Studying abroad in Italy gave me the perfect opportunity to get my travel feet wet so to speak. When it came time for the school field trip to Rome, I was anxious to explore without the group. Fortunately my friends, or compadres as they are probably better referred to in this situation, had the same thought.
Although we stuck with the school tour for the required visits to the Vatican and the Colosseum (and frankly that’s way more interesting with a Roman history professor than a guidebook!) we broke free and spent our late afternoons and evenings out on the town. At the time, it was just before the rush of the summer tourist season so the street performers were just warming up their acts and getting into the swing of things. The streets were full of people, chaotic noise filled the air and there was an atmosphere of being alive.
I love this photo, it’s a small pause– a small moment of quiet reflection away from the sempre vivente of Rome.
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IF YOU GO:Rome is a must-see if you’re doing a grand tour of Europe. History is the King in Rome, so be prepared for several days of museums and walking the sites. Unfortunately we stayed in a cheap hotel with school, but the Italians aren’t just famous for fashion. You’d probably be a lot happier checking out Rome apartments– just imagine yourself as a roman emperor!