I Left My Heart In Rome
It’s no secret that I adore Italy and that my Italian tours and adventures are very close to my heart and give both my husband and me enormous pleasure…enormous pleasure.
Sharing this country we love; this culture we love has turned the world on a dime for us. There is nothing quite like experiencing another way of life to put your own in perspective.
Rome is, according to Renaissance painter, Giotto, ‘the city of echoes, the city of illusions, the city of yearning.’ I know that for me, my heart aches with longing each and every time I get into a taxi to head to the airport for my flight back home after time in The Eternal City.
Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome. It’s an almost paradoxical mix of modern and ancient, all seamlessly blended together to create what my husband calls a living, breathing museum around every corner.
When people tell me that they have been to Rome and seen it all, I confess to being shocked, truly shocked. I have been to this glorious city too many times to count and I have not seen all that Rome has to offer. I always feel as though I have simply scratched the surface.
If you have only seen the Vatican museums, the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona, then you have not only not seen Rome, but you’ve missed the soul of this great city. There are more streets, neighborhoods, nooks and crannies that make this city the most fun to explore; that reveal her soul to you little by little.
And around Rome? More magic, from Castelgandolfo and Ariccia where Palzzao Chigi puts stars in your eyes to Orvieto, the town of underground caves; to Ostia Antica and and ancient port of Rome; to Cinnecitta, where classic and modern films hold their history…to the crowning glory, the reason we know so much about life in ancient Rome…Pompeii. These incredibly tragic ruins have created a preserved snapshot of what life was like in ancient Rome…and we see quite clearly how much of ancient wisdom is still in use today. Cement, anyone? Sewage systems, perhaps?
From ancient food and lifestyles to modern takes on traditional Italian cuisine and a lifestyle steeped in well…style and an eye to the future, Rome is the city that gives life to the phrase ‘La Dolce Vita.’
So if you want to find out for yourself if all roads do, in fact, lead to Rome, come play with us in May for a trip that will transform your world view and fill your heart with longing to return.