When one chooses Rome, it is to live or to spend time there, unconditionally. Rome is being loved for either its orderly chaos or its frenetic pace. Time in Rome is from a different order.
A city that is always on the move… and sets its own rhythms.
Even the climate is unique: if for example in many parts of Europe, in March we are still cherishing our winter clothes, in Rome we say “marzo pazzerello, guarda il sole e prendi l’ombrello”” (ancient proverb meaning “crazy March, look at the sun and take an umbrella”).
Not surprisingly, the ancient Romans had dedicated the month of March to the war god Mars, since they considered it the month that kicked off summer. The warriors began to prepare their armour, spears and shields, and the armies were ready to get going again.
Another phenomenon is happening after summer. When October announces the beginning of the cold season, in Rome we experience the “Roman Ottobrate”, a sort of meteorological miracle, with bright sunny days and a very mild climate, enough to seduce many Romans to enjoy some last days of sunbathing and swimming at the seaside. All this is due to an anticyclone, which particularly affects this strip of the Italian peninsula, ensuring a warm climate without rain since ancient times. Hence the term “Roman Ottobrate”, the phrase people used in previous centuries to refer to the Sunday trips out to the countryside surrounding Rome.
“I like Rome very much, it’s a kind of jungle, lukewarm, quiet, and where you can hide well ” Federico Fellini
In fact, a city that has been the magnificent centerstage of history and culture for so many centuries, provides its residents with a great sense of protection. Each alley, staircase, square, fountain or church hides or reveals an unexpected piece of the puzzle that contributes to the present splendour of the city, but at the same time, they all contains tons of mystery and secrets.
The secrets of Rome
Let’s reveal one: Salvatore Spoto tells in his book “Esoteric Rome” a story that really happened in 1578 in the church of San Giovanni in Porta Latina. It also appears in the “Journal of Montaigne’s travels in Italy” which was published equally in the late the 1500s. The story is about marriage between men. In that church, during mass, men were married to each other, completely in line with the same ceremonies that are still in use for contemporary weddings. To date, that church is still very well known and appreciated by the Romans for… celebrating weddings.
But do all roads lead to Rome?
There is a famous proverb “All roads lead to Rome” which refers to a bronze monument from 20 BC. called Miliarum Aureum (the Golden Milestone) located in Rome inside the Roman Forum, which used to be the starting point of all roads of the Empire.
Today, centuries later, Rome remains an easily accessible destination, not only with respect to many other destinations in Italy through highways and a very good high-speed rail network, but also to foreign countries thanks to its two main airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino. For example, when arriving at Fiumicino, it only takes 30 minutes to travel to Termini and arrive in “centro storico”, the old historical part of town.
The beauty of Lazio
With Rome as its capital, Lazio is a very important region in terms of culture, art, architecture and archaeology. The hinterland of Rome is quiet and sparsely populated. However, there is plenty to see. Living in Rome is great for visiting and making day trips to uncountable interesting and pleasant places.
Starting from the characteristic seaside towns, south of Rome, we mainly think of Ostia, Sabaudia and Anzio. From the latter – a delightful fishing village – you can easily reach the beautiful island of Ponza by hydrofoil n just one hour. Memorable are day outings to the suggestive Garden of Ninfa, classified by the New York Times as one of the most romantic gardens in the world, which were born on the ruins of the medieval town of Ninfa on the slopes of the village of Sermoneta. Heading north, the vast area of the province of Viterbo reveals enchanting places, from an Etruscan necropolis to medieval villages, natural spas and ancient towns that are gradually disappearing, to name just one… Civita di Bagnoregio.
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We can keep on writing about the Eternal City. We live there. We know it is a gorgeous place. And we like to reveal lesser known details to arouse your curiosity. We like to share our thoughts, just to give you an idea of how many opportunities this splendid city has to offer.
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