Rome

Now you are on a land with thousand years of history. Do you wish to know know more about this ancient  city?

Rome, capital of Italy and home to the Vatican, is redolent with 3,000 years of  history and packed with monuments, meseums, galleries and churches, making it a treasure house of are, architecture adn culture. At the same time it’s also a thriving city with some of Italy’s best shopping, dinning and entertainment choices. It’s this combination, and Rome’s sheer physical beauty, taht make it a truly compelling destination.

The city stands on the River Tiber midway between the north and south of the country. Famously built across seven hills, its buildings span the centuries from the days of classical Rometo the 21st century. The area east of the Tiber is roughly bissected by the Via del Corso, which arrows throuh from the grandiose Piazza del Popolo to the Piazza Venezia, a spacious square dominated by the vast ‘wedding cake’ of the Vicor Emmanuel Monument.

South from here is the Forum, the Colosseum, the triumphal arches and the ruins of the ancient buildings that formed the heart of classical Rome. Between the corso and the river is the centro storico, the medieval core, and appealing mix of narrow medieval streets, Renaissance palaces and fine square and fountains. East of the Corso, there are more historic buildings adn some of the city’s oldest and most venerable churches, while to the north the beautiful Villa Borghese gardens are a hill- top oasis of green containing some Rome’s bext museums.

 

West across the Tiber lies the Vatican, the Pope’s separate city state, with its huge St. Peter,s Balica and the fabulous Vatican Museums, and the artisan neighbourhood of Trastevere, now more noted for its nightlife and restaurants. There are shopping areas throughout the city, the classiest being clustered around the Piazza di Spagna, a beatiful square backed by the famous Spanish steps, and Rome is also home to some of the country’s best markets.

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