I often get asked, “Of all of the places you have been in Italy, what is your favorite?”. Rome, without question. I feel more alive when I am there. It may only be because the city itself has played a special role in my life story that I feel this way but I think that my memories just add to the magic that is Rome. Much like everyone who visits Rome, I too love being able to hear the Fontana di Trevi before you actually see it and the true sense of wonder you feel as you stand in front of the Pantheon but I also love the parts of the city that you would not expect. I love waking up to the sound of the delivery trucks backing in and out of the narrow streets, the Italian voices echoing off the alley ways, the smell of the “motorini” mopeds whizzing down Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the chaos of trying to order an espresso at Sant ‘Eustachio at rush hour. There is something in these mundane things I find comfort in that others would undoubtedly say are the reason they prefer Florence or the quieter towns of Tuscany.
We sometimes kid around about booking a ticket just for the weekend so we can go to all of our favorite places and be back in time for work on Monday. Just to get our “fix” because it feels that way when we are there, a true high. Maybe one day we will do it. And if we do, this is what we would do with our 48 hours in Rome.