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Via Pietro Baragiola 18 24
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Via Umberto Pavoni
Grottaferrata, 19-00046 IT
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Via Laurentina 554
Rome, 00143 IT
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They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day and, for those that have made the journey to the Italian capital city, deep exploration of the metropolis today requires more than one if not many days in order to take in all she has to offer. Once a powerful and dominant civilization throughout ancient Europe, today’s hustle and bustle city of Rome offers a journey into history while keeping up with modern fashions, trend and, of course, cuisine.
Legend states that Rome is named after its first ruler, Romulus whom along with his twin brother Remus had been fed and raised by a she-wolf. The brothers built a city, which was named Rome following the death of Remus by Romulus’ own hand. Throughout the centuries of Rome’s existence, it has been richly influenced by a magnitude of cultures, all which show their influence within architecture and traditions carried forth.
Today, millions travel to Rome each year to experience her history, art and gastronomical pleasures as well as for religious expeditions and pilgrimages. St. Peter’s Basilica, located in the separate country that is Vatican City, serves as the holiest of landmarks. St. Peter’s Square continues to open itself for the thousands that gather for the reigning Pope’s masses.
History buffs can travel to few locations and receive such a vast education within a single city. The ancient Romans’ architectural genius shines on in the existing structures such as the aqueducts, the Forum and, perhaps the most famous of landmarks, the Coliseum. Travelers can walk above the famous bowels of the structure and within her passageways much like the ancient spectators did, imagining the peril, excitement and theatrical works that once echoed throughout the Coliseum’s walls.
Art is alive and well in Rome, proudly displayed in museums, churches and other such tourist attractions. Perhaps the most visited exhibit is within the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo’s masterpiece continues to inspire artists, religious followers and all that file through the doors to witness in person what truly makes these paintings a must-see. Famous sculptures are littered throughout the many churches and galleries of Rome, including works by Bernini as well as other paintings by Caravaggio and Raphael.
Shopping remains a serious pastime for Italians today and travelers to the city of Rome will want to return home with more than postcards and other common souvenirs after being exposed to the styles draped across store windows. The Spanish Steps are surrounded by luxury boutiques such as Armani, Gucci, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana. Known as the richest street in Rome, many of these shops discourage browsers by charging a fee merely to set foot in the stores. However, the more frugal shopper can still leave Rome with armfuls of well-made clothing and other specialties and tourists can mix with the locals at the popular flea market, Porta Portese, on Sundays.
Dining in Rome leaves little room for making bad choices. Although there are a great many fancy restaurants, a visit to one of the hundreds of trattorias peppering the alleyways will result in a fabulous, home cooked meal. Cafes are plentiful and a relatively inexpensive way to begin the day with a cappuccino and pastry.