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Also known as the Eternal City, Rome sits at the heart of the Italian peninsula on the river Tiber. It was the centre of the Roman Empire and today it is the capital of Italy. The independent Vatican City is located with Rome. This extraordinary city is the centre of politics, economy, and religion.
Rome is home to three million people, the most-populous city of Italy and the third-populous of the European Union.
There are not many cities that can look back to such an eventful history. Founded in 753 B.C. allegedly by Romulus on the hills of Rome, centre of the Roman Empire, centre of the catholic Church, under the rule of the pope until 1870.
History around every corner: discover the remains of ancient Rome on a stroll through the small alleys. At St. Peter’s Square looking at St. Peter’s Cathedral you feel the impressive history of the Catholic Church. But there are also many young and hip quarters to visit boasting with bars , clubs, and restaurant. Highlight: genuine Spaghetti al Pomodoro!
Big advantage: the historic centre can easily be explored on foot or by hop-on-hop-off bus.
Rome is one of most historically-packed cities in the world, filled with monuments, museums, squares and, and, but make time for idling in cafes, getting lost in narrow cobbled streets, and whiling away hours at local trattorie.
Tip: get tickets and book tours in advance.
There are many more sights but do not miss:
Castel Sant`Angelo, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Galleria & Villa Borghese, Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Popolo, Forum Romanum and Platin and, and, and.
Tip: daytrip to Ostia Antica (excavation).
Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters. Average temperature in July is 30°C. December sees most of the precipitation.
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