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10 Reasons You Should Visit Rome Once In Your Lifetime

10 Reasons You Should Visit Rome Once In Your Lifetime

Who doesn’t love to travel? Traveling is probably one the best kinds of pleasures this life has to offer to us. But at times, with its countless destinations, all the numerous alternatives, it can be somewhat overwhelming.

Let’s talk Europe, undoubtedly the world’s most popular travel destination. It is flooded with alternatives. Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Bern, Madrid, Venice. The list goes on.

Today, I’m here to make things a little easier for you. I’m here to talk about one of Europe’s oldest and most popular cities, Rome, and why it should be at the top of your priority list.

1. Architecture

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    For thousands of years, Rome has been the capital to some of the most important empires and nations in history. And with those, it has received a healthy dosage of breathtaking architecture that the entire city almost poses of.

    Rome houses 12 of Italy’s 45 UNCESCO heritage sites including the Pantheon, the Coliseum, the Spanish steps, St. Peter’s Square, Navona Square, etc. The architecture is perhaps the first thing that you as a visitor will notice about this city and it is also probably the thing that will last the longest in your memories.

    2. History

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      One doesn’t need any justification on the historical significance of this city. It was from here with the rise of the Roman Empire that the western civilization truly began. For this reason, walking around the city gives you a special feeling that you’re walking in history.

      Even the architecture fits this feeling. There are buildings and structures hundreds, thousands of years old, and every part of the city has a special history to it. There are guided tours you could take part in, or if you’re the adventurous kind, you could simply map and plan your own tour!

      3. Art

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        Rome is one of the most popular destinations in the world for art appreciators. Masterpieces of architecture, painting, sculptures, pieces most of us grew up reading, hearing or watching about, are actually present here.

        The seer propensity of these masterpieces can make it an almost surreal experience to actually witness them in person. Works of famous artists like Michelangelo, Salvi, Sangallo, Maderno, Bernini, etc. call Rome their home.

        There are numerous museums and galleries around the city displaying brilliant artworks, the most popular amongst them being the Villa Borghese Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art.

        4. People

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          Rome is said to have one of the nicest urban populations in Europe. And by nice, I mean downright friendly, uncharacteristic of most European cities. Italians are known for being hospitable and those in their capital city are no exceptions. And this doesn’t just include those with businesses serving tourists.

          From the young to the old, the actual residents of the city are extremely helpful and polite. Maybe it’s their culture or style of living that is just welcoming of new people. Anyway be it romance, intellectual exchanges, or just a jolly good laugh, you’ll find plenty of those in Rome.

          5. Fashion shopping

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            It is the one thing every tourist in Rome never misses. There are many streets in Rome that are lined with stores of Italian and European clothing brands. Zara, Armani, Benetton, Sermoneta are a few examples.

            There are plenty of shopping areas in the city, each with its own specialty and flavor. One thing for certain, whether it’s clothes or bags or shoes or what not that’s a part of your fashion sense, Rome will provide you all you need. Most of these things tend to be expensive but the prices are no match for the quality, design and seer magnificence of these products.

            6. Religion

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              This might not be true of everyone but it is definitely worth a mention. Rome houses Vatican City, the world’s smallest nation and the political and religious center of the Roman Catholic Church.

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              Millions of people flock Rome every year with the primary purpose of visiting this site which is believed to be situated on Apostle Peter’s burial place. Even if you’re of a different religion or a non-believer, the history and appearance of the place should make it an interesting visit.

              7. Other sightseeing

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                If nothing else, this city is simply a sightseeing paradise. There are plenty of landmarks in and around the city that you simply should not miss. You can just rent a taxi at Rome airport and start to explore the city.

                And the most peculiar thing is it doesn’t matter whether it’s one day or one month you’re living in this city, there’ll always be a special sightseeing package perfect for you. Meaning, this city will keep you just as entertained in a month as it will the day you arrive here. Now isn’t that something you’d want to be a part of?

                8. Food

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                  Italian food is famous worldwide. But you haven’t tasted the true potential of Italian Food until you’ve tried it in Italy. Trust me. Every region in Italy has its own specialty in cuisine and quite nothing beats trying out the local food.

                  Rome’s specialties include spaghetti alla carbonara which basically is pasta dressed with eggs, bacon and pecorino cheese, baccala which is dried salted cod, and bicatini all’amatriciana which are tube shaped pasta with tomatoes, sliced pork, onions, red chili and white wine. Buon Appetito!

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                  9. Wine

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                    Italians and wine are almost synonymous and you haven’t truly experienced the magnificence of Italian wines till you’ve been to a wine tasting event in Rome. Wine sellers from around the world flock to this city for this particular reason.

                    There are plenty of wine shops (known as Enotecas) dedicated to this purpose. Also the city regularly hosts numerous wine tasting ceremonies. Although most of these are exclusive and require an invite for entry, you could just as easily find one you can get into.

                    10. Culture

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                      Italians host one of the oldest and richest cultures of Europe. Throughout history they have been well known for their many festivals and parties. And the modern Romans hold on to this legacy with much pride and commitment.

                      The capital city of Italy hosts numerous festivals every year that never fail to fascinate its visitors. Being the center of western civilization for thousands of years has definitely left the Romans a bit of cultural legacy.

                      Featured photo credit: Wikipedia via upload.wikimedia.org

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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