By any measure it can be said ‘Travel is everything’. Sure, there is work, there is family of course! – and we live our lives each and every day seeking out big goals and small. But when the opportunity arises, and the chance to do something special is at hand; Travel is everything. Travel offers you the chance to live and learn. This is so important it is essential to repeat both those two words: live and learn.
This is why we at Ambytion are such a big fan of travel, and these two values. And there are few finer cities in the world than Rome to experience them. Best of all, to do it in a unique and special way. Sure, the Coliseum is magical, the Forum majestic, and St Peter’s Basilica is beautifully inspiring – but it is the little cafes, monuments, and hidden spots that truly make Rome special.
Let’s look a little at some of Rome’s greatest little secrets, but first, an overview of why it’s time you took a trip.
Living and learning
There is a difference between simply existing and experiencing. From observing to learning, and from planning your progress one goal at a time to simply watching as things unfold. Travel is a foundational example of the sort of way in which we can live and celebrate our lives.
A good trip needs to be planned, will certainly be enjoyed, and is guaranteed to grow your understanding by learning as you seek to learn and grow each day. Whether it is a huge around the world trip, or merely a simple weekend getaway, travel is one of those essentials aims to build and hold dear in your life.
We at Ambytion are of course about big goals though, and we celebrate that boldly with all our Ambytioners. That’s why when it came time to write this piece our team knew there needed to be a big trip and big city in mind to showcase this style.
So, let’s talk about planning a trip, using a very special European city as an example.
Planning a trip
When it comes to living and learning few do it as well as Italians, and Rome as the capital of Italy is a monument to living with purpose, with passion, and intent. It is here we can trace so many of the important ideas of the West than began 2000 years ago, as well as some of the finest food and culture world over.
Were Rome to have one flaw though, it is the reality: like so many great cities of the world there is so much to do and experience – and while part of truly living La Bella Vita requires you to slow down and enjoy the scenery – you do not want to return home and feel you missed out on so much.
Go step by step and goal by goal through your trip
By using Ambytion each step of the way throughout your planning for a trip to Rome you can ensure great progress is made, and the little victories and wonderful monuments you achieve throughout are recognised. Did you just book your airfare? Well done. Arrange a hotel while in town? Wonderful. Started learning Italian? Che Bravo! By planning your trip step by step you will ensure your entire experience from start to finish is not a trial but a pleasure.
We know this pleasure because this is how we work at Ambytion, each day and on every task. As the old saying goes ‘those that fail to plan surely plan to fail’. Fortunately, such a saying doesn’t translate well into Italian – and so whatever language you speak and whenever you visit from around the world – planning a trip through Rome with Ambytion shall ensure you speak the universal language of progress, joy, and confidence that have are the very foundations of life; just as they have been the foundations of Rome for so many thousands of years.
That is why travel is so tremendous. So, whether you are just starting to plan a trip now, or perhaps have been learning a language for a time and are now ready to take a trip; this is the essential guide to how to go about it.
The 7 Greatest Secrets of Rome
The Aventine Keyhole (via di Santa Sabina)
You could easily walk right by this monument without knowing without knowing what is so special about it. But a closer look, and specifically: a look through it, would reveal a gorgeous view of Rome that sweeps across time and centuries. Originally a residence for the Knights of Malta (who today still occupy the building), the keyhole is the perfect symbol of Italian design; great beauty in simplicity.
Roman Cat Sanctuary (via delle Botteghe Oscure)
Roman law. It has been around 2000 years, and while a wonderful testament to democracy and human rights, it also has its quirks.That’s why these cats live and roam freely among the ruins. Enjoying squatters rights and the opportunity to live as residents of this ‘property’, cat lovers from near and far shall delight in seeing the grandeur of Rome’s history contrasted with a kitten pulling a dumb face like you’ve seen on Facebook.
Pastificio (Via della Croce).
Rome holds some of the finest restaurants in the world. The sort that can make for a ‘once in a lifetime’ evening with tuxedos, black dresses, and the height of glamour with you as you dine. Pastificio offers an alternative. Serving as a ‘takeaway bar’ with a rich selection of pasta, this bar is has few equals in Rome or around the world.
Just as you can enjoy wandering to a gelateria or a bar to pick a selection of ice cream or wine off the counter before you, so too can you pick and choose from pasta ready-made right before your eyes at this wonderful Italian institution. An accessible but outstanding experience for anyone who wishes to a rich variety of tremendous pastas; and all in just one shop!
Bar Pompi (Via della Croce)
OK, this may not be the biggest secret around, but we we have a bit of a sweet spot for it. While visitors to rome may know Bar Pompi, few know just how good it is. With Tiramisu made in a variety of custom flavours, this is the spot to visit when you know you’re getting too full to eat much more; but want an extra special dish to cap off a beautiful evening.
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (Via del Quirinale)
The wonderful thing about Rome is history resides in every block. While the famous churches and monuments shall surely draw your attention, when you find an hour free may you way to this beautiful creation by renowned architect Francesco Borromini. Ornate, tranquil, and altogether inspiring, this is surely one of Rome’s most beautiful secrets.
F&F (Piazza dell’ Unità)
‘When in Rome’. This shop offers a beautiful selection of men’s and womenswear all made locally. You may leave your heart in Rome, but you’ll be able to bring back a beautiful scarf or tie to take home with you.
Your own little laneway, secret garden, or gelato bar
The final secret of Rome shall be one that every traveler has found, but one we cannot point you to. It is the secret that is uniquely yours. That little coffee shop, the beautiful terrace garden, maybe even the street where you spotted a super rare Ferrari! Rome is a special city because it leaves an impression on everyone; and every impression is leaves is unique. Be sure to seek out your own (and then be nice and share it with the world!)
Make sure the memories of your trip last forever
Its known a ‘picture is worth a thousand words’. From the preparation, to the travel, to the arrival and enjoyment of Rome; make sure all your plans and photos are made to last as long as the Roman monuments.
Capture what is so special about travel, about experiencing the world, and to celebrate all the fun and enjoyment you can easily build each day throughout all of life’s travels when Ambytion comes along for the ride.