All Roads Lead To Rome: An Anti-Travel Guide to the Eternal City

All Roads Lead To Rome: An Anti-Travel Guide to the Eternal City

All Roads Lead To Rome

Rome. Tourists are bouncing their suitcases over cobblestones. The Vespas are out in full force, buzzing down streets, living in a limbo between cyclist and car. Local Romans pass by with a suave yet visible “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that I know I could never pull off.

The city’s fresh coat of paint is long gone. You can see the time pass by in the cracked, weathered buildings. They’re damn-near like an old man or woman’s face near the end of their life. There’s character. A story.

Who knows how many people have knocked on these doors and for what reason. To share a loaf of bread? To check your political affiliation?

More famously, there’s an interesting proliferation of decadent statues featuring naked, muscular men doing, well, things with water, it appears.

You can’t just fly a drone over here and say, “This is Rome.” You need to be on the rooftops, on the ground level, walking, and ducking into as many shops and eateries as possible.

Chef Mastro Donato

You need to talk to this guy, Chef Donato, and eat whatever he puts in front of you. Then, chase it all down with a trapizzino and you’ll wish you had this as your hangover cure in college.

Everyone’s moving, but there’s an easy pace to it all, orchestrated to a uniquely Roman rhythm.

Turn and there’s a breath from the relaxed chaos, the proverbial contrast of stillness and quiet, whether it’s a view over the Tiber River or one of the city’s countless ancient ruins sequestered for preservation.

Then, the conveniences of 21st-century life sweep you out of the once beating heart of the globe faster than ever imaginable by those who once ruled. At least you know you can come back.

After all, all roads lead to Rome.

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Joe Baur
Joe Baur
Joe is a travel author (Talking Tico) and podcaster who's constantly looking to get off the tourist trek in search of new stories. He enjoys few things more than a hoppy beer and chorizo in good company. Give him these things and he will be your friend for life.

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