From what I gathered, I prefer Rome on the outside. Its streets gave me so much history, so much life, so much of what I wanted to take home from this trip. But Rome is great in its interiors as well, as we can easily imagine. My Roman holiday also included visits to churches, monuments and museums and it is impossible to stop your jaw from dropping at such stunning interiors. I have collected some photos of the details that mostly impressed me and decided to compile them on this post to bring some inspiration to the lives of mere citizens like we are, meaning, not leaving under golden trimmed ceilings or casually scrolling amongst beautiful marble sculptures on the hall of our houses.
Most of these photos were taken inside places you don’t have to pay to go in – the pantheon, the churches or the Altar of Fatherland. You see, Rome doesn’t have to be expensive. You can have a wonderful experience on a budget and I’d definitely recommend starting with the budget options – especially because you might find the experience more enjoyable. Definitely less crowded and stressful than wasting your hard earning money on things like the Vatican museum, only to realise you won’t be able to be able to admire the works of art (read about my experience here).
While purposely getting lost in the Centro Storico I noticed this façade which seemed to represent the Portuguese insignia. I entered without consulting where I was getting myself in, just to find a wealthy gold interior, incredibly sumptuous. I was aghast, and you can imagine my surprise when I realised all the information across the hall was in both Italian and Portuguese. So I found out the church name was Sant’Antonio dei Portoghesi (meaning Saint Anthony of Portugal) and it was indeed dedicated to Saint Anthony of Lisbon. The church is for the portuguese community living on Rome which I found completely random and yet gave me a sense of how small the world can actually be.
So please do get lost on purpose like I so like to do. You never know what you may find. Finding a Portuguese church in Rome could have zero significance for anyone else, but for me it was really meaningful. Travelling is also about finding our own journeys, getting to know our own culture. We have all crossed paths somewhere in the past, and despite divisive borders, labelling races, cultures, religions, etc. at the bottom of everything we must remind ourselves we’re all humans.
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