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: 229 Comments

  1. Al Santos

    My department is having a trip going to Rome! We are very excited because we are all first-timers. Rome is one of my dream destinations, and I am happy that my department has given a chance to visit Rome.

  2. Kathryn Murphy

    Arrived in Florence from Rome just in time for lunch! I think Florence is perfect for people who want peace.

  3. Michelle Edwards

    Can’t wait for my Rome trip, so I can have my friends reenact The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and When In Rome starring the Olsen Twins. LOL

  4. Leslie George

    I am keen to do a trip to Rome, and around later this year. Could you send me a link to the itinerary for your incredible trips? I’d love to get some ideas of where to go.

  5. Carolyn Kelly

    If there is just one thing I have taken from my trip to Rome, it is, that the locals DO NOT stop for the “green man” or at zebra crossings. Hahaha!!!

  6. Jessica Garcia

    The Trevi Fountain is what I remember when we visit Rome. I was amazed when I see the fountain with my own eyes. It’s a must see! I highly recommend this place.

  7. Emanuel Terry

    Fantastic 4 days in Rome spent with Sophie, now at the airport waiting to fly home to LGW. A truly memorable and fantastic trip. Looking forward to my next visit here.

  8. Anne Griffin

    Whenever I hear Rome, I remember my ex-lover who brought me there. It was a perfect night for us, he even proposed to me, but I was too young that time. He is my great love.

  9. Paula Smith

    I am crying right now. I miss living in Florence. I lived there for four years because I studied there. It’s true, the stores are closing too early, but the place is very quiet, and relaxing.

  10. Myron Stephens

    My wife’s dream is to have dinner at Italy, but the expense is too much. I am working very hard to make her dream come true. I wish I can take her to Rome by next year.

    • Rose Mitchell

      What a loving husband. I think they have package tours in Rome? Never been in Rome, but mostly they have package deals.

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