan on taking off this winter!

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When in Rome….

Rome is a great city. In fact I have been a number of times and have to admit that I never get tired of it. There is always something new to discover!  Because this city is so huge, I definitely will need to come back to this blog post and add some more places to visit in Rome….so consider this part #1 of perhaps many blog posts to come!

Of all the major cities I have been to, Rome is the one that in my mind is a true metropolis. Forget about New York City and its “hustle and bustle”. Rome is inundated with locals and tourists alike. You haven’t seen busy until you have stayed in Rome.  The beauty of it is definitely its historic buildings and monuments dispersed along the city. You can easily walk out of a bank, turn the corner and stumble across an ancient ruin, or stumble upon the Piazza Navona on your way to the grocery store. It really is surreal.

So what’s there to do in Rome? Everything! Like I said, I may need a few more posts about Rome to really capture ALL of it. I will start with the obvious!

·         Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain): By far the coolest monument I have ever seen (and my personal favorite!). It’s simply breathtaking. Unfortunately, it’s a huge tourist attraction, so I recommend getting their really early.  Don’t forget to toss a coin and make a wish.

·         Piazza Navona:  This piazza is beautiful any time of day.  Markets during the day and musicians at night. Make sure to eat at the many restaurants in this piazza, or grab some gelato as you make your way around the piazza.

·         Campo De Fiori: What’s better than picking fresh fruit from the market and a bouquet of flowers first thing in the morning?  This place is home to small market vendors daily.

·         Via del Corso:  Shopping, shopping and more shopping! Need I say more?

·         Via Condotti: 5th Avenue has nothing on Via del Corso! It’s the home of Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Versace….the list goes on.  You want to see how the rich live? Take a stroll down this avenue.

·         Piazza Spagne (Spanish Steps): Overrated in my opinion, I don’t really get it. It’s a cobblestone area with a lot of stairs…it’s pretty. But certainly a bit disappointing.

·         Vatican: Religious or not, you can’t leave Rome without visiting Vatican City. There’s so much to take in, so make sure to get a guided tour. It’s an unbelievable experience and an extremely long day.

·         Pantheon: It’s the oldest known church in Italy and pretty cool inside. It’s tiny, so worth stopping over and taking a look.

·         Colosseum: Being a huge fan of the movie Gladiator, you have to see this to believe it. The structure, the size, it’s incredible that things like this existed so long ago.

So now you have your basics of Rome. This is the stuff you should do, but there are way more things to do. I will leave that for a later blog, so until next time…..

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