Even though others had described this to me prior to this trip, it was hard to comprehend until I saw it for the first time; the mix (sometimes integrated and sometimes not) of old world structure with new world amenities. Driving to our hotel from the airport, we saw the mix immediately. First an old Roman ruin, then a new modern building, then a building that integrated both. This is just something that we don’t (and can’t) see in the States, because in comparison to Rome, we just haven’t been around long enough.
Take for example, Prada and Gucci stores located in 14th Century buildings, or even the worlds most lavish McDonald’s with marble and mosaics at the Micky D at the Spanish Steps and you can begin to picture what I am talking about.
No, we did not eat here!
I had read about the crazy driving in Rome, but until you experience it first hand, words just can’t prepare you for what the experience is like – but I will try. Drivers here truly have to be attentive (there is no way one could drive and text without crashing into something) as automobile traffic is constantly coming at you from all directions, pedestrians (dumb tourists) are walking with their heads in the air looking at a sight, and a Vespa or motorcycle whips around a truck and cuts in front of you inches from your bumper. All this at once! No way would I drive here – that is why we had a driver with a nice luxurious BMW 5 Series to do the driving for us!