It’s a question people are asking on social media. It turns out we think about it quite a lot. Here are some spots around Tampa Bay that will remind you of the ancient civilization, and help you carpe some diem. After all, there’s no place like Rome.
Roman around outdoors
The world’s longest sidewalk might bring the empire to mind. A stroll down South Rome Avenue from Hyde Park will take you to Bayshore Boulevard. Its white pillars would not have been out of place in Roman times. Sandals optional.
The Don CeSar — it’s a stretch, we know — offers day passes where guests can enjoy Gulf views from the hotel rooftop, pools, beach access, and food + drink. The Pink Palace is fit for an emperor, and any trustworthy friends.
Visiting the gods
The Romans fought against bears but they never came up against the scariest beasts of all — manatees. You can see them for free in Apollo Beach at the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center. It usually opens from November to April.
In St. Pete, you can dine at Bacchus Wine Bistro. The Roman god of wine might be disappointed to see French cuisine on the menu, but the selection of reds, whites and rosés would probably change his mind.
The Saunders Planetarium at the Museum of Science & Industry will take you to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus. Pluto is there too, even if he’s only a demi-god now.
Gladiators live on
The Buccaneers already beat some Bears in this season’s fight. Are you not entertained?
Let us know if we missed any Roman-minded gems.