A police vehicle outside Vatican City, Rome, Italy. (Photo: Herman Eloff)
Rome – Of all the major cities I’ve visited across the globe, Rome is the first where I felt really at home. Like I could move here and settle down in a little apartment down one of the narrow cobbled streets.
After spending only a week in the Italian capital I didn’t want to leave.
For me, Rome is stuffed with the excitement of a metropolis mixed with the richness of an ancient city. It’s an interesting combination of old and new and is brimming with character.
Although I hardly understood a word of Italian I quickly managed to figure out how to order a caffè americano and a pizza margherita. That was, to the dismay of personal trainer, the extent of my diet for the week. This was mostly because I did Rome on a budget - converting Rand to Euro isn’t always easy on the wallet.
Rome has an endless amount of ancient sights to explore on foot – from the iconic Colosseum, to Vatican City, to the Fontana di Trevi. The city is packed with historical treasures and artefacts that are hidden between busy modern streets.
I barely had enough time to see everything there was to see, but here are 10 of my own personal Instagram snaps from my walks through the city.
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1) Fontana delle Naiadi
2) A view from Villa Miani high above the city
3) The Colosseum
4) Another view of the Colosseum
5) A statute on a bridge over the River Tiber
6) A photo taken outside Vatican City
7) Inside Palazzo Venezia
8) A tram outside Roma Termini railway station
9) Fontana di Trevi
10) A side-street outside my hotel