Benvenuto! Welcome to All Roads Lead To Roma, a web site devoted to my favorite city . . . Rome! I have had a love affair with this fascinating city for well over 30+ years and I wanted to share a lot of what I have learned through my experiences in my travels to Rome and Vatican City with all of you. I have read a lot of material about Rome, but I have never come across any description more apt until I found Dr. Alan Epstein’s book entitled, As the Romans Do:
“Imagine being three thousand years old. Suppose by some mysterious process you managed to avoid the limitations of mortality, and year after year you keep going, adding more and more experiences to your life until you have no choice but to repeat them because you have exhausted all possibilities.
You are the very essence of what it means to be human. You have had more than your share of victories and defeats, triumphs and tragedies, moments of glory and those of abjection, times when you wish you had never been born and times when you want to go on forever. You have loved and lost, have abandoned and been left behind, been rich and poor, skinny and fat, lived high on the hog and been forced to scramble for a few morsels of stale bread. You have seen it all, done it all, regretted it all, and then gone back and done it all again.
You are la citta’ eterna, Rome, the Eternal City.”
In describing the ease in which to get around Rome, Dr. Epstein continues:
“The geography of Rome is fairly easy to understand, once you give up the American notion of the grid. Instead, think of a series of concentric rings that emanate from the very center of the city and continue indefinitely until you are completely out of Rome and into the countryside. If you stand, say, at Piazza Navona in the center, you are probably twenty or thirty minutes by foot from most of the places you’ll want to see – the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna, St. Peter’s, the Trevi Fountain, Castel St. Angelo, Villa Borghese, Trastevere – because they are all within the confines of the first ring. And, of course, even if the monuments did not exist, the many streets leading to and from these places are themselves worth the trip to the city, tightly packed, narrow, winding alleys down which one can meander endlessly, aimlessly, as if one had been transported to another time; tiny passages that enclose residences, shops, and services of every kind, in which real people are living real lives as housewives, teachers, bakers, restauranteurs, taxi drivers, and clothing designers.”
So eloquently put! I highly recommend this book as a “must read” for anyone who is as fascinated with Rome as I am. For more information about this book or to visit Dr. Epstein’s web site, please click here; or, check my Links page under “As the Romans Do” and click on the book icon after you’ve checked out my massive web site. Not only can you avail yourself of Alan Epstein’s famous historical tours but you can join his wife, Diane Epstein, for her “As the Romans Do: A Recipe for Living” culinary adventures and photo journeys. You can access a link to her web sites on my Links page as well.
Rome was not built in a day and you certainly cannot see all of Rome even in 30 days. But, whatever time you have to explore this most fascinating ancient city is worth the time, whether it be for a couple of days, a week or two, or more. I have put together this web site out of pure love for this city in the hope that you will find it interesting enough to want to visit Rome for yourself. You will find a vast amount of helpful information, each categorized under the separate pages linked below to help you navigate better and plan your trip. So sit back, enjoy, and above all come back often because I try to add items of interest from time to time. Godere! (Enjoy!)
(The photo above is of Dr. Epstein and myself at Piazza di Spagna.)