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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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                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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