Rome Journal

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Friday, November 25, 2005 | Published in

I found Rome Journal when I was hunting around looking for just this sort of thing - an blog done by some who's moved to Italy, particularly Rome. I'm interested because that's just what I want to do.
I love Rome. I've been there twice and have left both times wanting to live there. Almost anyone who's ever been to Sunderland can probably appreciate me wanting to flee the place - It's not nice, unless you enjoy cold, wet, grubby, charv infested pits - and Rome is top of the list of places to move to. I don't know why so many towns in the UK are so ugly - you can head across the channel to France and even the little, non touristy towns have nice old stone buildings and a fairly pleasant atmosphere, but here we seem to take great delight in tearing our nice old buildings down and replacing them with glass and steel monstrosities that look pretty crap now, and in 30 years time are going to look appalling. Did we learn nothing from 60's architecture?

In Rome I love how you can wander down the back streets and even the scruffy ones still have nice buildings, and that you can turn the corner anywhere and bump into a random statue or fountain that hasn't been smashed or graffitied or anything, and has stayed that way for a long time. Things like that end up destroyed in minutes where I come from...
I love the narrow streets and lanes that seem to have just been plonked down without any sort of planning, the cafe's and restaurants, and the feeling that you're wandering around somewhere that has some culture, whereas Sunderlands idea of culture seems to be the mould growing behind the nearest kebab shop.

Last time I went to Rome (in March this year) Marie, my girlfriend, and I spent 4 days there. In the mornings we went and did the tourist bit (the forum, the coliseum, etc) and in the afternoon we would wander around the city centre looking at things until we were comletely lost and our feet hurt, and then we would find the nearest bus that would take us back to the main station. It was a great way to explore the place, I just wish we'd had longer to do it. We didn't see much in the way of nightlife because we were so knackered after all the walking around we did, so that's something I want to check out next time we're there, and I'd also quite like to go to one of the outdoor operas.

Hopefully I'll get to move there for a while in the not too distant future, but until then I'll just have to make do with occasional trips and blethering about it on here.

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  1. Ben Bishop said...

    Nice post Rob, wasn't quite expecting culture and history but you painted a great picture of Rome, just how I imagined it (And Sunderland!).

    Found you from your comments on my Podcasts post, like the site. Laters Ben

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