One of the great joys in life is living in the moment; scrapping your well honed plans when a serendipitous opportunity comes your way. I was fortunate to have one such evening delight me not long ago, at the end of a wonderful trip to the Amalfi Coast. I had been traveling with my husband in southern Italy and as part of our complex multi-legged journey home, we needed to get to Rome for an early morning flight out.
As we’d both been to Rome several times, our intent was to take an afternoon train and arrive in the city in time for a relaxed dinner. We chose a hotel near the station expecting to simply eat and get to bed. But that was before we got a glimpse of the sky…
We arrived at our hotel at 7pm. It was tempting to just chill and find a nice spot for dinner. But the gorgeous mix of blue sky and cottony clouds was calling to me and I quickly became obsessed with the notion that the sun wasn’t going to be setting for another two hours and I had a new camera with me that I hadn’t traveled there with before. This was a serendipitous opportunity. Dinner could be eaten at any time, but two hours of sunlight in a city like Rome… that was a privilege not to be squandered.
A quick consult with Mr. Designthusiasm revealed he was up for the challenge. We were located quite far from any of the wonders of Rome and had a mere two hours to visit as much as possible. So without wasting any time, we were out the door and grabbed a taxi. Given the time constraint, the Vatican was out of the question, so we decided to hit the sights in order of importance and for me that meant heading straight to Trevi Fountain. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, it still takes my breath away. (One can say that about many things in Italy.)
This endeavor was destined to defy logic from the start, so we criss-crossed the city following no particular course other than what we wanted to see next and left room to allow ordinary sights to delight us.
When we reached the Colosseum, the early evening sky was extraordinary, providing a compelling backdrop for this imposing and spectacular structure.
There would be no time to enter on this whirlwind tour, and in fact it was already closed to visitors, but the views from the outside offered exceptional photo ops.
We stopped along the way for some local color. I’m always drawn to windows and doors and Rome obliged beautifully.
As the light began to fade, the visuals just became ever more stunning.
to decorative details…
to street cafes…
The city delivered more in two hours than I could have imagined!
Rome is a magnificent city that should be enjoyed fully and deeply. I would never recommend that someone who never visited before should see it in two hours. But for an evening in which we hadn’t expected to be out romping about the city, outrunning the setting sun with a brand new camera in tow was an absolute pleasure. We did eventually have dinner at a cafe we ambled by on our walk back to the hotel, sitting on the sidewalk under the night time sky.
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