Rome is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and it is very easy to see why. It is known as The Eternal city and is not only the capital but is the biggest city in Italy. It is so full of history and culture that there is something suited to all ages. With a history that spans over two and half thousand years, the world has watched Rome transform from a small Latin village to the centre of a vast empire, through the founding of Catholicism, and into the capital of Italy today.
Rome has many contrasts both architecturally and culturally. You will find areas with grand majestic palaces, avenues and basilicas, to then discover which are then surrounded by tiny alleyways, little churches and old houses. The centre of Rome is mainly ancient, and modern buildings are usually located in the suburbs. Unlike Milan where new and old architecture is combined both in the centre and the outskirts, in Rome may often find yourself walking from a grand building and tree-lined elegant boulevard, into a small and cramped Medieval-like street.
There are so many famous landmarks in Rome that there will always be somewhere to visit and plenty to see and do. For those interesting in ancient history the Colesseum is a must see, as well as the ancient ruins of Rome found in the Roman Forum. Another great place to pay a visit to is the Fontana di Trevi, or otherwise known as the Trevi fountain. It is a beautiful Baroque masterpeice and is famous world wide. It is said that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. One of the most visited places in Rome is Vatican City, which is a country itself and where the Pope resides – it receives a massive five million visits per year, sometimes 25000 people a day. It is definately a place worth seeing!
One of the many things Italians are famous for is the amazing food they serve, and in Rome there is never a shortage of wonderful places to eat and drink and sample the delicious Italian cuisine.
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