A Visit to the Eternal City
Surely, no city on earth holds so many attractions, art, historical associations, and sense of the magical as Rome. Whether you are a frequent visitor to the city or planning on your first trip, Rome will delight and entrance you as no other place in the world can. A unique combination of the ancient and modern, Rome offers you the opportunity to garner memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
History Meets the Present
Although Rome was officially founded in 753 BC by the twins Romulus and Remus, the area has been inhabited for more than 14,000 years. While it is thought that Romulus gave his name to the city, another interesting idea is that the name comes from the archaic word for the Tiber River, Rumon. A bridge built over the Tiber in 62 BC, Fabricius’ Bridge, is still open to foot traffic.
The seven hills that made up the ‘original’
When you walk some of the streets of Rome, you will be walking where legionnaires tramped as they left for battle, where Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, and Cicero walked. The Coliseum, the scene of so much drama, tragedy, and excitement, still raises part of its framework to the sky, and perhaps you can still catch an echo of the cheers and shouting that filled this arena when games were held in Ancient Rome.
Getting the Most Out of Your Visit
Whether your journey to Rome will last for a week, or for several months, there are certain places you will definitely want to visit. Be sure to bring your camera along as personal photographs will make your trip more meaningful.
Although the exterior of San Luigi dei Francesi, or the Church of St. Louis of the French, is fairly unprepossessing, the interior is one of the most fabulously decorated in Rome.
Whether you opt for exploring on your own, or take advantage of a guided tour, the Coliseum should definitely be on your itinerary. This is one of Rome’s most enduring monuments.
Located in the Cavalieri Hilton, the La Pergola restaurant is considered to be the very best in Rome. The exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, choice of wines, and a setting in which an Orsini prince would feel comfortable all combine to make a meal here the perfect culinary experience.
Although actually a separate state, the Vatican is located in Rome, and is entered through the Via della Conciliazione, which brings you into St. Pete’s Square. Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica is a must, but wandering through the Vatican Gardens, begun in the 13th Century, is relaxing and soothing.
Rome is a destination no traveler will want to miss – the multitude of things to see and do make this a city you will be reluctant to leave.
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