Rome in the summer is a buzzing city. During the day the city is hot and humid where heat from cobblestone streets and terracotta rooftops resonates onto your skin. It is a place of ruins and statues from ancient days of old. The roads, although less chaotic than Asia, is still hard to swallow as hoards of little cars and mopeds zig-zag the treacherous and narrow, lane-optional streets around town. The collection of original Renaissance art housed within the city are unmatched to any I’ve seen elsewhere in the world. Successful street vendors push not products, but services, like taking your photograph and printing it for you instantly or dressing up as a gladiator and posing with you in your photos – all catering towards deep pocketed tourist who visit the city during this time of the year. And the Romans, although beautiful people and have well intentions, are often too laid back for my very American personality (which by the way can be very maddening). From an outsider’s perspective, it is all very overwhelming here.
Yet, even with all this, there is a still a sense of calming peace in the air. Perhaps it is because of the spiritual sensation you feel here as there are many religious aspects to the city. My favorite of which are the angel statues that appear to watch over us. And after walking through this town, Ive seen no better place to view these angels than on the romantic Ponte Sant’Angelo foot bridge connecting Rome to the Castel Sant’Angelo.
Adjacent to the bridge – around the Castel Sant’Angelo’s perimeter – are haggle-worthy street vendors housed under white tents, and imbedded among them are some street food pusher whose open air cooking always makes me hungry. Foosball tables and table tennis are also in abundance. In the summers, concerts under the stars seems to happen often. All great additions next to a beautiful, romantic, and uplifting bridge full of angels. Its not incredibly busy here, and it certainly is beautiful and spiritually inspiring. On the bridge of Angels, Rome is no longer overwhelming.