rome, day 1: top 20 sights, smells, and sounds

Ciao tutti! Today marked the first official “day” in Rome, sans jet-lag, and needless to say it was incredible. Here are my twenty:

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It’s fair to say that every street in Rome has some photo-op moment because the walls are all beautifully decorated in some way, shape, or form.

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Because a trip to Rome would be incomplete without a slice of pizza on the go.

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Our classroom’s window view versus your classroom’s: that’s amoré (and that’s also the Pantheon).

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A close-up of the gargoyled fountain and obelisk in front of the Pantheon.

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The sky provided a perfect contrasting backdrop.

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Around every corner is an artistic wonder waiting to be beheld.

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When in Rome, you’ve gotta get the granita– caffé granita con panna, that is. Trust me on that one.

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Charming with its Old World flair, Rome is truly a city that doesn’t cease to impress.

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It would be an absolute travesty to miss the Trevi fountain, day or night. (Ed. note: A post will come soon with footage from the Trevi en la notte).

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Every edifice is an astounding marvel, rich with detail and monumental presence.

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Gelato in a technicolor collection of 150 flavors is what sweet dreams are made of.

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Even newer monuments, such as this one in the Piazza de Venizia, truly establish Rome as the eternal city.

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Ancient Roman ruins also transport travelers to another universe and still stand strong.

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Crossing the bridge between rustic and colorful Trastevere and the Pantheon neighborhood is a wondrous sight to behold and highlights the vastness of the city.

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In addition to the sun-soaked perfection of 70 degree summer weather, Trastevere is lined with hydrangeas of extraordinarily rich hues.

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Roman cuisine did not fail to impress my tastebuds, particularly this seasoned scampi.

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Back in Trastevere, the old-world charm and new-world grit combine to make for a colorful community.

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In addition to looking left and right, also look up once and a while– structures in Rome are not only colossal in size but also in detail; the color playing a complementary contrast with the cerulean sky.

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A man teaching his young daughter to ride a bike? Something about Romans is just quintessential and full of joie de vivre.

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After an incredible first day full of treasures, both cherished and hidden, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for this upcoming month.

Until then, Arrivederci!

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