Rome has always been in my bucket list, even though my bucket list is continuously being altered, updated and rejuvenated as I get older. With some traveling experience, first thing first, we bought the travel guide for Rome, which included the translation of simple phrases in the Italian language. They say, “If you go to Rome, do as Romans do.” It’s not that easy to do exactly like the Romans but anyway, we gathered the information that we thought could be useful for our travel.
We arrived in Rome on a Christmas Eve. The people of Rome were generally quite welcoming and they seemed to be used to the tourists. We stayed in a hotel just some meters away from the Roma Termini Railway Station. The hotel management was exceptional welcoming and they were very kind to alert us regarding the pickpockets. Therefore, it was vital that we kept an extra vigilant eye on our personal belongings.
They say, “Rome was not built in a day.” I think that it could take us a life time to explore it. Rome’s history spans over two and half thousand years, which have seen it’s transformation from a small Latin village to the center of a vast empire, through the founding of Catholicism, and into the capital of today’s Italy. We had to choose the most recognized and recommended historical sites. These are some of the guided excursions that we chose:
The Colosseum was like 15 minutes walk from the hotel that we stayed. Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, it is one of the preserved monuments of Rome and the best examples of Ancient Roman Architecture.
Aside from bloody battles, legend has it that Christians were fed to the lions at the Colosseum. I could not stop admiring this gigantic building with phenomenal architecture but as a Christian, I could not just hold up my thoughts about the Christians who were killed in the building.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is not far from the Colosseum. It is well preserved, clean and serene. It has a beautiful view of the ruins & relics left behind from the stomping grounds of the Roman Empire. Like many of Rome’s great urban developments, the Forum fell into disrepair after the fall of the Roman Empire. With the lessons from the
History classes and the help from the guide, it was like walking while listening to the whispering voices of History.
The feeling of exploring the Roman Forum, is difficult to put into words because it felt quite a different from reading about it. It’s one thing, to read and understand about an Ancient City, but also something else when you see it. Besides the experience, I really enjoyed plucking the tangerines from the trees!
I was taught in my History classes that we study History, so that we won’t repeat the mistakes of the past. My question is: If we have learnt from the past then, over the centuries, why do war, poverty and injustices still exist?
I think that when it comes to the possibilities of “learning from the History” there are doubtless many things we could aspire to learn. Some of those would be more practically useful, in terms of contributing to the normal and decent functioning of well being of our society. What is your view about it?
“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” ~ Robert Penn Warren
(Read also Rome Part II)
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