it’s been almost 16 years since i was last in Rome; my parents took my brother and i here (part of a tour through central Europe) to celebrate my college and his high school graduations. while i’ve been several times since to Italy, i’ve been really looking forward to returning to The Eternal City to see how eternal it really is.
and boy, is it eternal. i completely forgot how intertwined and monumental the history is here. everywhere you turn, it’s something ancient or a masterwork, or an ancient masterwork. i have a tendency to spatially distort places in my memory, remembering them as larger or smaller, but so many places were exactly as what i’ve been picturing in my mind’s eye during the runup to my return.
something i didn’t remember today, though, was my camera :\ and what a day to forget! also, i pretty much became my parents and followed a Rick Steves walk from his guidebook. sometimes i’m quick to eschew him but really, it’s some good stuff! he makes things really easy and provides quick and conveniently digestible (without being dumbed-down, i hope) context.
sidebar: protip i’ve discovered that in most bar service places, you need to pay first and present your receipt to get your food/drink. this was the case at both the cafe i went to this morning (Tazza d’Oro) as well as the gelato place (Giolitti). p.s. this is three scoops, and no, there is nothing wrong with gelato at 9:50 AM!