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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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                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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