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 from above

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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Born and raised in the Big Apple, Kristin is a proud alumna of both New York City’s Macaulay Honors College and Bronx High School of Science. Among her 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!) in her short 24 years.

Reader Discussion: 3 Comments

  1. Courtney Watson

    Rome is simply amazing!

  2. Jen Garcia

    I always think that Rome is a beautiful place and one of the “must-visit” places.

    This article provides a very informative guide to have an exciting Rome vacation and tour… Will definitely get back to this guide when I plan my Rome visit 🙂

  3. Rome is definitely on my study abroad list for graduate school. A majority of my family resides in Rome or near the beautiful city, and they always encourage me to take a "holiday" trip there. I think Rome and other European cities are gorgeous because of the rich history behind all of their beginnings. Unlike cities here that began during the Colonial period, European cities have over 1,000 years of historical happenings in their timeline. Combined with the past and present, Rome is not your typical city but an amazing place thriving with culture.

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