Herrman & Herrman June 2017

June 2017

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Memories of Italian Excursions Past

Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Rome and Beyond

I’ve been to Italy twice, and both times were absolutely extraordinary. As I get ready to travel to the Mediterranean country

horses or chariots around. Instead, it’s a park, where you can relax and enjoy the ancient scenery or take in a concert. During my last trip to Italy, I also had the chance to visit Pompeii. As you may know, Pompeii is an ancient city — or rather, the ruins of an ancient city — that was built at the base of Mount Vesuvius. On August 24, 70 A.D., the mountain erupted. It’s not known how many people died that day, but

for the third time this summer, with my lovely girlfriend, I can’t help but reflect on those past visits. On those previous visits, I had the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Rome. By itself, Rome is an incredible place to visit. You could spend months touring every site and still not see everything the city has to offer. It’s packed with rich history, vibrant art and architecture, and just about the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Rome is a city of many recognizable sites, places that we all grow up reading about and seeing on TV and in movies. You have the Colosseum, the largest and perhaps greatest amphitheater ever built. At nearly 2,000 years old, it’s a well-earned distinction. It’s where gladiators once fought and

“It’s packed with rich history, vibrant art and architecture, and just about the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.”

the aftermath is haunting. It was incredible to see people and animals frozen in time, some huddled along walls, waiting for the inevitable. Aside from the extraordinary destinations, I can’t say enough about the people. They’re fun and engaging, especially if you try to speak Italian. While I only know just enough Italian to sort of get by (as much as I can quickly reference in my guidebook), they always appreciate the effort. You can go into any mom and pop restaurant, have a glass of Chianti wine (from the Tuscany region of Italy, no less), and order some of the best pasta you’ve ever had. And that’s yet another great thing about going to Italy. No matter what restaurant you visit, even the places in the touristy areas, you’ll find great food. Pair fresh pasta with fresh seafood and you’re in for a real treat. I know on my upcoming trip, I’ll be doing just that. I can’t wait to explore Venice, Croatia, and Sicily, and all of the other locations in between. I hope to see new sights, try new foods, and take it all in once again.

sea battles were waged. Yes, sea battles. The Colosseum was used for naumachia , or mock sea battles. Think of it as an ancient action movie, as prop ships were constructed in the amphitheater for actors to stage intense fights “at sea.” Of course, you have the slightly lesser-known sites like Circus Maximus, a site defined by chariot racing. Much like the Colosseum, Circus Maximus is impressively large. It was the largest stadium in ancient Rome. Today, it’s still in use, though you won’t find any

– Gregory Herrman

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