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Rome, the "Eternal City"

The "Eternal City" is the epitome of 3000 years of art, culture and archaeological treasures. It is one of the most mysterious, electrifying and important tourist destinations in the world. Begin a fascinating journey through a city filled with several layers of history embedded in its walls that make you want to keep coming back for more. The Italian romance with mouth watering delights in food and wine and the famous gelato will make you forget any diet you ever wanted to keep. Walk through Rome where every turn or corner leaves you stunned in awe and lets you discover and enjoy the city in all its glory. And Rome was not built in a day, so don't expect to see it in one!

Ancient Rome

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Colosseum

Begin your journey through this magnificent "Eternal City" and follow a series of traces in order to reconstruct the course of history ,taking you back 3000 years. The "Colosseum" or The Flavius amphitheatre was the most imposing in the Roman world and the most famous monument in Rome.For the tourist today, seeing the Colosseum means, as Charles Dickens wrote, "seeing the ghost of old Rome floating over the places its people walk in". Go back in time and take a picture with a Gladiator against the backdrop of the Colosseum. The Roman Forum is situated in the area between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia and is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. It was only in the eighteenth century that the Forum was rediscovered and finally the recovery of the ancient ruins began, bringing this long-forgotten site back to life. Then to one of the most stunning of all places of worship, The Pantheon and as Michelangelo felt , was the work of angels not men ! A magnificent ancient temple that was later converted into the church of Santa Maria ad Martyres.At the end of the day, rest your tired feet at one of many Trattorias and Pizzerias all over the city and treat yourself to Italy's finest cuisine and wine.

Vatican City - St. Peter's Basilica and The Sistine Chapel

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Vatican City

As the historic tour of the city continues follow the banks of the Tiber to Castel Sant’Angelo, a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, a shelter for popes and a prison. From there, take the spectacular Via della Conciliazione, to reach the Vatican City, the seat of the Papal State. Here we can admire the world famous Piazza San Pietro.The magnificent Saint Peter's Basilica majestically enfolds in this oval piazza. The interiors of the beautiful Basilica leave the faithful who have visited from all walks of life for centuries in awe. It is perhaps the most famous religious site in the world. You will be required to take note of the dress code before you visit and book in advance to skip the lines. The Vatican Museums takes you out of Italy and into the smallest country in the world: the Vatican. The most sought-after stop on the Vatican Museum trail is without doubt the Sistine Chapel. Every room is rich in history and precious examples of life from every era that leave you with an unforgettable experience. The spectacular work of Michelangelo cannot be missed.

Piazza's and Fountains

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Piazza Navona

Spend the day soaking in the vibrant atmosphere around the famous Piazzas and Fountains in Rome. The buzz and excitement is electrifying at the Piazza Novona, an architectural miracle in the heart of the city. You will be treated to a spectacle of jugglers, street performers and seasonal fairs apart from the genius of Bernini and Borromini. Trevi Fountain is an amazing work of art and much more than just a sculpture. You can hear its presence from the nearby streets and the gushing waters reach a crescendo at the Piazza where you will be stunned at the breathtaking sight. Not to be missed is a visit at night where the shimmering lights and the lively ambience of the surrounding restaurants and gelaterias make it a romantic evening to remember. And as tradition goes, don't forget to throw a coin in the fountain over your right shoulder, to ensure your return to the Eternal city. The Piazza di Spagna is a majestic monument in Roman Baroque style. It is a popular tourist attraction and surrounded by elegant hotels and inns. At the Spanish Steps as it is also known today, you will find the famous Barcaccia Fountain. Walk the stairs up to the Trinità Church where you can take in a splendid view of the characteristically butterfly plan of the Piazza. The view in spring of the ramps of the steps filled with flowers is one not to be missed.

Parks and Gardens

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Villa Borghese

After the hustle and bustle of the city and the journey through history, its time for a peaceful breath of fresh air. Stretching from above Piazza del Popolo to the top of Via Veneto, Villa Borghese crowns Rome in a glorious canopy of Green. It represents an unparalleled experience between art, containing the Borghese Gallery with its masterpieces, and the nature surrounding it, including lakes.The well groomed trees, relaxing fountains, romantic walkways, spectacular views of the city set off to perfection at sundown and the secret gardens make it the perfect spot for a summer afternoon. Tivoli is another garden, but its fame is mainly due to the artistic beauties it contains, like Villa D’Este, with its splendid fountains, gardens and magnificent palace of the Renaissance, and Villa Adriana, the ancient residence of emperor Hadrian. The two villas are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Seaside and Lakes - Stepping a little out of Rome

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Bracciano

For those who love lakes ,will enjoy Bracciano, an enchanting stretch of water encircled by the intense green of the surrounding nature and overlooked by a magnificent 16th-Century castle. Walk along the Medieval streets of the villages by the shores of the lake, with wafts of delicious aromas tempting you to try the amazing seafood cuisine in the restaurants overlooking the lake. The spectacular sunset on the swan filled shimmering lake leaves you with an warm romantic embrace. And for those who prefer the sea side, Ostia is the only municipio or district of Rome on the Tyrrhenian Sea and many Romans spend the summer holidays here. To avoid the popular crowded seashores of Ostia, head to Santa Marinella where you will find more room on the beach and at the seafront cafe's. For some La Dolce Vita and a sea change, head to Fregene. Once a simple fishing village, has become an oasis for Italian intellectuals and Rome's fashionable Via Veneto crowd.

Indulge - Shopping and Feasting

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Via del Corso

Rome is one of the most exciting cities to satisfy your shopping urges. No matter if you are searching for haute couture, antiques, or a bargain, the Italian capital has it all. The big four Roman shopping streets - Via dei Condotti, Via Frattina, Via Borgognona and Via Margutta - offer the best of Italian and international Made in Italy fashions, all in incomparable settings, for instance, the Spanish Steps! Via del Corso, and the streets that radiate from it, is the most obvious shopping area. The mile-long street which runs from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo has all manner of shops, including the Ferrari flagship store. After a long day of shopping what better way to end your inspiring journey of the city then to enjoy the delicacies and mouth watering delights that Italy has to offer. Rome is filled with Trattorias, with live music , Cafe's and Gellaterias. Aperitivi spots line the charming piazzas of the Historic Center and on Via Veneto, the backdrop to Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. The mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked pizza and "all manner of folk" characterise Trastevere, another district of Rome to enjoy and party the night away. And as they say, When in Rome, do as the Romans do!