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10 Reasons You’ll Never Get Bored on Your Next Vacation in Rome

10 Reasons You’ll Never Get Bored on Your Next Vacation in Rome

Realistically, there are countless things to do while visiting Rome. There are ancient structures, historical museums, fresh fountains, and everything in between. While you are taking time between having the best cuisine in the world for each meal, don’t miss out on these breathtaking places that you must visit on your vacation in Rome.

1. Explore the Pantheon

Quite possibly the best preserved structure from ancient Rome, the Pantheon sits adjacent to Piazza della Rotonda. Construction was completed in 126 AD and this structure has served as a Roman Catholic Church since the 7th century. The architecture of both the inside and the outside are well worth the visit.

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2. Throw a Coin into the Trevi Fountain

This structure is famed worldwide, as there is a legend that says whoever throws their coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome. Many times, the fountain is too crowded to get close to it, so you may need to wait a little while to be able to get close enough to toss your coin in.

3. Have a Historic Day at the Colosseum

This historic structure is said to be the largest amphitheater in the Roman world. At its prime, the space used to have a capacity of about 50,000 to 80,000 people that could use any of the 80 entrances. Construction was completed on the Colosseum in 80 AD, and today, tourists pay to see what is left of the historic structure. The last performance took place in 523. Afterwards, it was used as a fortress, then acted as a source for building materials for other now-historic sites.

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4. Pick up Fresh Fruits & Vegetables at Campo de’ Fiori

Located in the Piazza Navona, this famous Roman marketplace is where you can purchase vegetables, fruits, flowers, and fish. It is the perfect stop when you are meandering through the city. This market will give you an authentic Italian feel with the selections offered by vendors, and it is surrounded by booming pubs and local wineries that stay open late.

5. Meet up with Friends at the Spanish Steps

This is the ideal location to meet up with friends or family that are also in Rome. Throbbing with energy, this hot spot is almost always bustling with a crowd. Throughout the year, the steps are only decorated occasionally, except for late April to early in May, when the steps are consistently adorned with flowers.

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6. Entertain Kids at Rainbow Magic Land

This theme park is located about 49km away from Rome in Valmontone, and is centered around fun for the whole family. In total, 35 attractions are aimed to entertain kids and adults alike. There are thrill rides, stunt shows, aquatic ballet, fairies show, fireworks display, and water attractions in the summer. For the month of October, the park is embellished with a Halloween theme. This is a must for anyone that is traveling with kids.

7. Take Pictures at Piazza Farnese

One of the most beautiful squares in Rome, it is overtaken by Renaissance Palazzo Farnese, a 16th century structure that is currently used as the French Embassy. All of the best Renaissance artists had a hand in its construction, so it is said to be the most beautiful Renaissance structure in Rome — and also in all of Italy.

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8. Relax Completely at Monti

Smaller and less popular than some other cities, Monti will give you a true feeling of community. You can catch your breath sitting at one of the fountains or cool down with some local gelato.

9. Flock the Trastevere Flea Market

Still classically Italian, this city’s narrow roads are lined with bookstores, boutiques, bars, and clubs along with the old churches and unique cafes. Each Sunday you can find the flea market, where vendors are selling everything from artwork to clothing to antiques for next to nothing.

10. Enjoy Free Concerts at Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus is the largest Roman stadium, with the ability to house 185,000 observers. Visitors can enjoy the view of Palatine Hill, or alternatively can view the Circus Maximus from the imperial palaces on the Palatine hill. In ancient Rome, it served as the venue for horse racing, but is now used for free concerts.

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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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