If you’ve spent a considerable amount of time learning Italian history and culture… sure. Go ahead and go to the Colosseum. Take pictures in front of it, go inside. But be aware you’re not actually experiencing Rome. You’re experiencing the Tourist Land of Tourist Things. It’s not authentic or real UNTIL you stop a stranger. Someone who doesn’t look like a tourist at all and ask, “Where is your favorite place in this city?” and “How do I get there?”.
Post by Debbie Mosley (CLAS ’17)
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