What is it about Rome that moves our soul? How does the name of one city uplift our hearts, and invigorate us with an endless euphoria of love? Some will say it’s history. The ancient stories of the Roman empire. The taste of power and remembrance of a life once infused with the glory from the sounds of swinging swords. I often find myself daydreaming of ancient times in Rome. In fact, a past life regression brought forth a memory of a life I once lived when the gladiators walked upon our earth. Next week that daydream is becoming my reality and I’ll be making my first adventure to Rome. Thanks to my new Italian friend here in Calabria I have a list of sights to see and where to make my first wish in Italy.

The famous Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Fontana di Trevi

With over 2,000 fountains in Rome (more than any other city in the world) there’s one that stands out above them all– The Trevi Fountain. Legend foretells a story that dates back to the time of Emperor Augustus. A general and his soldiers stumbled upon a young virgin who miraculously brought pure spring water from the ground to aid their thirst. In honor of this miracle, the general decided to build an aqueduct from the spring site that would reach all the way to Rome. Thus The Trevi Fountain was born. The traditional coin toss into the fountain originated in 1954 from the movie, “Three Coins in the Fountain.” If you throw one coin this assures a return trip back to Rome. If you throw two coins you will fall in love with an Italian, and if you throw three coins you will return to Rome, fall in love, and marry. I wonder how many coins I will toss in during my trip? Stay tuned to find out!

A photo of the Vatican.

Il Vaticano

The Roman Catholic Church. One of the most sacred locations on our earth. As a born Catholic and raised in the Catholic church, I feel as if I’ve been awaiting this moment my whole life. To be at the beginning of this religious belief I hold so near to my heart. Where I am staying is closest to the Vatican. So, when I return from my adventure in Rome I will share more in-depth about what this visit gifted me. It is the one I am looking forward to the most!

“From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.”

Pope Francis
A photo of the Colosseum.

Il Colosseo

It’s fascinating to honor a structure in the way that we do the Colosseum. Built on the glorification of death in ancient times, how would that way of life apply to our modern-day society? Will we ever return to the gladiators in the arena? What made the belief in death back then so different from today?

 I believe it is because they knew that death wasn’t the end. 

The fear wasn’t instilled in that era as it is today. Yet six million people a year visit this newly introduced world wonder (inaugurated July 7th, 2007) where the roaring crowds once cheered for death in ways we mourn today. I’ll be curious to see what comes forth energetically for me from my visit.

Carbonara, La Regina di Roma

I’ve never been a foodie, but since moving to Italy I’m experiencing an appreciation of these Italians and their cuisines. So, I had to include the Queen of Rome, Carbonara, which is the most famous dish in Rome, Italy. The ingredients are on the simpler side, with guanciale, eggs, Roman pecorino cheese, salt, and pepper. Being a vegetarian I’ll have to take my Italian friend’s word for the exquisite taste of this well-known dish. When you find yourself in Rome, I’m told this is one item on the menu you cannot miss. I found this article, https://www.ricettedicultura.com/2018/08/pasta-carbonara-the-queen-of-rome.html with the origins and recipe.

Francesco Totti, l’ottavo re di Roma

I couldn’t include the unofficial Queen of Rome without the unofficial King of Rome, Francesco Totti. His contribution to the football team in Rome is celebrated as royalty. Although his name is new to me, I’m fortunate his legacy was shared with me by my Italian friend. It appears Totti’s name will live on within the Roman history with the rest of its magnificent blessings to our world.

From wish-fulfilling fountains to one of the seven world wonders and the birthplace of the Roman Catholic church, it appears Rome truly has it all. Iconic athletes with cuisines that are referred to as Queen’s to top it off and all I can say is my adventure in Rome can’t come soon enough.

See you soon, Rome!

Curious about other adventures in Italy? Check out my post on Infiorata in Noto Sicily!

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