+ROME @ Night+ An Old City in a New Light

**Not wanting to give up on an entire city, I was determined to see it in a new light... and found myself walking the streets under the light of lonely lamp posts and a 4:00am moon**

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The problem with touristy locations is that sometimes you need to see them because there’s no other place like them, but most of the time you can’t actually experience them through the flood of tourists blocking your view with their IPhones and ruining the magic. 

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We spent our last day in Italy and made a mad dash to see all the sights before our flight. Our route was ambitious: Spanish steps—>Trevi fountain—>Pantheon—>Alter of the Fatherland—>Roman Forum—>Colosseum. It was a counter clock wise loop that we had to complete before the sun went down on our last day in Italy and before our feet fell off.

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What we saw was certainly impressive, but also a little disappointing. You find yourself walking through streets that are thousands of years old and while you try to imagine all the history that has happened in that very spot; your focus is lost by a massive billboard of Mariah Carey or the bright pint light of a Victoria’s Secret flooding into a street that should only be seen in Black and White.

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Not wanting to give up on an entire city, I was determined to see it in a new light... and found myself walking the streets under the light of lonely lamp posts and a 4:00am moon.

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My good friend @Davidwoodlee and I pulled an all nighter with the help of Shrek 2, Alice in Wonderland, and snack sized popcorn. We hit town and headed straight for the Spanish Steps. Wow.. without a 1000 people on them these stairs look like a whole different case. The smooth marble beautifully reflected the moon they seemed to be climbing toward. But the sound of water crashing in the distance beckoned us toward the Trevi fountain.

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We walked up beneath the stone visage of Poseidon’s son Triton taming the waters and reining in wild Hippocamps to pull his chariot. Standing there listening to that water and letting that moment wash over us was one of my favorite memories of the trip. Plus, being dog tired on the plane helped switch me back to the right time zone without as much jet lag:)

Logan DeLaCastro