The best Rome quotes that will make you want to go right now

by marta

My carefully curated selection of the best Rome quotes and inspirational travel quotes to ignite your wanderlust and get to book your trip to Rome right now. Quotes about Rome you’ll love.

Rome elicits strong feelings.

A little bit like Manzoni’s Napoleon, it stirs in the visitor ‘inestinguibil odio e indomato amor’ (unquenchable hatred and untamed love) and never allow you to just ignore it, or keep going about your day without paying to her some sort of attentions.

Over the course of the centuries, these strong feelings have been expressed sometime majestically by writers, artists and visitors from all walks of life.

Today, I share some of the most poetic and beautifully written and some that seem to capture better than other that crazy stunning and infuriating place that is Rome

The best quotes about Romes from the past

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of Marble – Augustus, Roman Emperor

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning – Giotto, painter

A fool is one who admires other cities without visiting Rome – Francesco Petrarca, poet 

To Rome, for everything – Cervantes, writer

Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life… Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

In the evening we came upon the Coliseum, when it was already twilight. When one looks at it, all else seems little. The edifice is so vast, that one cannot hold the image of it in one’s soul: in memory we think it smaller, and then return to it again to find it every time greater than before – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

Oh Rome! my country! city of the soul!” -Lord Byron, Poet

How is it possible to say an unkind or reverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world!” Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist

Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.” – George Eliot, novelist

From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.” – Mark Twain, writer

She had always been fond of history, and here [in Rome] was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.”  Henry James, writer

Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her – J.K Chesterton, writer

Tip for visitors: if you want to get sense of the variety of feelings Rome can elicit, follow our one day in Rome itinerary that leads your from grand, ancient Rome to small alleys, cobbled street charm rome

Modern quotes about Rome

Rome is not like any other city. It’s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one’s toes.– Alberto Sordi, Italian actor

In ‘Roma,’ I wanted to get across the idea that underneath Rome today is ancient Rome. So close. I am always conscious of that, and it thrills me. Imagine being in a traffic jam at the Coliseum! Rome is the most wonderful movie set in the world… As was the case with many of my film ideas, it was inspired by a dream” -Federico Fellini, Italian Film Director

Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.” Anatole Broyard, writer

I like things that are kind of eclectic, when one thing doesn’t go with another. That’s why I love Rome. The town itself is that way. It’s where Fascist architecture meets classic Renaissance, where the ancient bangs up against the contemporary. It has a touch of everything – Giambattista Valli, designer

More quotes on Rome and travel quotes that will make you want to pack your bags right now

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind – Anthony Bourdain

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore – Andre Gide

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain – Jack Kerouac

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover― Mark Twain

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself – Wallace Stevens

And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later – Randy Komisar

If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It’s Lethal.” – Paul Coelho

There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?”, Oh but my darling, What if you fly?”  – Erin Hanson

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