On August 19th, I went on a late summer package tour to Italy for eight days. After 13 hours of flights, I finally arrived in Venice. I have been to many places over those eight days, and now I would like to share my three best places with you.
First, there was Pompeii. Pompeii was a hidden city after its collapse due to a big volcano exploding at Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii has been excavated since 1861, when Italy was united, and it is still ongoing. Pompeii was bigger than I thought, and it was still covered with some ash, so it was very dusty. It was a very big city with many shops and even a public bathhouse. They were so elaborate and scientific things that I couldn’t believe it had been made 2000 years ago.
Secondly, there was Rome, which was my favorite. I always thought of Rome as a highlight of an Italy tour, so I was very excited. My first destination was the Pantheon. The Pantheon was built for all gods in Rome since it means “temple for all gods” in Greek. Its appearance seems pretty old, but the interior was very sophisticated and preserved in perfect shape. There are also the tombs of famous artists, Raphael and Karachi. Next, I went to the Trevi Fountain, which is famous for Audrey Hepburn eating gelato in the movie Holiday in Rome. However, the place where Audrey Hepburn ate gelato is forbidden now. Also, there is a legend that if you throw a coin in the fountain, you will come back to Rome. It was hard to go through the crowds to see the fountain more closely. However, I threw the coin and succeeded. My next destination was another hot place famous from the movie Holiday in Rome, Piazza di Spagna, or the Spanish Steps. Every building and street in Rome is pretty because they didn’t destroy old buildings to make them new. Instead, they chose to preserve antique architecture well. My final destination in Rome was the Colosseum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. When the Colosseum was first built, it was used as a stadium for bloody gladiator matches, but it was used as a church in the middle ages. Even though the Colosseum isn’t maintaining itself, I was still amazed with this elaborate and scientific architecture.
Finally, there was the Leaning Tower of Pisa, another one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is a bell tower attached to the Pisa Cathedral, but it is more famous than the main Cathedral. Like many of you know, it is a leaning tower which doesn’t fall. This tower was originally planned to be built straight, but when the constructors were building the tower in 1173, the ground wasn’t flat, so it started to lean. People are continuously repairing this tower for it not to fall, since it is an important traveling resource of Pisa.
These are my three best memories in Italy. I was impressed with ancient Romans’ scientific ability and elaborate buildings. Also, I am still surprised that many buildings in Italy were preserved since the Roman era. Eight days of tour made my body exhausted, but my eyes and my mind didn’t rest a second. If I have a chance to go to Italy again, I would like to stay longer and look around more slowly.