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From Madeira To Rome


I visited Rome for the first time this week. I am writing to you from my hotel hall after an intense week of discovery. It’s hot, but the air inside the thick wall, old  building, is fresh. The sun rays come through the window and below the streets are an invitation to a long walk.

Rome, the eternal city? Cliché or truth?

I came to Rome with many preconceived ideas. Friends said Rome was either beautiful, romantic, charming or tiring, a city of crowds, with endless queues to see the monuments. Then the movies told me otherwise, Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love”,  Dolce Vita, the city in black and white, looked so stylish…I found out the movie “Three Coins in the Fountain” featured the legend: “He who threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, would return to Rome one day.  (The coin must be thrown with the right hand over the left shoulder or is the other way around?) I didn’t threw the coin, the fountain was under reconstruction and there was no water inside…plus the cues were huge! Beautiful though….Today, it is estimated that about 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day! I was told that this money is used to feed the poor, but many try to steel it.

Did I visit many Monuments? Rome is a monument in itself, a big one, where every corner and alley has a little story to live and to tell. In fact there’s 2500 years of history, Rome is not a destination to be seen in a day or in a week, because there is always something left.

Then there’s the style, the fashion, the Italian accent “che bello” and the “Vespas”. The calendars of the Vatican priests (lovely idea!), hats and sun glasses that everyone insist on using and are on sale at every corner.

About food? … Mama Mia. Just a walk around the market, Campo di Fiori, to taste a thousand flavours of Italy, from the Parmigiano cheese with craft beers, olives of Calabria, the Prosciutto, the Limoncello, the Prosecco, the Supli, the pasta and pizza al taglio, and of course Gelato, yes, with endless queues at the door, but worth it.

If I liked Rome?...Italy is for me one of my favourite countries so far in Europe. The history, the climate, the food, the people and the lifestyle, la dolce vita.

Surprisingly or not, Italians are one of the people with less incidence of cancer, how to explain?(This was the response of an Italian guide and the secret to living happily 🙂 “In the morning a coffee and a cornetto (croissant with chocolate produces endorphins), then walk a lot on foot or by bicycle (exercise) for lunch one “ensalatona”, then snack an ice cream (lots of Calcium) and drink plenty of water from the fountains. In the evening get together, talk  loud in the streets, drink wine, eat pasta, pizza or caponata, laugh and shout a lot because the worse stress is the repressed one, “Va benne?”


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This blog talks about the island where I was born and live - Madeira, and my endless journey to discover the world until (one day, who knows) I get to visit Mars.


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