It’s déjà vu, all over again….

But so it goes in 2020. Here in Rome, we have a lockdown lite.

Perhaps not that ‘lite’, however, to businesses trying to get back on their feet after our long lockdown. Currently in Rome, restaurants and bars must shutter up at 6 pm. Supemarkets, pharmacies and some shops can continue to operate until later. City-wide curfew begins at 10 pm.

Since I’m in the office now a few days a week, I am often walking home through a deserted home at 7 pm or 8 pm.

My walk takes me by many of Rome’s most iconic monuments.

Rome, Italy/ Kimberly Sullivan

The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus.

Usually, these monuments are flooded with tourists. But now, they are closed due to Corona virus restrictions. And nighttime curfews mean I have these monuments pretty much to myself – unless you count the police patrols guarding the area.

Rome, Italy / Kimberly Sullivan

While I can’t complain having the beauty of these ancient monuments all to myself, I’m hoping that soon these spectacular, ancient monuments once again have the audience they deserve.

We’re all anxious to start traveling again. And the Eternal City certainly deserves its fair share of attention by adoring crowds. After all, they’ve been used to millennia of acolytes.

For now, I’ll do my part….

Rome, Italy / Kimberly Sullivan