Rome is the capital of Italy and is often described as eternal city since it is over 2,700 years old. In this city a phenomenal concentration of history, legend, and monuments coexists and the ancient world is perfectly integrated with the modern: the Roman Forum and the Pantheon rub shoulders with Baroque palazzos, and Renaissance villas sit alongside the modernism of Mussolini’s redesign of the capital, and you can drive along a busy Roman street and see the Coliseum rearing up in front of you.
Rome means history: Etruscan tombs, Republican meeting rooms, imperial temples, early Christian churches, medieval bell towers, Renaissance palaces, and baroque basilicas. As you stroll through this remarkable city you are walking in the footsteps of the Caesars, St. Peter, Charlemagne, the Popes, and Michelangelo!
Rome is a city that will keep you busy and entertained at all times. For those who are interested in art, music, history, and religion, there are few cities in the world that offer more.
The Pantheon is the most complete remnant of ancient Rome, and the Coliseum is probably the most recognizable. The Forum was at the center of ancient Rome and therefore the hub of the Mediterranean world. Rome boasts over 900 churches and inside its heart you can find another state: the Vatican with its museum that is the largest and most diverse collection of art and sculpture on the planet, St. Peter’s Cathedral for sure one of the largest and most ornately decorated cathedrals found anywhere in the world. In and around you can find art masterpieces from Renaissance Masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini, and Raphael.
Regarding the squares Piazza Navona is the most beautiful square in the capital, followed by the one of Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
Finally do not miss the undergrounds of Rome and the Ancient Appian Way.
A capital of Italy, Rome is the scene of several events and celebrations during the whole year. One of the most important is the birthday celebrations of the city that take place every year in April, composed of an historical parade with thousands of actors dressing ancient Roman clothes, and an historical commemoration of the mythical founding of Rome.
Linked to the religious field, others characteristic events are Festa di San Giovanni, one of the main celebrations in the past connected to the figure of the saint but also to the snails feast, and Festa di Pietro e Paolo, the two protectors of the city, celebrated on June 29th with several events throughout Rome and Vatican ending with a special firework show.
Finally for the cinema lover, another fixed appointment is the International Rome Film Festival that takes place every year in autumn.