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A Postcard from Rome

Tiny toy cars, mopeds, cyclists, speeding locals, bumbling tourists, chatter, horns, scorching 32C heat – welcome to summertime in Roma, Italia.

Roof terrace at Nord Nuova Roma
The only good thing about Rome's Nord Nuova hotel was this gorgeous roof terrace
David at The Forum, Rome
Overlooking the Forum, the collection of ruins in the historic Roman city centre
Fiat car in Roma
The most typically Italian scene I could find!

Rome was delightful, it really was, but just too busy for me. On Saturday we travelled out to Ostia Antica, the harbour city of ancient Rome. I expected a mass of tour groups and Korean photographers, but what I actually found was one of the most fascinating historical sites in the world shockingly quiet. The thing is, the site is huge, so even on a busy day there's plenty of opportunities to grab a moment of quiet contemplation among the ruins.

Ostia Antica in Italy
A very quiet Ostia Antica
Stadium at Ostia Antica
They host opera here on some summer evenings – nice!
Ostia Antica ruins
Shout if you see someone!

Last but not least, the part of our Italian adventure I was looking forward to the most. THE FOOD. If you avoid the tourist trap pizzerias and “tourist menus”, there's plenty of good stuff to be found 🙂

Gelato
Gelato. When in Rome…
Burger, chips, red cabbage
This burger was deceptively huge, and cooked medium-rare – NOM
Lunchtime salad
Gorgonzola and cranberry salad

Still to come on our Italian adventure – Florence, Pisa, Bergamo, Milan and Venice!

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

3 Comments

  1. Hello David, I’m so glad I found your blog. I just got back from Norway and have decided to try to move there and work in IT by next summer. Your Blog has been very reassuring in my recent decision.

    Kind Regards,
    Jordan L

  2. The gelatto looks to die for! I’m big on avoiding the tourist menus too. I feel like the food of a place is one of the most important aspects of a trip, I don’t want some watered down version of a place’s food, I want the real deal!

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