Dancing in the Forum

Dancing in the Forum

If you haven’t read my last post about my Italian pasta class and visiting the Roman Coliseum, check it out!

Our guide led us down several ancient stone steps into a patch of grass that glowed in the bright Italian summer sun. All around us were ruins in various states of completeness at the Roman Forum. Some stones barely stuck out above the grass line while others almost resembled buildings. As we walked around, the guide pointed out where old buildings used to stand and their importance to Rome’s history and culture. The 10th grade online Latin classes were finally paying off. 

Big door

A Great Accident at the Roman Forum

Forum ruins

He told us that earth had covered the ruins for centuries right where we were standing. Nobody knew for centuries that they had been walking right on top of one of the most treasured historical sites the world knows to this day. Someone discovered the ruins during some kind of routine construction project, if I’m remembering correctly. 

Roman Art

After listening to the guide’s explanation of the Forum, and feeling quite insignificant in the timeline of human history, we began exploring on our own. Dounia and I decided to check out a nearby site that was on the river: Castel Sant’Angelo. This mausoleum/citadel was one of the coolest places we visited during the entire trip. The entrance rests at the base of the giant cylinder, with the guided path slowly taking visitors up the steps to the citadel’s gorgeous view of Rome. The stunning history and ancient walls make this an unforgettable stop, with tales of dungeons, battles, and crazy Roman tales.

Rome Castel SantAngelo

battles around the forum


Gelato and People-Watching in Rome

After we finished touring the citadel, we ran into some members of our group. We decided to walk along the shade in a quieter section, certainly appreciating the slowdown from our busy itinerary. I picked up some cute Rome-themed magnets from a local vendor before we grabbed some gelato. Grabbing a spot along the wall that rested above the river, we spent the afternoon people-watching until it was time to go back to the hotel. That night was opera night. 


Putting on the best thing I packed for the whole trip, the whole group met in the lobby. After a short bus ride, we finally arrived at an elegant-looking restaurant. The host escorted us to a table with a great view of the stage. One of the performers even invited me up in front of the whole audience to dance as one of his co-performers sang. It was such a fun night filled with friends, laughter, and song. 

Join me next time as I talk about our trip to the Vatican!

Cassidy Kearney at the Forum

by Cassidy Kearney


15 thoughts on “Dancing in the Forum

  1. It’s been many years since I visited Rome, sounds like you saw all the good stuff. I’m sure the Vatican blew you away.

  2. Oh, how I would love to visit Rome. Your photos are beautiful. It’s definitely a trip worth taking.

  3. I would love to see Rome one day. We’ve been to Europe a few times, but we’ve never gone to Rome. That seems like it was a mistake. Rome is beautiful.

  4. Rome is such a gorgeous city! I love the architecture. I want to go there so bad. I hope one day I can get a trip together.

  5. i spent my trip to roma struggling w/ food poisoning. so sadly never made it to the forum. but that surely sounds amazing. i would love to go back to see the forum. thanks for the tip.

  6. Also think that I am Italian I had to go to discover Rome because it was unknown to me, in the sense that I had never had a holiday there and I was amazed and in love like you.

  7. Wow! Rome has long been on my bucket list. Ever since my dad would make us watch his old slides of Rome, haha. Beautiful photos you took!

  8. Never been to this place and had never heard about it before either. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Looks amazing!

  9. This trip is a DREAM for me. Crossing my fingers for a trip as a student or maybe for my honeymoon haha

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