Lets go through a list of things that are normally used to help in ones navigation through a city or town:
An inherent understanding of how an ancient city is laid out
This just to name a few. I’m sure there are some others that I am forgetting but I think you get the point.
On Sunday, six of us went into Rome. When we arrived into the city, three of the people made their way to St. Peters for Mass while the other three of us decided to explore a little.
As part of the exploratory group, we made the decision to try to find the Colosseum. You need to know a little bit of information before I continue. One of the difficult things about the transportation system in Rome is the metro does not run in many different directions because of the old buildings and such underneath the city you see today. Not only that, the city is not laid out on a nice square/rectangular grid like many of the modern cities of today. Also, there are rarely any signs designating which street is which. So if the metro does not run relatively close to your famous location of choice, you have to calculate precisely beforehand how to get there or you will get completely lost.
As you now know, the city is not on a nice and neat grid. So heading south on a street does not mean that the street will always be going south. Literally, after only a few blocks, we were headed in the wrong direction, due west(remember, going due south was imperative, not due west). But thanks to the astute eyes of Tim and Steve, we found landmarks along our misguided hike to help lead us down the correct path. While journeying west, we noticed the St. Maria Maggorie church far, far away in the distance. Also, we came to a clearing where we could see the front of St. Peters near the palace.
The internet is way too slow to post pictures on the blog. So if you would like, click here to see the very few pics I have taken so far.