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Rome, Italy is the capital of Italy and of its Latium region. It is located across the confluence of the Tiber and Aniene rivers.
Rome's climate is at its most comfortable from April to October, however the weather in Rome is often changeable. Summer, the main season, combines long daylight hours with lengthy evenings. It is usually very warm and windy during the summer, but during winter, it is a bit cold.
Rome is more than a fascinating European capital
city; it is a spectacular encyclopedia of living history. Rome is halfway down
Italy's western coast, about 12 miles inland. It has been said that every road
in Rome leads to eternity. The city is vast, though the historic center is quite
small. The whole experience of Rome is so powerful as to be almost overwhelming
at times. The best way to prepare for a visit is to study a little of the
history of the region, to be as well rested as possible, and to arrange an
itinerary that allows time to explore, rest, and reflect on the magnificence of
There is a steady stream of spectacular festivals, exhibits and
events for the whole family.
Guided walking tours and bus
tours for every energy level and budget provide great assistance in becoming
acquainted with the past and present of this amazing city. Rome is a city in
which it is recommended that driving and walking anywhere near areas of traffic
be avoided if possible. The streets are extremely congested, and drivers are
not considered to be responsible for watching out for pedestrians. The public
transportation is excellent and offers the convenience of buses and subways at
a nominal cost.
Whether the visitor is seeking a quiet, romantic café on the Campo de’ Fiori;
a fast food McDonald’s with air conditioning on the Piazza della Repubblica or
a cozyand intimate family operated restaurant with one or two exquisitely
prepared selections of the day on the Piazza Santa Maria, there is great food
for every taste.
city boasts a wide variety of shopping opportunities. Spanish Square presents
high fashion selections while the more modestly priced clothing is to be found
on the Via del Corso and Via Tritone. North of Spanish Square are areas famous
for their antique shops and art galleries. Porta Portese hosts a huge flea
market every Sunday morning.
does not go to sleep at sunset. Open air symphonic concerts, ballet and opera
performances, live rock and jazz are all available.
lays claim to two pro football teams, Roma and Lazio. Rivalry is fierce between
them. Basketball is gaining in popularity. It is played in the Palazzo dello
Sport designed for the 1960 Olympics.
city’s 300 fountains, its sculpture, its glorious panorama of ancient, medieval,
Renaissance, baroque and modern art, music and architecture are all part of the
reason that Pope Gregory XIVs remark in the 16th century is still true today.
Pope Gregory said of the joys of exploring and discovering the city, “a lifetime
is not enough.”