Before heading to a new place, I always think that it’s important to familiarize yourself with landmarks, especially if you’re the type that gets lost easily (like myself). While getting lost and finding your way can be fun, if your vacation is only a few days, who wants to spend a majority of the time trying to figure out where you are. Sure, if you’re in a place for a few weeks, it’s not a problem, but when time is your enemy, and you have limited time to do the things you want to do, being a little prepared can make your trip more enjoyable.
Besides studying maps, a great way to learn about your destination is through photography. A few years ago, I stumbled across a web site called Panoramio, where I discovered this photographer. He takes some really fantastic shots of Rome and some of his photos can be found in Panoramio. I like how he captures the monuments, sites and places of Rome in such a way that it feels like you are almost there. Now he has a budding web site of his photography, so if you’ve been to Rome or are soon heading there, check out his site for some spectacular shots of the Eternal City.
(I also enjoy photography…check out my Flickr Photostream for more photos of Rome and Italy)