Explore This! Rome, Italy

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on June 18, 2012 @ 8:28 pm 12 comments

Thanks to Stella, our awesome Latin Lover, we have today’s travel inspiration. She’s read a few gladiator romances recently and thought maybe we needed to have some visual aid for this beautiful, ancient city. And I totally agree!

The first thing most of us probably think of when we here about Rome are the Colosseum and the Parthenon, right? But there has to be much more to this city, so lets check it out and see what it has to offer:

The Colosseum.

The Acropolis.

Lovely azaleas at the Spanish Steps.

The Trevi Fountain.

The Tiber River with the Vatican as a backdrop.

We can break from the sites to enjoy a little shopping:

Then off to see more of Rome’s wonders:

Inside the Basilica of San Clemente.

The obligatory night shot. So pretty!

And if you’re interested in checking out those gladiator novels, My Wicked Gladiators by Lauren Hawkeye and Mask of the Gladiator by Georgie Lee were the two titles Stella mentioned in our discussion.

Seriously, looking at the images for Rome….I could’ve kept going and going. There would be no shortage of things to do there, and definitely lots to learn. So, tell me, have you been? Is it on your must do before you die list?

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Lexi June 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Love the pics, someday I will see it with my own eyes. Hmmm, I will have to go check ut those gladiator books, this post got me in the mood for it!

  • Jeanne Miro June 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    My husband went on many trips to Italy first when he was on an aircraft carriers in the Navy during Vietnam and again when he was in the Navy Reserves and attached to a P-3 squadron.

    The trip that meant the most to him was when he went to Naples and got to see the hometown of her grandparents. His father was one of five of their children that were born in the US and the other 10 were all born in Naples.

    Her parents have gone on an extended trip to Italy and even now 25 years later his mother passes on the wonderful places they visited. We hope to someday to be also able to make that trip so he walk on the streets of his ancestors. Thanks for helping to bring the country alive to me with your post!

  • draconismoi June 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I haven’t been to Rome. It’s not on my must-see list. Mostly because of the Vatican. Well, that and when I was 10 and asked my dad what Rome was like he said “dirty.” (Jerusalem was really “sandy” and Egypt was “hot.”) He sure knew how to make international travel sound appealing.

    I’ve been all over Greece (which was amazing), and spent some time in Crete, but didn’t head up to Rome. (We wanted to hit Turkey, but there was a freaking bird flu scare while I was there. They cancelled all the Ferries that day. Devastating.)

    If I went to Italy it would be for Florence. Florence is supposed to be awesome. And tasty.

    • Stella June 19, 2012 at 5:43 am

      If you get to visit Italy one day I would recommend to DEFINITELY visit Sienna: it was Florence’s big rival (to be accurate Sienna was first the city of power and then Florence the newer city rose in importance due to the Medici (if I remember correctly) and they degraded Sienna). And having visited both I have to say Sienna is much more charming. It retained its old charm of little city while Florence is always buzzing with too many tourists and vendors :-/

      • draconismoi June 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

        I was mostly thinking about the food.

  • Lesley D June 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I’d love to visit Rome! So much history there and beautiful works of art.

    The Parthenon is in Athens, Greece, btw. The Pantheon is in Rome. Very different buildings, but such similar names. XD

  • Stella June 19, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Oooh, I’m a little late to the party, but it’s never too late to visit Rome 😀 I LOVE that city (has been there at least 4 times), and agree Jackie, it is such a stunning city full of proof of its rich and colourful history, it is amazing how when you are merely strolling the streets you encounter ruins of several centuries old or even older! Love the atmosphere of the city, and of course all the delicious Italian meals and gelato 😉

  • Tamsyn June 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

    These are great pics! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been to Rome before for a short holiday and it is fabulous! Love, love, love it!

  • LSUReader June 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful photos–thanks for sharing. I haven’t been to Rome, but it is definitely on my must-do list of travel locales.

  • aurian June 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

    O yes I do want to go so much, but Venice is even more on my go-to list, before it sincks in the ocean.

  • Marg June 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Rome is such a fabulous place. I would love to go back again one day.

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