Confession: I rank Rome’s landmarks and monuments based on how much they look like cake.
That means that my favorite is the Colosseum at night, but Palazzo Vittorio Emmanuele comes in a solid second:
Having already scored major brownie points for looking like an over-the-top wedding cake, I found out that Palazzo Vittorio Emmanuele was more than just a fancy facade for visiting art exhibits. What I didn’t know for my first 3 months of walking by the building, was that you can get up close and personal with the Nike sculptures:
You can buy a ticket to go to the top of the monument for an incredible view of Rome:
The thing that never stops amazing me about Rome is how ancient and modern it is at the same time. You can look out over the rooftops, and if you take away all the satellite dishes, you’re staring at streets and buildings that haven’t changed in hundreds of years.
Thousands of years of history and a nice thick layer of 21st Century smog.
One of the reasons that I like living in Rome is that you are surrounded by history. Living a contemporary life in the shadow of ruins from an ancient civilization tends to put life’s daily annoyances in a nice perspective.
I mean, really, why bother hating the Italian postal system with the passion of 12 burning suns? What will it matter in the long run?