Summer Study Abroad Series: A Tour of Rome

Blog by: Derrick Bennett

Today was an interesting day which involved both the exploration of some of the most popular tourist attractions and a city filled with a distinct business districts. Similar to other major tourist places in Italy, Rome offers a broad range of activities and business districts. From the ancient ruins of Rome, to the Vatican, and shopping, Rome offers tourists an action packed visit. Although we are only in Rome for about two days, the city has enough to offer to last a week.

The ancient remains Rome are breathtaking. The saying, ‘pictures fail to provide justice to reality,’ is significantly validated in Rome. The Colleseum, which surprisingly was not originally named the Colleseum, displayed the various forms of entertainment, architecture, and hierarchical status in the early Roman society. The formation and division of the Colleseum is even evident in today’s societal structure. Wealthy individuals generally sat closer to the entertainment while lower income individuals generally sat farther away. For students with an interest in Greek mythology, this is also a great place to study. Students can spend an entire semester in Rome learning mythological stories. As expected, I also noticed a difference between the food, particularly the pizza. The northern and southern parts of Italy are generally different in many social aspects. In my opinion, the pizza was tastier in the northern part of Italy. I also had the pleasure of trying an Italian lobster dish. Let’s just say it was amazing.

The complexity of the Roman business district warrants extensive research.  The large amount of wealth and power within the Vatican tremendously affects the business districts. Ancient Roman remains attract tourists, but the religious sector has a vast influence on tourists as well. The districts are characterized by mini street shops and local artists. Although the shops are somewhat attractive to tourist, the similarity in goods and services creates a market that is closely classified as perfectly competitive. Producers have very little control over the price of goods.

One final aspect which I would like to mention is the importance of history. Seeing the ruins of Ancient Rome created a sense of gratefulness for both the current history and the history currently being created. Aspects of Ancient Rome which were destroyed during wars and other catastrophic events will cause one to realize the importance of preserving history. The history of every country affects the entire global community in some fashion. We should all work to not only learn, but understand and preserve history.

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