A Roman Scoop: A Travel Guide to the Eternal City

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A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome

Join us on a tour through this exciting city full of sexy history.

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The summer before my senior year in college, a few friends and I decided to study abroad in Florence. The type of city you’d find on the front of a sepia-toned postcard, the Italian city is undeniably picturesque; with its quaint, cobblestone streets, impressive, looming domes, and petite, rustic skyline, Firenze daintily screams, “dilapidated chic!”

A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome

Florence

After a week exploring the archaic locale, however, I felt unbearably restless, longing to be immersed in a city with a more palpable pulse. A diehard New Yorker, I was clearly experiencing withdrawal, deprived of the Big Apple’s intoxicating bustle for far too long. I missed being enveloped by shadows of towering concrete and the comforting shrills of traffic streaking outside my window. And I despised the fact that nearly every Florentine store closed well before the sky fell dark.

You can imagine my relief when, two weeks into our underwhelming Tuscan experience, my friends and I decided to spend a long weekend probing a slightly more modern city—one much more akin to the one that never sleeps. It was a trip that would take us two hours south and fifty years back from the past via high-speed train, straight into Italy’s gleaming capital: Rome.

A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome

Rome

I was ecstatic to discover that The Eternal City—unlike its “quainter” northern sister, Florence—didn’t have a kiddy bedtime. Better yet, it had the modern urban feel I so terribly craved. Peppered with a delightful assortment of locals and spectacular sights, Rome is a mixture of old and new.

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Kristin started her career at Marie Claire and is now an editor / staff writer at Forbes. Born and raised in the Big Apple, Kristin's biggest pet peeves are run-on sentences, unwittingly published typos, and public transportation delays. A fervent shutterbug, arts-and-crafts enthusiast, and bona fide gourmand with an insatiable wanderlust, she's been fortunate enough to have already journeyed to over a dozen foreign countries (including Hungary, Spain, Bermuda, and most recently, Costa Rica!).

Reader Discussion: 192 Comments

  1. Kathy Beck

    I have a chance of being there in Rome when I was a kid. I remember going to St. Peter’s Basilica. I love the structure and the interior of the church it’s just that taking photo’s are not allowed in there.

  2. Pam Reyes

    This is place is perfect for Dating. I love the ambiance and the food in here. 😍

    • Marsha Reed

      It’s a very Romantic place I ever been. Please go there with your partner. You will surely like there.

  3. Mable

    Every place in here gives me a chill.😣

  4. Benjamin Goodman

    I would consider going to the beach instead of going here. 😒

    • Martin Juice

      Beaches are commonplace dude!

  5. Victoria Cross

    This is a BORING place for me… I don’t even love the food. 😫

  6. Lydia Erickson

    A place for me to unwind…😯

    • Cindy Frazier

      Yeah! A place for relaxation…

  7. Lauren Knight

    This would be a great place for meditating. I will try to go there this year.

  8. Myra Sullivan

    Oh, I envy you for this! I love Rome so much but can’t afford to be there. 😢

  9. Albert Powell

    I can’t say much about Rome. But hey I am not a hater. Sorry but I’m not an old-fashioned guy. But I love their food though.

  10. Ellen Padilla

    Wow! Breathtaking Places! Love them all! 😍

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