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Rome

Three thousand years of human history are contained in Rome, from a city in legend that was started by Romulus through to today.

Recent archaeological discoveries in Rome include the cave of Lupercale, where legend had it Romulus and his brother Remus were raised by a she-wolf.

They have also found the remains of a royal palace that existed around the time of King Romulus’ legendary foundation of the city, April 21, 753 B.C.

Rome extended into an empire that lasted longer than any other, before or since and created a profound effect on European history.

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Places to Visit

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican attracts visitors from all over the world, not just Catholics. There are also some of the most magnificent museums of the world here, including the Gregorian Egyptian Museum and the Sistine Chapel, recently restored.

Trevi Fountain

Toss a coin in the fountain if you want to visit Rome again, so the legend tells us. It is an amazing sight to all those that visit, especially at night.

Pantheon

This early church is remarkable not only for its age but its design. Originally built by the Romans as a temple to the all the Roman gods, its rotunda is to this day the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

Spanish Steps

The Baroque design Spanish Steps are a favourite city meeting place for the locals. Connecting the Piazza di Spagna at the bottom and Piazza Trinità dei Monti at the top, it is reportedly the widest staircase in the whole of Europe. At the top is the Trinità dei Monti church, a late Renaissance building now still being cared for by the French State.

The Colosseum

Built as the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire, it is one of the most significant sites in Rome. Gladiatorial fights were still being held here in the fifth century.

Borghese Gallery

Begun in the Renaissance by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the collections on display at this art gallery (Also known as “Vila Borghese”) are some of the most impressive found in Europe today. Famous works include Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculptures and paintings from Caravaggio, Rubens and Correggio.

Shopping in Rome

Rome has everything a shopper would want, great clothes, shoes, bags, fashion and accessories are amongst the best in the world. Buying a Ferrari or Lamborghini while here would be nice too.

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Piazza Venezia - Monument built to the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II and the country’s Unification.
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