Guest Blog by Jennifer Williams:
Spending time in the Eternal City alone does not mean you cannot have as much fun as when you traveled to Rome with your former spouse in times past. Rome is city full of wonders for single, divorced and married alike.
When in Rome what should you do? Here are five ideas that will add up to a memorable Roman Holiday for any divorcee.
1. Tour Vatican City
While technically its own city state, no visit to Rome is complete without seeing the Holy See. Take an entire day and sign up for a guided tour through the maze of Vatican museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. If you are a history buff, it is a great chance to learn many of the stories behind the holiest place on Earth to a billion Catholics. You will also get a chance to view the remarkable ceiling of the Sistine Chapel crafted by Michelangelo.
2. Sample Roman Cuisine
What you should eat in Rome depends on what time of year you visit the Eternal City. Many dishes contain seasonal ingredients and are best when sampled in season. Having said that, there are always local foods you can enjoy. Rome is home to a delicious variety of pastas and cheeses that alone are worth a trip to Italy.
3. Visit Trevi Fountain
It might seem like a curious suggestion for a divorcee to visit a fountain connected with love. Then again, who says divorcees don’t need love, too? If you decide to toss a coin in the fountain, it will ensure a return to Rome. Two coins will ensure a new romance blossoms. Three coins will lead to another marriage or divorce. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay on the sidelines, you can watch plenty of other visitors toss their coins in the water. Over 3,000 Euros are thrown in Trevi Fountain each day.
4. Walk the Ruins
Ever picture what it was like to see chariot races or watch gladiators duke it out in the Colosseum? Ever wonder what it would have been like to perform in the Theater of Marcellus? You can make your imagination come alive through touring various historical sites from ancient Rome. Some are a shell of their former glory, like the Colosseum. Others, like the Pantheon, have remained in continuous use for 2,000 years and offer a modern glimpse into life in the Roman Empire.
5. Experience Roman art
Ancient Roman paintings offer a rich tapestry of subjects, including animals, still life, portraits and mythological figures. Sculptures are more prominent with busts of ancient Roman emperors and senators still in abundance in museums throughout the city. Rome later became one of Europe’s major centers of Renaissance artwork and evidence of that remains behind in modern times.
When in Rome there are plenty of things to do and sights to see to make for a memorable visit – even if you are traveling there as a party of one.
Be sure to take in the Eternal City from the comfort of a vacation rental instead of a hotel that can be your home away from home and offer amenities more affordable than what you could find in a hotel. After all, you’re a divorcee. You deserve to enjoy the best of everything while saving some cash to splurge on yourself.
Jennifer Williams is a traveler and writer, who has recently traded in her nomadic ways to learn the ways of the interwebs and blog from her cozy home. Follow her on Twitter- JtotheWilliams
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Reading this reminded me how much I love my time in Rome. A couple of other hints
– instead of paying to go to St Peters – go to church there – fantastic atmosphere and energy
– the food is absolutely suberb – almost anywhere!
– Orsa Maggiore is an international women’s hostel near the river, and near the vatican, cheap and cheerful http://www.womentravel.info/profile.php?id=326
Jennifer Williams says
Yes! The food is absolutely delicious.