Rome Travel Guide
Rome, Roma in Italian, wasn't built in a day. It took nearly 2,800 years to build. Its mind-boggling array of monuments and ruins can attest to that. The city, in any case, is famously built on seven hills – we're speaking of Ancient Rome here – and is among the oldest in continental Europe, acknowledged as one of the birthplaces of Western Civilization (the other being Athens, Greece). Here, celebrated emperors such as Julius Caesar as well as debauch ones such as Nero once held sway, while gladiators battled lions and each other in the Colosseum to regale sports spectators of the day, the pious made peace with their gods at the Pantheon, and Michelangelo painted the vaulted ceilings of the storied Sistine Chapel. Rome, one might add, is also one of the most successfully branded cities in the world, and a premier travel destination, packed with topnotch museums, galleries, shops, fashion houses, cafés and restaurants, where zippy little Vespa scooters weave in and out of traffic jams, while tourists marvel endlessly at the plethora of sights and attractions, toss a coin or two in the Trevi Fountain, and wash down the biscotti with a frothy cup of cappuccino, no matter how many times they have visited the city. Rome, after all, remains the world's "Eternal City" and, too, Caput Mundi!
Rome is situated on the Tiber River in the region of Lazio, near the center of the west coast of Italy.
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