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Rome Travel Information

Full of culture and history dating back 2,000 years, Overflowing with ancient monuments, Narrow winding streets and majestic piazzas. Italy’s capital is made for sightseeing.

Big and ever lively, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied for days in Rome. It’s full to the brim with bustling shops, tasteful boutiques, cafes and bars. If you love good food there are endless trattorias and smart restaurants serving some of Italy’s finest dishes, and when dusk falls, the place comes alive, as the Italian’s love of life and late nights comes to the fore. If this isn’t enough for you, Tivoli, with its gardens and villas, Naples and Pompeii are all excursions within easy reach.

Everybody knows Rome, the pull of the Eternal City is great and irresistible, the capital of the Christian world, the seat of the Papacy, the incomparable home of architectural and artistic masterpieces of the ancient world. So most of you will arrive with strong images in your mind, this is perhaps the key to the charm of a city. If your stay in Rome is only brief, here are some tips on how to spend your time. Start with St. Peter’s Square. You’ll be astonished by its size. Then gaze in awe at the breathtaking beauty of the massive interior of St. Peter’s, the largest church in the world. A lift, then some fairly exhausting steps, take you up into the dome – but the views are well worth the effort. On to the Vatican. Numerous and timeless works of art are on display in the Vatican Museums, which preserve the work of the most illustrious artists of all times.

In the Sistine Chapel your neck will ache as you feast your eyes on Michelangelo’s incredible painted ceiling, so painstakingly restored.

Other images firmly in your mind are bound to be the Pantheon, an impressive example of the exquisite architectural technique of ancient Rome, and the Colosseum, built by the emperors of the Flavian dynasty between 72-80 A.D. The Colosseum once held more than 70,000 spectators who cheered with excitement at the fights between gladiators. Next there’s the Spanish Steps where you can join fellow tourists and office-workers alike, sitting in the sun watching the world pass by. A few streets away the famous Trevi fountain spouts water from its gargoyles into the basin below.

It’s quite easy to find your way around Rome as the well-known sights and monuments are signposted and you can reach most of them on foot. If you have the time, take a sightseeing bus to get your bearings.