Come, close your eyes, close your eyes and hear the mythical and deadly quarrel of Romulus and Remus. Close your eyes and now imagine an empire under the rule of Romulus, victor and first king of Rome. Close your eyes and hear the ancient Romans conquer, build, and expand a Republic full of emperors speaking a Latin intermingled with a vulgar tongue. Close your eyes and see this empire eventually collapsing under its own weight as Attila and his brutal Huns shake its very foundation.
Now open your eyes and see this empire’s ruins, see amongst the ruins the modernity that surrounds it and the contributions of giants and geniuses. Open your eyes and see Michelangelo, DaVinci, Raffaello, Bernini, Caravaggio and the woman amongst men, Artemisia Gentileschi adorning its streets, fountains, and churches. Open your eyes now and hear the music of Ennio Morricone, the War speech of Mussolini and with one eye open see his square colosseum, open both eyes and see Rossellini, Fellini, Leone and others create film genre in the studios of Cinecitta’.
Keep your eyes and ears open and see, hear the clash of gladiators mixed with Vespas and Fiats swerving around tourists and Romans of today feverishly swinging their hands and saying, “Sticazzi! Nnamo a magna.” Forget this (also means, fuck it), let’s go eat Carciofi (artichokes) alla guidia, Saltimbocca, Suppli’, and Spaghetti Carbonara, Bucatini all'Amatriciana or let's keep it simple with Cacio e Pepe and drink some Frascati. When in Rome close your eyes and imagine its history and then open them and see it as you stroll through its ancient roads. When in Rome close your eyes and hear the ancients speak, open them and see today’s voices vibrating off a backdrop of ancient ruins, Renaissance churches, Baroque art, architecture, and Neoclassicists living in parallel with Modern, Post-Modern, and the iPhone.
Venite, come along on the drive to Palermo’s airport and take a plane ride from Palermo, Sicily to the Eternal City. The visit will be brief, maybe 10 minutes or so, quick and a bit chaotic like the city streets. The visit will only highlight some of Rome's magnificent sights and hopefully inspire you to visit or re-visit Caput Mundi, the Capital of the World.