There is something about Italy; something in the air. The sun seems different; the air feels different. After two long flights- Kolkata to Dubai and then from Dubai to Rome, we finally landed at Leonardo Da Vinci- Fiumicino Airport at eight in the morning. My mother and I, we were travelling alone. There was certain excitement in the prospect of an “All Girls Trip”. Stepping out, I looked around and soaked up the vibrant energy of the place. All the fatigue from our ten-hour long journey disappeared. The personnel sent from our hotel finally found us. We got into the car and thus, began my most memorable trip till date.
Even though my eyes were heavy and I could feel sleep creeping up on me, I forced myself to stay awake. I didn’t know where to look. I felt like I was missing out if I was looking on one side of the road and not the other. I can't claim to have gone off the beaten track and down something special. We went on a guided tour and did everything a typical tourist would do. But, what I can share is my experience and what i took away from the place as a person. This trip was a part of a much larger two-month long trip to Europe, but, I can say that these two places were my favorite part.
The Vatican City is the perfect blend of art, culture, intellect and religion. The home some of the most famous works of art, the most important church in Christianity, a culture that dates back to a few centuries and the Pope himself, the Vatican is an outstanding example of functionality with humanity. An entire religion stays alive through the means of this one miniscule city. One cannot help but admire the power of human faith and determination. The reality is that the Vatican City is every bit as beautiful as the books and films describe it to be. Rather, the print media does not do it enough justice. One has to visit the place to experience its splendor. I did not think a place could have dignity, the Vatican proved me wrong. Everything about the place excudes poise; starting from the architecture to the security personnel.
Finally, we headed back to our hotel in the heart of Rome. After three days in Italy, we headed towards Switzerland.The country has a way of making you feel at home. Rome to me is a city that I would love to go back again. There is something special about the cobbled pathways, the bustle of city life, the faint smell of pasta and pizza and being surrounded by ancient Roman architecture that draws me to not only Rome, but also Italy in general. They say all roads lead to Rome; I would like to believe it is true. I want to come back here someday and find my own adventure.
This trip was from so long ago that I had a little difficulty tracking down all of the pictures on my laptop (I still believe in keeping everything in print). I've put up whatever pictures I've found!
P.S.- The only tip I have is KEEP YOUR WALLET VERY CLOSE. Keep copies of your passport and visa (if you believe in keeping your passport with you), do not carry your passport around, it might turn out to be a very bad idea.