Nothing sums up Rome best like La Dolce Vita. Italian for "the sweet life", the phrase pertains to enjoying the things you love and not holding back on to what life has to offer. As you take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Rome and breathe in the city with all its ancient history, fine cuisine, art, beauty, and a hint of modern luxury, you can't help but fall victim to the allure of this magical city.
Rome is so full of life and more so is its people. Friendly and genuine, the simple folk of Rome are eager to greet you and welcome you into their city. The hospitable atmosphere and the vitality in Rome's everyday hustle and bustle almost make you forget that you are standing among the ruins of where an ancient civilization once stood. See the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Once there imagine the lives of the people who once walked those steps. Gaze at the sheer grandness of the Vatican or the detail in the artwork in St. Peter's Basilica. As if creating these magnificent structures weren't a feat for the Roman people in itself, the fact that these wonders are around today for us to appreciate is what's amazing. Not only do they know how to make the most of the present, they also know how to treasure their past.
Spoiled by the presence of beauty and history at every angle, it only seems natural for the people of Rome to indulge in all the other aspects of their lives as well. Giving importance to staying close to family, enjoying good food and drink, and living at a pace where they can truly enjoy life isn't unique to Rome but it surely is celebrated. With all the beauty and love for life surrounding the people of Rome, It's not hard to see why the saying la dolce vita and the meaning behind it, much like Rome's many ancient wonders, has stood the test of time.
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