The Random Rome I Love – Friday Night Fountains.
It’s no secret that Rome has a LOT of fountains. Making time to view some of the fountains is pretty much a prerequisite for any itinerary in Rome. I had plans to visit the Trevi fountain during our brief 48 hours in Rome but given the fact that I am the ultimate travel planner (not) we didn’t make it to any of the famous fountains that Rome had to offer. Which is fine with me because the one random fountain we stumbled upon was the one that made me fall a little more in love with Rome.
This fountain wasn’t famous, it wasn’t full of tourists snapping photos, it wasn’t full of amazing sculptures. Heck I’m not even sure there was water in it but it didn’t matter because it was perfect. The random thing I love about Rome isn’t that fact that they have a lot of fountains it’s what happens at the fountains. In the evening the people gather. They drink wine, eat ice cream cones, flirt, socialize, kiss and have fun with their friends & family. It’s fantastic! Instead of retreating to dark, lonely bars the fountains become the happening scene. They give people a place to go and hang out. The fountains become, if you will, an anchor of fun.
I didn’t know that after dark the fountains of Rome became gathering spots for it’s citizens but it was really fun stumbling into it. Honestly at first we wondered why people were just standing around hanging out – we thought maybe there was an event happening. Then after we stood around and hung out ourselves for a bit we realized nothing special was taking place – it was just a regular Friday night out on the streets of Rome. It just so happens that here people hang out at fountains at night, drinking & laughing. Which is a pretty special thing on it’s own if you ask me.
It was fun, mellow and something that should be a staple in any city. Cops didn’t care & people didn’t act up. Everyone just had fun enjoying a beautiful Roman evening with their friends. American cities – you could really learn a thing or two from Rome. It made me wonder why this type of activity is so frowned upon in the U.S. Looking back – the evening left me with very fond memories of our travels in Italy and has left me lusting for a return trip to Rome.
If you’re going to Rome be sure to find a fountain to hang out at after dark. Just remember it’s BYOB.
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