Rome is a city with so many different faces. It can be both beautiful and ugly, decadent and stark, rough and refined… Things tend to go wrong in this chaotic place, and whether the issues are big or small, they can leave a bad taste in some traveler’s mouths. I’ve been lucky in my travels to Rome thus far: The weather has always been perfect, the crowds sparse, and I’ve managed to avoid any pick-pocketing or wandering around lost. With just a day to wander around before moving north for Christmas, I focused less on crossing tourist destinations off my list and more on soaking in the flavor around me. For this I was rewarded with a few magical hours, and several new layers to add to my understanding of this marvelous city. Rome is definitely a place where you need to embrace the Italian attitude of “Va Bene”… when things go wrong you just make it work, and the beauty is in the little details that you miss when you’re too goal oriented. With the sheer amount of attractions in Rome, you can drive yourself crazy trying to see them all. As an art historian, take my word for it… I tried to see everything on my first trip and I failed… it just cannot be done. This trip was punctuated by the crisp, cool air that kept our walk around the city refreshing. The pretty holiday lights and garlands hanging throughout the streets gave the whole city a festive glow. The gleaming white surface of the newly restored Trevi fountain, so pure and beautiful in contrast to my last trip’s experience. The bashful waiter at the pizza restaurant, who kept repeating strange American words and cocktails for lack of anything else to say… No, I do not want a Red bull and Vodka at 1pm, sir. Rome is a city with too many faces for just one visit… if only we could all just pop in from time to time.