Rome Beyond the Coliseum

As I’m currently living in Europe for a year, Italy’s one of the “must-see” destinations I need to tackle before my time is up. Rome, on the other hand, has been lingering near the bottom of my bucket list for quite some time.

I have no real reason for this prejudice – it seems to lie entirely in the prejudices of others. I’ve heard Rome is dirty, hectic, chaotic, and not “real” Italy…whatever that means. I suppose it means there are no idyllic Italian villages with cobblestoned streets and adorable old Italian men making handmade pasta inside tiny family-owned restaurants. Ah, that old authenticity argument.

Filmmaker Oliver Astrologo has just changed my mind though. I mean being a Classics freak I feel it’s mandatory to see the Coliseum. But Astrologo proves there’s so much more to Rome than just that. “In my life I have been fortunate to have explored fascinating places around the world. There is one particular city though, that keeps giving me new emotions every day. It is Roma (or Rome).”

He goes on to say that the architecture stands apart from any other European mega-city, and points out that the quieter sides of Rome are what really make a difference. I think that’s what makes this video so appealing to me. It’s not just all the snapshots of epic historical monuments, marketplaces, or pretty town squares. Astrologo REALLY gives you a local perspective. I love seeing how people live their daily lives, whether it’s the elderly gent curing meats at the market, a busy barista serving up espresso, or a child cycling around a park. Like any big city, it’s all about getting away from the mainstream activities and poking into the REAL corners of town.

If you are an ancient Rome lover, don’t delay in getting up close and personal with the sites. Rome is known for being the place where Caesar was killed, and for the Tarpeian Rock where traitors were frequently thrown to their deaths. And that’s just the beginning.

Once you’re done with Rome, visit these other awesome places in Italy.

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