“The lands of other peoples have fixed boundaries: but the extent of the city of Rome is equal to the world itself”
– Ovid, Fasti, 2, 683-684
I read that in the Colosseum.
First thoughts upon reading it: “woah, Rome…we get it. You’re awe-inspiring and timeless…and how did anyone even build anything so big around two thousand years ago?”
It’s breathtakingly huge, but the best thing about this place? The metro station.
Yep, you read that correctly. Bear with me guys.
I was walking back into the station after having spent the morning in the Colosseum and Roman Forum when I noticed everyone’s faces. They were full of awe, shock and wonder. People strolled forward with their heads facing up to the sky, their mouths open and their eyes wide.
The first thing you see when you exit the station is the Colosseum – it takes up your whole vision and seems as vast as the sky itself. If you’re ever in Rome, look at people’s faces as they leave the station. You won’t be disappointed.
I had a weird sense of deja vu upon seeing the Arch of Constantine. It wasn’t all in my head though. This Arch has inspired works both in Europe and across the Atlantic. Marble Arch, the Brandenburg Gate, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Union Station and the American Museum of Natural History have all been modelled on and inspired by the Arch of Constantine.
There’s something so inspiring about that. The Arch has stood the test of time, being built in 315 AD, but there’s more to it than that. It has provided inspiration for thinkers and architects across three different centuries and across a number of different cultures. Time and space, people.
That’s not gelato. That’s hazelnut, coffee and stracciatella heaven. And don’t get me started on the cannoli.
The Palatine Hill and Roman Forum were the core of the city in ancient times. It’s surreal to be walking through ruins in the middle of a bustling capital city. There’s this strange sense of peace and stillness that just feels so refreshing.
I found out that the word “Palatine” is actually the origin of the word “palace” in a number of different languages.
Lesson #58 from Rome: The Romans literally invented everything.
This gallery is just a round-up of some more photographs from my time in Rome. I contemplated taking snaps inside the Sistine Chapel, but there was a guard for every three tourists in there…and I got scared.
Highlight of the trip: making very awkward eye contact with that Swiss Guard. Those guys don’t fool around.