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The Eternal City

Centre of the ancient world for 500 years, home of the Catholic Church for almost two millennia and now the capital of modern Italy, Rome has forgotten more history then most other cities can remember. Its bustling streets and graceful piazzas have been embellished with the treasures of Roman emperors, Renaissance popes and some of the greatest artists the world has known. A lifetime would not be long enough to do Rome justice.

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Top Highlights in Rome

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Image from Campo de' Fiori
Attraction
4.0
The biggest piazza in the 'centro storico'
Image from Circus Maximus
Attraction
4.0
Favoured by 'alternative' youth on summer evenings
Art Gallery
5.0
A cardinal's heavenly art collection
Palatine Hill
Attraction
4.0
Once the neighborhood of Roman emperors and the city's elite
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
Museum
4.9
An art gallery and museum of ancient Roman history
Image from Pantheon
Attraction
5.0
The city's greatest Roman temple
Image from Roman forum
Attraction
4.0
The heart of the Roman Empire
St Peter's
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5.0
Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano
The Colosseum (Colosseo)
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4.0
Roman's greatest architectural legacy
Trevi Fountain
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5.0
Rome's fabulously romantic Trevi Fountain
Museum
5.0
A holy gallery of earthly treasures
Rowboats on the pond at Villa Borghese Gardens »
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4.0
Home of great attractions, romantic walkways and botanical gardens.
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Neighborhoods in Rome

AventinoBarberiniColosseumEsquilinoNomentanoOld RomeThe VaticanTrastevereVilla Borghese

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Aventino

Rome, off-the-beaten-path
The Baths of Caracalla
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Aventino is a less touristy area of Rome, nevertheless there are many historic landmarks here. You can visit the Baths of Caracalla built between A.D. 212 and 216 and used by the romans until the 6th century, or the Pyramid of Cestius built in 12 B.C. - the tomb of Gaius Cestius, a powerful magistrate of ancient Rome. Discover some of the most authentic Roman flavors at Testaccio Market – find your favorite delicacies, then go picnic at one of the parks overlooking the Tiber river. And just for fun, try the Roman lie detector, - the Bocca della Verità in Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

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Barberini

A taste of La Dolce Vita
Piazza Barberini
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A short walk from the Spanish steps this area of Rome is layered thick with history. Centuries of successive generations have plundered or adapted the palaces, temples and townhouses of their forefathers, creating the swirling mix of living history that is such a distinctive aspect of modern Rome. A fine example of this is the Piazza Barberini, named after Palazzo Barberini, with Bernini’s masterpiece, Fontana del Tritone, at the center of the square. From here you can stroll up Via Veneto, one of the most famous and luxurious streets in Rome and background to the famous movie by Fellini La Dolce Vita.

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Colosseum

The birthplace of Roman civilisation
Colosseum
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The area around the Colosseum, Campitelli, is the least populated neighborhood of Rome, noted for its museums and archaeological sites, that include the most important temple of ancient Rome (Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus), as well as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, two of Ancient Rome’s greatest monuments. This is where you will find the Palatine Hill, the site where the she-wolf found Romulus and Remus, the mythological founders of the city.

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Esquilino

A true taste of Rome
San Giovanni in Laterano
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The area south of Rome’s central station Termini, Esquilino, is the site of many architectural treasures, with ancient churches whose interiors take your breath away, museums, elegant squares, and popular markets. As authentic as it gets, Esquilino has a mixed population, with a large Chinese immigrant neighborhood, where you’ll find both typical trattorias, as well as ethnic restaurants. Don’t miss the fourth century baptistery in San Giovanni in Laterano, the cathedral of Rome.

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Nomentano

Vibrant nightlife
Nomentano
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Nomentano is a student favorite, as the site of the prestigious Università La Sapienza. It is also an ideal neighborhood for those who travel on a budget, as it boasts numerous student-friendly trattorias, unpretentious cafés, and street markets with food, clothing and more. At night, Nomentano turns into party central, with numerous clubs, and people drinking in the open. And yes, there are enough historic landmarks here too. It’s Rome, after all.

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Old Rome

Religion and antiques
Trevi Fountain
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Old Rome is the site of many ancient churches, traditional trattorias and lovely piazzas and streets to wander about. Via dei Coronari is renowned for its posh antique dealers, while Piazza della Rotonda bustles with tourists, who come to admire the glorious Pantheon. Campo de' Fiori is party central for college students and tourists at night, and Piazza Navona is ideal for shopping and watching street performers. On the other side of Via del Corso you can make a wish at the breathtaking Fontana di Trevi, walk up the Spanish steps in Piazza di Spagna or enjoy luxury shopping in Via Condotti.

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The Vatican

The Papal State
The Vatican
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The Vatican neighborhood was once the site of Emperor Nero’s circus and a place where Christians, including St Peter, were martyred. Today it is the center of the Catholic Church and home to the Pope. Since 1929 the Vatican has also been a state within a city, complete with its own pike-wielding army – the Swiss Guard. The smallest independent country in the world holds the treasures of the Vatican Museum with its remarkable Sistine Chapel by Raphael. A long wall connects the Vatican with Castel Sant’Angelo or the Mausoleum of Hadrian as it’s real name is. Built as a tomb for the Emperor Hadrian, later used as a fortress by the popes, it is today a museum.

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Trastevere

Home to true Romans
Trastevere
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On the other side of the River Tiber from the Centro Storico, Trastevere can’t compete on landmarks, but its narrow, cobbled streets, are more than a match in terms of charm and atmosphere. The trasteverini regard themselves as the only true Romans and celebrate their distinctiveness. Traditionally this was a relaxed, easy-going and working-class district; although it’s increasingly home to fashionable trattorias and wine bars it has retained much of that character.

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Villa Borghese

Rome's quarter of style
Villa Borghese
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The area around Villa Borghese is lined with palazzos and villas, mausoleums, museums, galleries, and historic landmarks. In the magnificent Borghese Gardens you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and visit the Galleria Borghese with its collection of sculpture, paintings and antiquities from the Borghese collection, including pieces from Bernini and Canova. If you approach the Borghese Gardens from Piazza del Popolo up the Pincio hill you can admire a beautiful view of Rome. At the edge of the Borghese Gardens, the Zoo, is the perfect family spot.

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