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Rome, the eternal city, the largest city of Italy, the famed city of the ancient Roman Empire, the millennia long centre of power, the cradle for one of the greatest civilizations in the world. Rome has been known by many names over the years and has been famous as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Its historical city centre is an extremely famous World Heritage Site and it is also home to the great Vatican City.
According to legends, the city of Rome was founded by two twins – Remus and Romulu along the banks of the River Tiber. The city has always adjusted itself according to the era and as a result, it is known to have various facets in its character. The beautiful ruins of one of the most majestic cities of the ancient world, the countless churches of the Vatican City, the beautiful display of architecture and exotic paintings, the glorious works of Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael and Borromini and the modern day metropolis along with its upscale boutiques, cafes, chic restaurants and busy bars; all combine to make Rome seem edgy yet polite, romantic and yet gaudy, characterless but still spellbinding. The secret behind Rome’s eternal beauty is the fact that it is proud of and it cherishes all its eras and displays them with a grandiose like no other.
The best way to explore the city of Rome is on foot. Yes, the public transportation system might eventually get you close to your ultimate destination, but you would end up missing out on all that Rome has to offer. The true beauty of the city lies in its old world alleys, beautiful piazzas, breathtaking architecture, exquisite fountains and picturesque neighbourhoods, and these things are always best explored on foot. The fact that Rome is quite compact also helps matters.
People from all over the world have their own reasons for visiting the eternal city. Some are known to visit Rome for its artistic elegance, some are known to visit for its historic enlightenment, some for its splendid architectural beauty and some for its exotic cuisines. There are yet others who visit Rome to visit the great Vatican City. Irrespective of why one visits the city, they can be rest assured of experiencing a variety of experiences – all Italian in their nature and quite distinct from each other.
What makes Rome so loveable is that it has successfully managed to combine its various generations and the way it embraces its past as well as its present. Where else would you see a chic designer bar occupying a 15th century plaza without ruining the old world architecture or giving up on its modern luxuries and looks.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Capitoline Hill
|What is it? Capitoline Hill was the original capitol of
the ancient city and continues to serve as the seat of the city's
government. The main feature of the area is Michelangelo's Piazza
del Campidoglio, a testimony to the superiority of Renaissance town
planning. The piazza is bordered by three palaces: the Palazzo dei
Conservatori and the twin structures of the Palazzo dei Senatori
and Palazzo Nuovo which house the Musei Capitolini, containing the
largest collection of classical statues in the world. Among the
notable statues found here are the Dying Gaul and the Satyr, the
Capitoline Wolf with Romulus and Remus and the Spinario. Paths cut
along the side of the hill from the Campidoglio giving way to
panoramic views of the ancient sites of the Forum and
Hours of Operation: Museums open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to
|2. Roman Forum (Foro Romano)
Via dei Fori Imperiali
|What is it? The site of ancient Rome's commercial,
political and religious centre retires in the valley between the
Capitoline and Palatine hills. The Forum's main thoroughfare, Via
Sacra, slices through the old market square and former civic
centre. To make sense of the ruins and relics of the old Republic
it is helpful to consult a map of the area. Some of the best
preserved and most notable monuments include the impressive Arch of
Septimus Severus - a construction designed to
celebrate Roman victory over the Parthinians - and the former
atrium of the House of the Vestal Virgins and Temple of Vesta. Also
of note are the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, and the Arch of
Titus, built to celebrate Titus' destruction of Jerusalem in AD70.
To the right of the arch are stairs snaking up the Palatine hill
through a series of terraces to the Farnese gardens. The scented
avenue festooned with roses and orange trees gives way to a vista
over the Forum.
Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 7.30pm (April to September) and 9am to
4.30pm (October to March)
Phone:(06) 3996 7700
|3. The Colosseum
Piazza del Colosseo
|What is it? This enduring symbol of ancient Rome
tenaciously clings to its foundations as the site of former
gladiatorial conquests. Its architecture boasts an impressive array
of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns and an underground network
of cells, corridors, ramps and elevators that were used to
transport animals from their cages to the arena. The magnificence
of the original structure has been eroded through the years of
pillaging and earthquakes so that only a skeletal framework
Hours of Operation: 8.30am to 7.30pm (April to August), 8.30am to 7pm
(September), 8.30am to 6.30pm (October), 8.30am to 4.30pm (November
to 15 February), 8.30am to 5pm (16 February to 15 March), 8.30am to
5.30pm (16 March to end March)
Phone:(06) 700 4261
holidays - Top Events
|1. Notte Bianca (White Night)
|What is it? During the Notte Bianca the city stays open
all night and invites locals and visitors to get to know Rome at
different hours and from a different perspective. The occasion
offers a unique opportunity to choose from a wide variety of
events, from art and theatre, to cinema, music, dance and sport,
and the involvement of craftsmen, shopkeepers and restaurants
ensures that there is plenty to keep one in a festive mood until
Where is it?
|2. RomaEuropa Festival
|What is it? RomaEuropa is an annual, international
cultural event that features performances and concerts of theatre,
dance and music. Although the focus is on classical music, the
festival is famous for its diversity of musical styles and
Where is it?